Thursday, November 4

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9:30-10:45 ET

11:00-12:30 ET

Intersectionality and Music Analysis: An Introduction

Sponsored by the Committee on the Status of Women
Jan Miyake (Oberlin Conservatory & Conservatory), Chair and Organizer; Lori Burns (University of Ottawa), Nadine Hubbs (University of Michigan), Alisha Lola Jones, (Indiana University), Presenters


Deborah Burton (Boston University), Chair

N.B. Unfortunately there was a Zoom error during this session, please use the following two links to access the recordings of this session:

Opera/Operetta - part 1

Opera/Operetta - part 2

  • Andrew Vagts, Horn Fifths, Fanfare, and Pastoral Topics in Mozart's “Per pietà, ben mio”
  • Karen E. H. Messina, Autonomous Accord: The Double Formal Complex in the Act I Finale of Tosca
  • John Y. Lawrence, Sullivan’s Slyly Shifting Stresses
Towards Defining A Musical Style

Christopher Doll (Rutgers University), Chair

N.B. Unfortunately there was a Zoom error during this session, please use the following two links to access the recordings of this session:

Towards Defining A Musical Style - part 1

Towards Defining A Musical Style - part 2

  • Fred Hosken, Characterizing a Signature Metric Feel: The Stax Sound
  • Steven Reale, “Bobbing on the Surface as the Shadow Glides Below”:Phishy Polyphony and the Evacuated Signifier
  • Amy Bauer and Luis Zambrano, El cajón del Mariachi: Schemata of a Vernacular Genre
20th-Century Composers’ Tonal Organization

Andrew Mead (Indiana University), Chair

N.B. Unfortunately there was a Zoom error during this session, please use the following two links to access the recordings of this session:

20th-Century Composers’ Tonal Organization - part 1

20th-Century Composers’ Tonal Organization - part 2

  • Dylan Principi, Milhaud’s Technique of Combination: Tonal Juxtapositions in the String Quartets
  • Jared Redmond, Roslavets’s Old System of Tone Organization: Scriabinism, Synthetic Chords, and the Fifth Piano Sonata (1923)
  • C. Catherine Losada, Rotational Arrays in the Music of Boulez
History Of Theory: 18th-Century Europe

YouYoung Kang, Chair

  • Callum Blackmore, Embodying the Querelle des Bouffons: The Voice of the Royal Mistress and Music-Theoretical Dispute in Eighteenth-Century France
  • Siavash Sabetrohani, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater: Musical Debates and Nationalist Aspirations in Late-Eighteenth-Century Germany
  • Frank Heidlberger, Between Hamburg, Vienna and Paris: Anton Reicha’s Music Theory from the Perspective of his Early Manuscripts

12:45-2:15 ET


Robert Hatten, Chair

  • Kyle Hutchinson, Black Narratives in the White Racial Frame: Dialogue, Persistence, and Structure in Florence Price’s Piano Sonata in E Minor
  • David Orvek, “Like a Piece of Woven Material”: Unity and Organicism in Elizabeth Maconchy's String Quartet No. 11
  • Lindsey Reymore, A Timbral-Motivic Analysis of Obermüller’s different forms of phosphorus for Solo English Horn
Flexible Themes and Forms

Peter Smucker, Chair

  • Joan Huguet, Montage Form and the Evolution of the Musical Theater Ensemble
  • Christopher Gage, Filling in the Blanks: Formal Ambiguity in Game Show Themes of the 1970s
  • Nathaniel Mitchell, Variations on a Theme by K. K. Slider: Variation Sets and the Hourly Music of Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Songs In Flux

Christine Boone, Chair

  • Clare Sher Ling Eng, Exploring A Rhizomatic Model of Engaging Non-Canonic Music with Teresa Teng’s “Hai Yun” as Intertext
  • Micheal Sebulsky, Improvised Structures in the Music of the Dave Matthews Band
  • Stephen A. Spencer, Textural Problematics in The Jesus and Mary Chain’s Psychocandy
Sonata Forms

Joel Galand, Chair

  • Desirée Mayr, Sonata Form Through the Eyes of Leopoldo Miguéz
  • Graham G. Hunt, Redundant, Lesser, and Inconvenient Sonata-Rondo Forms?: Mozart’s and Haydn’s Late 18th-Century Rondo Finales Revisited
  • Alexis Millares Thomson, Form-Functional Roles of the Symphonic Motto

12:45-4:00 ET

Whose Voices? Epistemic Injustice and Exclusion in Music Academia

Sponsored by the Committee on Accessibility and Disability
Anabel Maler (University of Iowa), Chair and Organizer

  • Stefan Sunandan Honisch, Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Measures
  • Richard Beaudoin, ‘We like no noise, unless we make it ourselves’: Music Theory’s (Insidious) Norms
  • Stephanie Ban and Andrew Dell’Antonio, Rousseau as Neurodivergent Music Theorist: Thoughts on Disrupting Cognitive Barriers
  • Sumanth Gopinath, Not Doing Music Theory: Reflections on My Path Through (and Around) the Profession
  • Jennifer Iverson, Music Sociality
  • Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, Epistemic Injustice and Deaf ‘Hearers’ of Music

2:30-4:00 ET

Delivery Schemata And Vocal Stress

Jocelyn Neal, Chair

  • Kristi Hardman, The Vocal Backbeat as a Text Painting Device in Recent Mainstream Country Music
  • Joseph VanderStel and David Temperley, Syncopation and Syllabic Stress in 20th-Century Popular Music
  • Mitchell Ohriner, Anaphoric Descents in Hip-Hop Vocal Delivery
Gestures And Fragments

Jonathan Bernard, Chair

  • John Heilig, Interpreting Harmony through Gesture in the Chromatic Music of Anton Webern
  • Daniel Moreira de Sousa, Textural Gestures in the Music of Edgard Varèse
  • Matthew Sandahl, Kurtág’s Fragmentary Forms: Incompletion and Unity in op.7 and op. 28
Poster Session 1: 20th/21st-Century Compositional Strategies

Patricia Hall, Chair

  • Yi-Cheng Daniel Wu, Durational and Formal Organizations in Guoping Jia's The Wind Sound in the Sky (2002)
  • Nathan Smith, Skiing in k Dimensions, Or, “Metric” k-ary n-Cubes in Some Music of (and since) Ligeti
  • Joshua Banks Mailman, The Notational Technology of Stockhausen’s Refrain Mediating Between Serialism and Aleatoricism
  • Charles Weaver, Messiaen’s Octatonic Voice Leading: A Neo-Riemannian Approach
  • Stephen C. Brown, Interval Pairing and the Tonnetz in the Music of Lutosławski
  • Niels Verosky, Extracting Scale Structure from Common Collections in Rock Music

2:30-4:30 ET

The Expanding History Of Theory I

Thomas Christensen, Chair

  • Navid Bargrizan, From Monophony to Melo-Harmony: How Harry Partch Influenced Manfred Stahnke
  • David E. Cohen, Marsilio Ficino’s Letter on Music Theory: Just Intonation, the Ovoid Scale, and the Neoplatonic One
  • Daniel Villegas Vélez, Ut pictura, musica: Zarlino and Galilei on the Nature of Mimesis
  • Garrett Groesbeck, Confronting Ma: Self-Orientalism and the Legacy of Tōru Takemitsu in Japanese Music Theory Discourse


7:00 ET