2018 Program

South Central Society for Music Theory Conference
March 23–24, 2018

University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, Mississippi

All papers, refreshments, and registrations will take place in the Fine Arts building (Marsh Hall).


8:00-9:00 a.m. Registration (Marsh Auditorium)

9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

Session 1 (9:15-10:15 a.m.) Learning Methods (Marsh Auditorium)
Wesley Bradford, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, chair

  • The Effectiveness of the Urlinie in First-Semester Melodic-Dictation Drills Through Melodic Fluency
    Alexander Amato (Stephen F. Austin State University)

  • Machine Learning Models of Isolated Pitch Sets
    Lewis Jeter (Florida State University)

10:15-10:30 a.m. Coffee Break

Session 2 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Corpus Studies (Marsh Auditorium)
Thomas Robinson, University of Alabama, chair

  • Expressive Timing and its Histories
    Daniel Shanahan (Louisiana State University) and Stephen Ai (Williams College)

  • A Corpus Analysis of Harmony in Country Music
    Trevor deClercq (Middle Tennessee State University)

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break (nearby restaurants listed in conference packet)

Session 3 (1:30-3:00 p.m.) Concurrent Sessions

Popular Music (Marsh Auditorium)
Robert Komaniecki, Indiana University, chair

  • Digital Sampling, Signifyin’, and Style in the Music of DJ Screw
    John Mattessich (Indiana University)

  • “Where Do We Go Now?”: Harmonic Departure and Return in the Guitar Solos of Guns N’ Roses
    Zachary Cairns (University of Missouri-St. Louis)

  • Root Interval Schemas in Rock Music
    Jacob Gran (Louisiana State University) and David John Baker (Louisianan State University)

Structures and Fragments (Fine Arts Building–Room 214)
Joe Brumbeloe, University of Southern Mississippi, chair

  • Illumination of a Musical Ideogram in Dallapiccola’s “Fregi”
    Joe Argentino (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

  • Ferneyhough’s “Fragment”: Silence in the Second String Quartet (1980)
    Anna Rose Nelson (University of Michigan)

  • Formal Function in Electroacoustic Music: A Spectromorphological Approach
    Andrew Selle (Florida State University)

3:00-3:15 p.m. Break

Session 4 (3:15-4:15 p.m.) Beyond the Score (Marsh Auditorium)
Courtenay Harter, Rhodes College, chair

  • Changing the Understanding of Robert Schumann’s Psyche: A Reintroduction to Florestan and Eusebius
    Andrew Perkins (University of Kentucky)
  • Emulating Cherubino’s Sexual Awakening: A Bodily-based Approach to Adelina Patti’s “Voi che sapate”
    Jocelyn Ho (University of California, Los Angeles)

4:15-4:30 p.m. Break

Session 5 (4:30-5:30 p.m.) Meaningful Music (Marsh Auditorium)
Jeremy Orosz, University of Memphis, chair

  • “As If with Lightning Bolts”: The Ombra and Tempesta in Schoenberg’s Das Buch der hängenden Gärten
    Jessica Narum (Baldwin Wallace University, Conservatory of Music)
  • The Vader System, or, the Evil in the Imperial March
    Miklós Veszprémi (Yale University)


Graduate Student Workshop (9:00 am – 11:00)
“Theorizing Categorically: Film Music and Beyond” (Fine Arts Building 214)
Scott Murphy (Professor of Music Theory, University of Kansas)

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 Coffee Reception

Session 6 (9:30-11 a.m.) Form (Marsh Auditorium)
Angela Ripley, University of Alabama, chair

  • A Minor Diversion: Post-Medial Caesura Insertions in Early Classical Sonata Forms
    Rebecca Long (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

  • Exploring the IAC as Terminal Cadence: Melodic Deferral and Cadential Function in Selected Late Classical Sonata-Form Movements
    James MacKay (Loyola University, New Orleans)

  • Rachmaninoff’s Nostalgic “Second” Movement of Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
    Gillian Robertson (University of North Texas)

11 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Coffee Break

11:15 a.m.-12:15 a.m. Keynote: Different Theory for Diverse Musicians (Marsh Auditorium)
Daniel Harrison (Allen Forte Professor of Music Theory, Yale University)

12:15-12:30 p.m. Break

12:30-1:30 p.m. SCSMT Business Meeting (Marsh Auditorium)