The Annual Meeting of the South-Central Society for Music Theory was held virtually from February 19–20. The meeting was a great success, with 69 attendees, an increase from the previous year’s face-to-face conference. This year, we had 24 proposals submitted, with 18 being accepted, for an acceptance rate of 75%. Lori Burns (University of Ottawa) gave the keynote presentation, “Sharing Sonic Space in Metal Duets: Floor Jansen’s Vocal Collaborations.” Emily Milius, a graduate student at the University of Oregon, won the Best Student Paper Award with “The Voice as Trauma Recovery: Vocal Timbre in Kesha’s ‘Praying.’”
In the Business Meeting, held on February 20, 2021, the University of Memphis was selected as the venue for our 2021 conference, in hopes to return to an in-person meeting. Nathan Fleshner (University of Tennessee) was re-elected as secretary to serve 2021-2023. The 2022 Program Committee will be chaired by Matthew Boyle (University of Alabama) and joined by Emily Milius with other members to be added at a later date. Minutes from the 2021 Business Meeting can be downloaded here.
SCSMT continues to be benefited by a strong roster of talent. We are appreciative of Nathan Fleshner’s (University of Tennessee) service as Secretary (2019–2021), of our Treasurer Joseph Brumbeloe (University of Southern Mississippi), of our Webmaster Trevor de Clercq (Middle Tennessee State University), of our Social Media Coordinator Rebecca Long (University of Louisville), and of all Program Committee members (2020–2021): Rebecca Long (University of Louisville), chair, Alex Martin (Stetson University), Matthew Boyle (University of Alabama), and Jordan Lenchitz (Florida State University). All of their efforts have strengthened the Society, thereby increasing opportunities for scholars to present their research. For questions about the society, please contact Jeremy Orosz (University of Memphis): firstname.lastname@example.org.