The South-Central Society for Music Theory held its 2015 annual meeting at the University of Loyola/New Orleans from March 27-28. Steven Rings (University of Chicago) delivered a challenging keynote address, entitled “Tonics Phenomenological, Empirical, and Theoretical” that has inspired discussion among our members up to this day. This year’s winner for best paper delivered by a graduate student at an annual meeting went to Sean Clarke (University of Montréal) for his paper “Boulez the Classicist: Phrase Structure in Anthèmes I, Incises and Une page d’éphéméride.” Michael Gardiner (Ole Miss) chaired the program committee for this meeting, which included John LaTartara (Ole Miss), Trevor de Clercq (Middle Tennessee State University) and Joseph Chi-Sing Siu (Eastman). The Society is grateful to the University of Loyola/New Orleans and to our local arrangements chair, Janna Saslaw (Loyola/New Orleans), for hosting this memorable conference.
SCSMT President Jeffrey Yunek (Kennesaw State University) announced plans for our next conference at a business meeting that also included some voting on minor changes to our bylaws. The Society is grateful to Jeffrey Perry (LSU) for his valuable assistance with the society’s website and email discussion group. Douglas Rust (USM) was reelected to serve as secretary and Joseph Brumbeloe (USM) will continue to serve as treasurer to the society.
Our next annual meeting will be in conjunction with Music Theory Southeast on April 1-2, 2016 at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia.
– Text originally written by Douglas Rust (USM)