Friday November 3, 9:00 - 10:00 am
Salons 5-7

The Interest Group Fair will celebrate the place of interest groups in SMT’s history with a timeline of important events. It will also provide opportunities to meet representatives from the IGs, to find out about IG activities, and to learn how to get involved. All 24 interest groups will be present. There will a representative from each group, as well as (for attendees to browse) short videos introducing the groups and their activities. Coffee and tea will be provided.

Adjunct Faculty

Saturday, Nov. 4, 12:15-1:45 pm
Studio F

Analysis of World Music

November 4, 12:15-1:45pm
Studio B

This year's meeting will feature talks by Michael Tenzer and Gilad Rabinovitch and a brief report on the Improvising Brain III conference, which took place last spring. We will also discuss future interest group activities as well as the upcoming Analytical Approaches to World Music conference, to be held in June 2018 in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Michael Tenzer (University of British Columbia), "Three Polyphonic Homonyms."

Gilad Rabinovitch (Georgia State University), "Galant Schemata Meet World."

Autographs and Archival Documents Interest Group

November 3rd, 5:15-7:15pm
Studio B

After a short business meeting (5:15-5:30pm), we'll have six lightning talks on "light bulb moments," that is, moments when sketches or other archival documents provided significant new insights in understanding a musical work.

Alan Gosman (University of Arkansas), Moderator

Richard Beaudoin (Brandeis University), "Solti Marking Time in Mahler: Two Annotated Conducting Scores of the Fourth Symphony"

Áine Heneghan (University of Michigan), "An Index and 'Komposition mit zwölf Tönen'"

Patricia Hall (University of Michigan), "Compositional Evolution in Alban Berg's Lulu"

Discussion 6:00-6:15, Break 6:15-6:30

C. Catherine Losada (University of Cincinnati), "Sketches, Compositional Process and Form"

Laura Emmery (Emory University), "The Elliott Carter Collection at the Paul Sacher Stiftung: The String Quartets"

Joshua DeVries (University of Michigan), "HOPE (George Crumb's Black Angels)"

Discussion 7:00-7:15

Dance and Movement Interest Group

November 2, 5:15-7:15pm
Studio D

We will be hosting a roundtable discussion of a tango performance by dancers Juan Carlos Copes and Cecilia Narova to the famous "La cumparsita." While we will have a panel of invited analysts, anyone is welcome to prepare for and contribute to the discussion by watching this YouTube video.

Following this preliminary discussion, tango specialist Kristin Wendland (Emory University) will teach an introductory dance lesson and present her own analysis of the video.

Kristin Wendland (Emory University), "Argentine Tango"

Disability Studies in Music

Friday, November 3, 12:15 - 1:45
Studio E

The SMT Interest Group on Music and Disability invites all interested SMT members to join us from 12:15 to 1:45 on Friday November 3rd in Studio E of the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel for our annual group meeting. Please feel free to bring your lunch.
We will begin with a short business meeting that will last no more than fifteen minutes. This will then be followed by an informal seminar on The Intersections of Sound Studies and Disability Studies in Music that will last from 12:30 until approximately 1:45. We will be led for this seminar by noted authors Mara Mills (NYU) and Jonathan Sterne (McGill University) who will be joining us from The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin where they are presently co-authoring a book on the history of time stretching and pitch shifting technology. Professors Mills and Sterne will be joining us via Skype. Sumanth Gopinath (University of Minnesota) and Jennifer Iverson (University of Chicago) will be our respondents, on site.

In preparation for this seminar, we ask that you read two short essays from the volume Keywords in Sound Studies: Chapter 4 (Mills) “Deafness,” and Chapter 6 (Sterne) “Hearing.” In addition, please also consider reading the recent essay “Dismediation: Three Proposals and Six Tactics,” co-authored by Mills and Sterne.

You can access these readings here:




Early Music Analysis

November 4, 12:15–1:45 pm
Studio A

Our meeting will open with informal "research notes," two workshop-style talks exploring current research in the field. The second half of our meeting will involve new business, including planning events for next year. All are welcome for the entire meeting.

Ryan Taycher (Indiana University), "Some Observations on Dissonance Treatment in the Fourteenth Century"

Aaron Carter-Énvì and William S. Dula (Morehouse College), "EMViz: Pattern Recognition and Visualization of Pre-Classical Monophonic and Polyphonic Music"

Film and Multimedia Interest Group

November 3, 5:15–7:15pm
Salons 1&2

Join us for a lively session of lightning talks! See the full program here:

Global New Music Interest Group

November 4, Sat, 5:30–7:30
Studio B

Join us for a series of short presentations and listenings on global musical modernisms, including works by composers from Japan, Singapore, South Korea, China, and Estonia.

