Society for Music Theory
44th Annual Meeting

Nov 4–Nov 7, 2021

Download the Preliminary Program    


SMT 44 program book cover

August 17, 2021

Dear Members of the SMT Community,

In response to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the United States and abroad, the Executive Board of the Society for Music Theory voted yesterday to shift the 2021 Annual Meeting from a hybrid format to entirely virtual. The conference will take place during the same scheduled days, November 4–7, and will feature live presentations with Q&A. As we transition to a virtual format, we will consider the many helpful comments received from you in the 2020 post-conference survey. More organizational details will be forthcoming. Naturally, we regret being unable to meet in person, but the safety of our members is our highest priority.

Patricia Hall

President of SMT



Early registration rates (through October 15, 2021)

  • Student/low income: $50
  • Regular: $125

Regular registration rates

  • Student/low income: $75
  • Regular: $150

Complimentary registration (for exhibitors, sponsors, SMT grant recipients, undergraduates, invited guests, and volunteers) 

Info for attendees and participants

We have several resources to help you navigate SMT 2021.

Info for Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Advertisers

The SMT offers advertising opportunities at a range of price points: sponsorships, exhibits, and program book advertising. Reservation, payment, and ad copy deadline is October 15


The SMT offers reception space to its attendees, university theory programs, regional and international theory societies, and publishing companies. To request reception space, please complete this form by October 15.

All reception attendees must be registered for the SMT conference. 

Graduate School Fair

The Graduate School Fair is a once-a-year opportunity to share information about your music theory program with colleagues, prospective students, and current students. Each school will be assigned to one hour during the fair (4:30-5:30PM EDT or 5:30-6:30PM EDT) on Thursday, 4 November 2021.

Programs are welcome to upload promotional materials about their graduate degrees in advance of the virtual conference (upload link will be available at a later date). Universities are asked to provide their own Zoom meeting link which will be listed in the program book and on the conference platform. 

If you would like your institution represented, please fill out the Graduate School Fair reservation form by October 15.

CV and Cover Letter Review

The SMT Professional Development Committee will host its annual CV and Cover Letter Review Session, but this year, pairs will communicate via email and, if they wish, via Zoom. Our team of faculty reviewers will provide tailored feedback on CVs and other job documents. We warmly invite SMT members at all career stages—students, recent graduates, faculty members, independent scholars—to participate in the session. Over the years, the CV and Cover Letter Review Session has helped numerous SMT members prepare for the job market. 

Register to participate in the CV and Cover Letter Review by October 23

Conference Guides Program

The Professional Development Committee's Conference Guides Program offers a simple and informal means for longer-term SMT members to welcome and connect with newer members. This program plays an important role making the conference—and discipline—welcoming to all. As in previous years, guides will be paired with newer members, but this year there will be no programed element during the conference. Instead, pairs will be encouraged to communicate via e-mail or video call before and after the conference. Register by October 29

Student Presentation Award

The SMT Student Presentation Award ($250) is given annually to a graduate or undergraduate music student for a scholarly presentation (paper or poster) at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory. The deadline to submit materials is Friday, October 8


Frequently Asked Questions

When can I register and what will it cost?

Early registration will be available through October 15, 2021. Regular registration rates will go into effect October 16. 

Early registration rates (through October 15, 2021)

  • Student/low income: $50
  • Regular: $125

Regular registration rates

  • Student/low income: $75
  • Regular: $150
Will there be an exhibit hall?

Yes, we will have a virtual exhibit hall available to all registrants. Exhibitors will have a dedicated space, product demonstrations, and the opportunity to meet one-on-one with attendees.

How do I reserve an exhibit booth or program book ad?

Information about exhibitor and advertiser opportunities is available on a separate page.

Will presentations be pre-recorded or live? Asynchronous or synchronous?

Presentations and Q&As will be conducted live. Supplementary materials will be available in advance on the conference platform.  

Will there still be poster sessions?

Yes, the virtual meeting will feature multiple poster sessions. 

Is there a deadline for presenters to register and submit materials?

Yes, presenters must register by October 15 and submit materials by October 22. Information and instructions on creating, formatting, and uploading presentations are available on this webpage.

Will presentations be available after the conference?

Yes, all presentations will be recorded, archived, and available to registrants through December 31, 2021.

Will there be opportunities to network and socialize?

Yes. There will be opportunities to network, socialize, and connect with colleagues and friends. More information about these opportunities will be forthcoming.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021