2024 Program

The 2024 Annual Meeting of the South Central Society for Music Theory will held jointly with Music Theory Southeast (MTSE) and will be hosted by Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN on March 15-16, 2024. Registration for the conference is available online through Eventbrite.

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Friday, March 15

Time Ward Hall McMeen 206
8:00 – 8:45 (empty) Registration
8:45 Opening Remarks (empty)
9:00-10:30 Video Game Music
Chair: Wesley J. Bradford (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

Humor and Horror: Immersive Functions of Glissandi in Video Game Music
Jeremy W. Smith (The Ohio State University)

Message from the Veins: Analyzing “Charts” in the Virtual Reality Rhythm Game Beat Saber
Drake Eshleman (Indiana University)

Unique Timbral Effects in 8-Bit NES: Technological Affordances in Mega Man 1–3
Matthew Ferrandino (Murray State University)

20th century
Chair: Rebecca Long (University of Louisville)

Tracing Boulanger’s La Grande Ligne in French Modernist Music
Matthew Bilik (The Ohio State University)

Hearing Materiality: Embodied Metaphors in György Ligeti’s Atmosphères and Lontano
Chris Lennard (Elon University)

Subversion and Rebellion: Readings of Anti-Narrative Strategies in Eastman’s Piano 2
Brendan McEvoy (Michigan State University)

10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:15 Phrase and Form in Popular Music
Chair: David Geary (Wake Forest University)

Pitch, Motive, and Non-Alignment in the Idiomatic Phrasing of Melodic Rap Verses
Devin Guerrero (Texas Tech University)

Democratized Form: Collage and Cohesion in the Music of Bon Iver
Audrey Slote (University of Chicago)

“All The Lonely Starbucks Lovers”: Prosodic Dissonance in Taylor Swift’s Discography
Alexander Shannon (Indiana University)

Living Composers
Chair: Jason Jedlička (Belmont University)

Listening to Listening: Silence in the Music of Rebecca Saunders
Justin Weiss (University of Chicago)

Texture and Form in Henry Threadgill’s In For A Penny, In For A Pound
Guy Capuzzo (UNCG)

Listening for Culture in Performances of The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
Clare Sher Ling Eng (Belmont University)

12:15- 2:00 LUNCH
2:00-3:30 Form, Hypermeter, and Multimedia Narratives
Chair: Olivia Lucas (LSU)

Rhythmic Resistance: Music’s Subversive Power in Women’s Anti-Violence Protests
Jill Vogel (Louisiana State University)

Tap Dance Choreographers as Composer-Analysts: Formal Interactions between Tap Dance and Post-Millennial Pop Music
Stefanie Bilidas (University of Texas at Austin)

Storytelling in Under Two Minutes: Exploring Narrative and the 3/4 Prechorus in Anime OPs
Sam Falotico (Eastman)

Chair: Mark McFarland (Georgia State University)

Dispersed Harmony as a Means of Distinguishing Sacred Harp Hymn-Tune Subgenres
Robert T. Kelley (Lander University)

One More Time: Ritornello Cycles in J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Harpsichords in C major (BWV 1061), First Movement
Vlad Praskurnin (CUNY Graduate Center)

Bitter Rage, Beautiful Song: Form and Function in Maslanka’s Symphony No. 10
Wesley J. Bradford (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

3:30-3:45 Break
3:45-4:45 Lightning talks: Western Art Music
Chair: Clare Sher Ling Eng (Belmont University)

Extended Techniques and Valve Transformations and in Luciano Berio’s Sequenza X (1984)
Gillian Radcliffe (Florida State University)

Nonexistent Fundamentals and Distant Partials as the Source of Tuning and Pitch Inception
Navid Bargrizan (East Carolina University)

Distances in voice-leading spaces as tensional relationships: Determining form in John Adams’ Nixon in China (1987)
Eric Yang (University of Toronto)

Lightning Talks: Pop/Jazz/Media
Chair: Lauren Crosby (Clemson University)

“Ancient Voices”: A Hypermetrical and Orchestrational Analysis of the Theme Songs to Seasons of CBS’s Survivor
Micah Roberts (University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music)

All the Blues: Measuring Blue Note Usage in Jazz Improvisation
Connor Davis (Jacksonville State University), Peter Bryant,
Laura Weinkauf, Shannon Roberston, Trevor Johnson

Woo Young-Woo: Autistic, Not a Child
Tiffany Ta (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Terminally Anti-Climactic Form in Post-1990s Progressive Metal
Zachary Simonds (Florida State University)

4:45-5:00 Break
5:00-5:45 Recital (Ward Hall)

Saturday, March 16

Time Ward Hall McMeen 206
8:00 (empty) Student Workshop—attendance limited to accepted students
Analyzing Vocal Music of the Baroque: Concepts and Categories
Dr. Christopher Brody (University of Louisville)

8:30-9:30 Sonatas
Chair: Jeriel Jorguenson (Lipscomb University)

Signifyin(g) on the Performer/Listener: Formal Process as Rhetorical Prank in the Scherzo of Florence Price’s Piano Sonata in E Minor
Benjamin Dobbs (Furman University)

Compound S-Module Strategies in Emilie Mayer’s Solo Sonatas
Tyler Osborne (University of Louisville)

9:30-9:45 Break
9:45-10:45 Text Setting
Chair: Trevor de Clercq (Middle Tennessee State University)

Markedness Correlations and the Constraints of Operatic Multimedia
Nathaniel Mitchell (UNCG)

From Old-Time to “Hard Times”: Phrase Rhythm and Prosody in the Music of Tyler Childers
Samantha Waddell (Indiana University)

Chair: Jane Clendinning (Florida State University)

The Evolution of the Hero’s Introduction: Topic and Intercultural Trope in Kollywood Film Music
Hanisha Kulothparan (Eastman)

From “Moonlight Blest” to Wordless Grief: Deforming the Lullaby Topos in Amy Beach’s Cradle Song of the Lonely Mother
Sabrina Clarke (Meredith College)

10:45-11:15 Break
11:15-11:45 MTSE Business Meeting
(Together for the first few minutes for the student paper awards)
SCSMT Business Meeting
(Together in Ward Hall for the first few minutes for the student paper awards)
12:00-1:00 Keynote: She Who Digs: Timbre, Voice, and Lateral Placement in Björk’s Fossora
Victoria Malawey (Macalester College)