SMT Queer Resource Group (SMT-LGTB)

Mission Statement

The SMT Queer Resource Group (SMT-LGTB) explores issues of gender and sexuality as they pertain to music theory scholarship and to the professional lives of music theorists.


The Queer Resource Group is also soliciting input for the 2015 meeting. If you have ideas, please email Gavin Lee.

Past Year Activities


Together with the AMS LGBTQ Study Group, SEM Gender and Sexualities Task Force, UBC (School of Music, and Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice), and Women & Music journal, QRG is sponsoring "Race-ing Queer Music Scholarship," a symposium held in conjunction with the AMS/SMT Nov 2016 meeting in Vancouver. The symposium will tackle the intersectionality of critical race and queer music scholarship, particularly the marginalization of race in queer music discourse. Our business meeting will feature one of the panels. For the program, click

Identification and Identity

Kyle Kaplan, “Peter de Rome's Soundtracks and the Politics of Interracial Desire.”

Mitchell Morris, “The Blacks, The Jews, and the Gays: Bette Midler's Third-Order Vaudeville.”

Stephan Pennington, “Willmer Broadnax, Mid-Century Gospel, and Black Trans/masculinities.”


Miriam Piilonen presented her paper on “Queen Bees and Amazons: Queer Insect Embodiment in Music.”


Christopher Culp (University at Buffalo SUNY), “Utopia Against Identity: Queer Music Theory and Negativity”

Danielle Sofer (University of Music and Dramatic Arts, Graz, Austria), “Convergences in Music Analysis (or, Music Theory’s Queer Complex)”


Potential mentors and mentees are encouraged to write to the chair, Gavin Lee, to be matched up with suitable mentors, depending on each individual’s circumstances and needs. (Advice offered draws on each mentor’s experience and does not represent SMT’s views.) The Queer Resource Group welcomes the establishment of formal and informal affiliations with friends, allies, and other SMT committees and interest groups.


For more information on the SMT Queer Resources Group or to find out more about how to participate in this group please contact Gavin Lee.