2017 Program

South-Central Society for Music Theory Conference
March 17–18, 2017
Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music

University of Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee


All papers, refreshments, and registrations will take place in the University Center building at the University of Memphis.


8:00-9:00 a.m. Registration (University Center Building)

9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

Session 1 (9:15-10:15 a.m.) Classic Era Music (University Center Beale Room)
Jeremy Orosz, University of Memphis, chair

  • Reexamining the Loosely-Knit Subordinate Theme in the Classical Style: A Phrase Rhythmic Approach
    Joseph Chi-Sing Siu (Eastman School of Music)
  • Haydn’s Minor-Major Multi-Movement Works
    James MacKay (Loyola University/New Orleans)

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

Session 2 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Celestial Sequences (University Center Beale Room)
Stefanie Dickinson, University of Central Arkansas, chair

  • Hildegard’s Deterritorialized Mode and the Celestem Ierusalem
    Michael Gardiner (University of Mississippi)
  • A Hallmark of Polystylism: Assessing Anton Bruckner’s Harmonic Sequences as Compositional Focal Points
    Lukas Perry (University of Minnesota)

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

Session 3 (1:30-3:30 p.m.) Twentieth Century Music (concurrent sessions)


Early Twentieth Century Music (University Center Beale Room)
Courtenay Harter, Rhodes College, chair

  • Linearity and Compensatory Coherence in the Varied Tonalities of Prokofiev’s War Symphonies    Joel Mott (University of Texas at    Austin)
  • Chord Superimpositions in Ferruccio Busoni’s Berceuse élégiaque
    Colin Davis (Sam Houston State University)
  • Confident Chromaticism in Satie’s Nocturnes as Determined by Hindemith’s Harmonic Fluctuation
    Alexander Amato (Stephen F. Austin University)
  • Calculating a Narrative: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Benjamin Britten’s “Bacchus” from Six Metamorphoses After Ovid       Wesley Bradford (University of Louisiana Lafayette)


Music After 1972  (University Center Conference Room 203)
Thomas Robinson, University of Alabama, chair

  • Reconsidering Steve Reich’s Principles of Phase Composition through an Analysis of Clapping Music (1972)                                      Clare Sher Ling Eng (Belmont University)
  • Dutilleux: “Sur un/le même accord”   Joseph Brumbeloe (University of Southern Mississippi)
  • Asymmetrical Dissonances in Ligeti’s Hungarian Rock (Chaconne)
    Jay Smith (University of North Texas)
  • Intertextual Recycling, Gestural Juxtaposition, and Signification in the Vocal Music of Beat Furrer
    David Dominique (College of William & Mary)


3:30-3:45 p.m. Break

Session 4 (3:45-5:15 p.m.) Popular Music (University Center Beale Room)
Trevor DeClercq, Middle Tennessee State University, chair

  • Multi-Centric Complexes in Rock
    Matthew Ferrandino (University of Kansas)
  • An Intra-Album Dialogical Approach to Adele’s 25
    Timothy R. Mastic (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
  • Coercing the Verse: An Analysis of Relationships Between Lead and Guest Rappers
    Robert Komaniecki (Indiana University)

Refreshments and registrations will continue to be offered in the University Center building at the University of Memphis.


The Graduate Student Workshop, “Analysis of Music by Franz Schubert” by Jeffrey Perry (LSU), will take place in Room 113 of the Music Building (MU 113) from 9:15 am – 12:15 pm.

Session 5 (9:15-10:45 a.m.) Analytical Systems (University Center Beale Room)
Jeffrey Yunek, Kennesaw State University, chair

  • Some Thoughts on Maximally-Smooth Voice Leading Among Pcsets and Set Classes
    André Brégégère (Queensborough Community College, CUNY)
  • Some Interdependencies Between Function, Accent, and Meter
    Christopher White (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
  • The Mode of Activity: Empowering a Neglected Pattern Type Through Formalization and Demonstration
    Matthew Schullman (University of Oklahoma)

10:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Coffee Break

Session 6 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) New Perspectives on Pedagogy (University Center Beale Room)
Adam Hudlow, Northwestern State University of Louisiana, chair

  • There’s a Map for That: Using Mind Maps to Engage Today’s Music Student  Rebecca Long (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
  • Teaching Musical Borrowing in the Music Theory Classroom
    Peter Silberman (Ithaca College)

12:00-12:15 p.m. Break

12:15-1:15 p.m. SCSMT Business Meeting (University Center Beale Room)