2022 Program

The program for the 2022 SCSMT Conference can be found below. It can also be downloaded as a PDF here.

SCSMT Annual Meeting (2022), Hybrid Conference

Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, University of Memphis (TN)


In-person sessions

Friday, 1 April 

University Center Beale Room (Room 363)

Registration for in-person events will be exclusively online. Please register here. You will show your ticket and receive a nametag at the table outside of the conference room.

Opening Remarks (UC Beale)                                                  8:35-8:45

Session 1: Meter and Tonality (UC Beale)                                   8:45–10:15

Chair: Stephanie Dickinson (University of Central Arkansas)

Yiyi Gao (University of North Texas): “Perceiving Metrical Fluidity in Chinese Folk Music through the Lens of Accents Classifications by Du Yaxiong”

Matthew Bilik (University of North Texas): “Tonal Coherence Through Thematic Appearance in Fauré”

Mary Gossell (University of Missouri-Kansas City): “Hypermetrical Implications of the Fugue Expositions of J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier”

Session 2: Dramatic Music and Politics (UC Beale)                  10:30–12:00

Chair:  Janet Page (University of Memphis)

Stanley Fink (Drake University): “Cause and Effect: Jeanine Tesori’s Blue and Musical Expectations”

Audrey Slote (University of Chicago): “Chiasmus as Critique: Dallapiccola’s Ulisse and the Political Resonances of Musical Form”

Dickie Lee (University of Georgia): “An Agential Narrative of Belatedness in RENT”

LUNCH- Refer to the local arrangements guide for dining suggestions      12:00–2:00

Session 3: Meanings of Musical Conventions (UC Beale)            2:00–3:00

Chair: Matthew Boyle (University of Alabama)

Lauren Wilson (University of Michigan Law School, Eastman School of Music): “Gray v. Perry: The Case for Communal Ownership of Musical Objects”

Joseph Grunkemeyer (Indiana University): “The Interaction Between Narrative and Schema in Haydn’s Symphonies Nos. 26 and 44

Session 4: Theorizing Musical Objects (UC Beale)             3:15–4:15

Chair: Tom Robison (University of Alabama)

Benjamin K. Wadsworth & James Poteat (Kennesaw State University): “Associative Set Classes in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass

Matthew D. M. Schullman (University of Oklahoma): “The Collective Feature and Methods for Overall, Global Analysis”

Session 5: Form in Popular Music (UC Beale)                         4:30–5:30

Chair: Jennifer Amox (Henderson State University)

David Falterman (Eastman School of Music): “Middles as Sites of Intimacy in Rock and Pop Music”

Matthew Kolar (University of South Carolina): “‘Dancing Around’ Formal Expectations in DJ Sigala’s ‘Brighter Days’”

Saturday, 2 April

All events held in the UC Senate Chamber (Room 261) 

WORKSHOP: Understanding Makam (UC Senate Chamber)              9:00–10:30       

Mahir Cetiz (Assistant Professor of Theory/Composition, University of Memphis) will lead a workshop on Turkish makam.  Pre-registration for the workshop is not required, but please do indicate if you plan to attend when you register for the conference through Eventbrite.  Attendees will learn the foundational considerations of performing in this style. Those looking to teach about a broader range of musics in their theory courses are especially encouraged to attend.

Session 6: Modeling Musical Form (UC Senate Chamber)     10:45–12:15

Chair: Nathan Fleshner (University of Tennessee-Knoxville)

Jennifer Salamone (Florida Gulf Coast University): “An Exploration of Closure in Harry T. Burleigh’s From the Southland

Xieyi (Abby) Zhang (Georgia State University): “Simple Consequences: Consequent Alterations and Semi-Compound Periods”

Sitong Chen (University of Oregon): “A Brief Introduction to the Modal System of Chinese Traditional Music, and Its Usefulness for Analyzing Chinese Folk Music”

BUSINESS MEETING (UC Senate Chamber/Zoom)                         12:15-12:30 pm 

Business Meeting Agenda

Virtual ZOOM sessions

Register to receive the Zoom links by filling out the form here.

There is no prescribed fee for attending zoom sessions only, but you may make a donation of any amount by purchasing a “Zoom Sessions Only” ticket here.

All times are listed in Central Time Zone

Tuesday, 29 March

Virtual Session 1: Timbre and Meter (Zoom)                                 4:30–6:00

Chair: Ivan Elezovic (Jackson State University)

Rachel Gain (University of North Texas): “Tonal Associations in J.S. Bach’s Sacred Works: The Effect of Key-Determined Baroque Flute and Oboe Timbre on Musical Meaning”

Hanisha Kulothparan (Eastman School of Music): “Centering Meter, Provincializing the West: Toward a Diversified and Inclusive Music Theory Curriculum”

Yiqing Ma (University of Michigan): “Theorizing Vocal Timbre: Gender Performance and Transgression in in J-Pop”

Wednesday, 30 March

Virtual Session 2: Harmony in the Twentieth Century (Zoom)           4:30–6:00

Chair: Jeremy Smith (University of Louisville)

Noah Kahrs (Eastman School of Music): “Unison Opening as Schema in Post-1945 Compositions”

Derek Myler (Eastman School of Music): “‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’: The Phenomenology of Pedals in 1960s/70s Pop-Rock”

Julianna Willson (Eastman School of Music): “Layers of Dissonance Within the First Piece of Johanna Beyer’s Dissonant Counterpoint”

Saturday, 2 April

BUSINESS MEETING (UC Senate Chamber/Zoom)                                        12:00 pm

Sunday, 3 April 

Virtual Session 3: Views of Nineteenth-Century Harmony (Zoom)    2:00–3:00

Chair:  Janna Saslaw (Loyola University New Orleans)

Kyle Hutchinson (Independent Scholar): “Outlander(s): Interpreting Twentieth-Century Dissonances in Nineteenth-Century Contexts”

Stephanie Venturino (Eastman School of Music): “Who Is Allowed to Be a Music Theorist? Sarah Mary Fitton and Conversations on Harmony (1855)”

Virtual Session 4: Interpreting Opera and Film (Zoom)             3:15–4:15

Chair:  Christy Adams (University of Alabama)

Ji Yeon Lee (University of Houston): “Wagner’s Die Walküre, Act 1, Scene 1: A Rotational Reading”

Jiayi Xu (University of Oregon): “Thematic Transformation in The Godfather