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.
President of SMT
Early registration rates (through October 15, 2021)
Regular registration rates
Complimentary registration (for exhibitors, sponsors, SMT grant recipients, undergraduates, invited guests, and volunteers)
We have several resources to help you navigate SMT 2021.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.