History of Music Theory

November 3, 5:15–7:15pm
Studio E

While teachers and authors in the Renaissance were sometimes reluctant to share all their secrets in their prose, they often hid important messages in their musical examples. Some of these can change the way we think about the authors, and, more importantly, about the music they addressed. I will show instances that have gone overlooked from treatises by Thomas Morley, Gioseffo Zarlino, Francisco de Montanos, and Pietro Cerone.

Peter Schubert (McGill University), "'One will easily understand later…': Reading Musical Examples in Treatises"

Improvisation Group

Saturday, November 4, 8:00 to 9:00 a.m
Salons 1 & 2

We will discuss the general topic Implications of improvisation to analysis, pedagogy, and theory dealing with research problems that stem from recent work and their implications for the future:

1) Historical teaching methods and their implications for analyzing repertoires / treatises.
2) Critical perspectives on improvisation.
3) Analyzing compositions? Analyzing improvisations?
4) Improvisation in teaching.

Among the panelists: Giorgio Sanguinetti, Peter Schubert, and Chris Stover.

Feel free to bring your coffee and muffin!

Jazz Interest Group

Friday, November 3, from 12:15 to 1:45
Studio D

The Jazz Interest Group will host a panel exploring how centering jazz, with its unique cultural and analytical context, might help to de-center Whiteness in the core curriculum while maintaining (or advancing) the learning outcomes treasured by the music theory community.

Panelists: Braxton Shelley (Harvard University), Jane Piper Clendinning (Florida State University), Janna Saslaw (Loyola University New Orleans); Garrett Michaelsen (University of Massachusetts, Lowell)

Mathematics of Music Analysis Interest Group

November 4, 5:30-7:30pm
Studio E

This years meeting will include presentations from Jack Douthett, Stephen Guerra, and Rachel Hall, followed by lightning talks, and concluding with group business.

Music and Philosophy

Saturday, Nov. 4, 12:15-1:45 pm
Studio E

Music and Psychoanalysis

Saturday, Nov. 4, 5:30-7:30 pm
Studio D

Music Cognition Interest Group

Saturday, November 4, 12:15pm-1:45pm
Studio D

Justin London (Carleton College) will give a short presentation on how to build collaborations with existing labs at your institution and beyond. Then, the meeting will move to a small groups discussion format, where people go to a different small group based on their interest (e.g. interest in computational labs, interest in behavioral psychology labs, etc.).

Music Informatics Interest Group

November 4, 5:30-7:30pm
Studio F

We will be holding a poster session for computational and corpus projects. All are welcome to attend.

Liberté, Égalité, et L'intelligence Musicale Artificielle: Ethical Implications of Algorithmic Bias and Value Alignment in Musical Informatics
Michael Austin, Howard University

“Assembling a Database of Validated Audio Stimuli: Evaluating Valence in Musical and Non-music Sounds”
Lindsay Warrenburg, Ohio State University

“Stylistic Norms and Change in 16th Century Mass Movements: a corpus study”
Connor Davis, Louisiana State University

"The Film Score Themes of Max Steiner: A Corpus Study"
Brent Yorgasen, Brigham Young University

"Does solo instrumentation convey sadness in orchestral music?"
Neils Chr. Hansen and David Huron, Ohio State University

"Modeling Performance on Aural Skills Examinations?"
David Baker, Louisiana State University

“Signaling Fear in Horror Movie Soundtracks: The Use of Acoustic Features of Human Screams”
Caitlyn Trevor, Ohio State University"

Pedagogy Interest Group

November 3, 12:15-1:45
Studio B

For its annual meeting, the Pedagogy Interest Group is pleased to have Richard Cohn lead a presentation team consisting of Justin London, John Roeder, and John Buccheri, on the topic of Meter Pedagogy. Time for questions and discussion will follow their presentations. This promises to be a very rewarding and insightful session, so all those available are invited to attend!

Performance and Analysis Interest Group

November 3, 12:15–1:45 pm
Studio A

The PAIG meeting will comprise three short position papers (selected through a blind review process) followed by a brief business meeting and general discussion. Full details and abstracts are available at this link

Bonnie McAlvin (CUNY Graduate Center), “Using Embodiment Schema to Help Student Performers Relate to Their Theory Work”

Jonathan Dunsby (Eastman School of Music), “Three Case Studies In Search of Holistic Performance Research”

Wing Lau (University of Arkansas), “Paradox of Interpretation and the Resolved(?) Dualism”

Popular Music Interest Group (PMIG)

Saturday November 4, 5:30-7:30
Salons 1&2

"The Popular Music Interest Group (PMIG) 2017 session will feature five short repertoire presentations from scholars studying niche or underrepresented genres of popular music, with the aim of educating the PMIG about an artist or artists from that particular genre. Presentations will be 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes of questions and discussion.

