2015 Program

South Central Society for Music Theory

March 27 – 28, 2015

Loyola University

New Orleans, Louisiana


Conference Program


Friday Morning Sessions


Monroe Hall, Nunemaker Auditorium


Coffee and Registration: (8:00am – 9:00am)


Welcome: (9:00am)


Dr. Anthony Decuir, Dean, College of Music and Fine Arts


Session I: (9:15am – 10:15am)                                


“The Tonal-Chromatic Scale and Mahler’s Piano Quartet”

Andrew Nicolette (Louisiana State University)


“Blurring into the Distance: Harmonic Overlaps in Schumann and Brahms”

Diego Cubero  (University of North Texas)


Break: (10:15pm – 10:30pm)


Session II: (10:30am – 12:00pm)                            


“Topical Transformation in Liszt’s Transcriptions”

Melissa Murphy (Northwestern University)


“Sound as subjectivity, a reconsideration of Gibsonian affordances”

Cora Palfy (Northwestern University)


“’Home I’ll Never Be’: Sense of Location, Musical Settings, and Authenticity in Popular Song Lyrics”

Jake Arthur (University of Minnesota)


Lunch            12:00pm – 2:00pm

Friday Afternoon Sessions


Monroe Hall, Nunemaker Auditorium


Keynote: (2:00pm – 3:00pm)


“Tonics Phenomenological, Empirical, and Theoretical”

Steven Rings (University of Chicago)


Break: (3:00pm – 3:15pm)


Session III:   (3:15pm – 4:45pm)                                                    


“Imagined, Supplemental Sound as a Source of Agency in Musical Embodiment”

Hamish J. Robb (Princeton University)


“Music Imitating Machines, Machines Imitating Humans: Industrialization and the Three Categories of Mechanical Music”

Allison Went (University of Texas at Austin)


“Formal and Temporal Multiplicity in Beethoven’s String Quartet in C#-minor, Op. 131:  What Sonata Theory Can Tell Us About Late Beethoven”

Jonathan Mitchell (Baton Rouge Community College)


Saturday Morning Sessions


Monroe Hall, Nunemaker Auditorium


Session IV:   (9:00am – 10:30am)                                        


“Boulez the Classicist: Phrase structure in Anthèmes I, Incises and Une page d’éphéméride”

Sean Clarke (University of Montreal)


“Pathways to Compositional Autonomy: Emancipation of the Triad in Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 6”

Mark Parker (Bob Jones University)


“‘Modern Harmonic Tendencies’ in Ferruccio Busoni’s Fantasia Contrappuntistica”

Colin Davis (Sam Houston State University)


Break: (10:30am – 10:45am)


Session V:   (10:45am – 12:15am)                                        


“Connecting the Blocks: Formal Continuity in Stravinsky’s Sérénade en La”

Peter Mueller (University of Arizona)


“Extended Tonal Procedures in the Music of Edward Elgar: an inquiry into Elgar’s chromatic realm”

Higo Henrique (St. Catharine College)


“The Soloist as Form-Functional Agent in Rachmaninov’s D-minor Piano Concerto”

James DiNardo (University of Michigan)


Break: (12:15pm – 12:30pm)


SCSMT Business Meeting: (12:30 – 1:00)