We will also be presenting our annual publication awards, given to publications within two years of the application deadline: (1) The PMIG Outstanding Publication Award, given to an outstanding article on popular music by a senior scholar and (2) The Adam Krims Award, which acknowledges the work of an outstanding popular music publication by a junior scholar.

This year we will also be soliciting nominations for incoming Chair of the Popular Music Interest Group for the 2019-2021 term. If you would like to nominate yourself or another scholar of popular music, please contact the current PMIG Chair, Nancy Murphy ( before the nomination deadline (which will be announced via SMT Announce after the 2017 SMT meeting)."

"Jeff Yunek, Assistant Professor (Kennesaw State University) “Perceiving the Mosaic: Form in the Mashups of DJ Earworm” Co-authors: Benjamin Wadsworth (Associate Professor, Kennesaw State University) and Simon Needle (BA Student, Kennesaw State University)

Lydia Huang, Ph.D. Student (Temple University) “The Chinese Mistress: Analyzing Wang Leehom’s ‘Hua Tian Cuo’”

Chantal Lemire, Ph.D. Candidate (Western University) “Speaking Songs: Tom Waits and the Music of Spoken Word”

Grant Sawatzky, Ph.D. Candidate (UBC) “Transforming Pitch, Tempo, and ‘Playback Speed’: On Collage Technique and the Construction of Nostalgia in Vaporwave”

Jesse Kinne, Ph.D. Candidate (University of Cincinnati) “The Grooves of Swordplay in Samurai Champloo”"

Post-1945 Music Analysis

November 3, 12:15–1:45 pm
Studio F

Workshop on rhythm, form, and hermeneutics regarding Lutoslawski's
Venetian Games (1960) and Third Symphony (1983).

Discussion of writings on Lutoslawski by Hasty, Hextel, Reyland, and more:

Suggested prioritized preparation for the meeting

Outline of material and discussion




Queer Resource Group

November 3, 2017, 12:15–1:45
Studio C

Fred Maus and Queer Music Theory, Retrospective and Prospective." Roger Mathew Grant will introduce Fred Maus, followed by papers by Fred Maus, Jenny Olivia Johnson, and Vivian Luong. Business meeting agenda include election of new co-chair and by-laws.

Russian Music Theory Interest Group

November 4, 12:15–1:45 pm
Salons 1 and 2

The Russian Music Theory Interest Group is pleased to feature four 15-minute paper presentations: one invited (Inessa Bazayev, former Chair of the Interest Group) and three selected through blind review. The papers apply a variety of analytical approaches to works by Russian composers. We welcome non-members as well as active members to our meeting.


Christopher Segall (University of Cincinnati), Chair

Spirituality and Cyclicity in Galina Ustvolskaya’s Piano Works
Inessa Bazayev (Louisiana State University)

Rifts in Sonata Space: Medtner’s Sonatas Op. 22 and Op. 25, No. 2
Christopher Brody (University of Louisville)

Praying with Alfred Schnittke and Grigor Narekatsi: Exploring the Second Movement of the Concerto for Choir
Aleksandra Drozzina (Louisiana State University)

Expression Parameters and Spiritual Dramaturgy in Sofia Gubaidulina’s Am Rande des Abgrunds
Christopher Lennard (University of Texas at Austin)

End of meeting

Scholars for Social Responsibility

Friday, November 3, 7:00-8:45 AM
Studio D

This year we have a panel ten-minute speakers on Activism in Academia.
We will also discuss group business and begin planning for next year.

"Molly Murdoch (Eastman School of Music), "The .2%."

Stephen Lett (University of Michigan), "Activating Theorists/Activating Theory."

Clare Eng (Belmont University), "There is no such thing as work-family balance."

Michael Buchler (Florida State University), "You Can Keep Politics Out of the Classroom but You Can't Keep the Classroom out of Politics: Why Faculty Unions Matter."

J. Daniel Jenkins (University of South Carolina), "Teaching Music Theory to Inmates after #MNkerfuffle."

Work and Family

November 3, 5:15-7:15pm
Studio D

Introduction of new WorkFam chair, presentation of data from the 2016-2017 Leave Survey and research grants that do not require relocation, and three lightning talks selected by peer review.

Jenine Brown (Peabody Conservatory), "Super-Commuting: One Solution to the Two-Career Problem."
Elizabeth Smith (Normal, IL), "Choosing Adjunct Life."
Chantal Lemire (Western University), "On Compassionate Grounds: Eldercare Policies and Practices in Academic Institutions."