Volume 2 (2009)

Calls for Papers

Eighth Annual Meeting of the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic

Event Website: http://mtsma.org/
Event Location: Penn State University in University Park, Pennsylvania
Event Dates: March 26–27, 2010
Deadline for Proposals: December 1, 2009
Deadline for Registration: March 26, 2010

Proposal Instructions/Guidelines

The MTSMA welcomes proposals on any aspect of music theory. Presentations are limited to thirty (30) minutes: twenty (20) minutes for the paper and ten (10) minutes for discussion.

The MTSMA is pleased to announce that Professor Kofi Agawu of Princeton University will be the keynote speaker.

Please include the following in your submission:

  1. Seven (7) copies of a proposal. Proposals are limited to 500 words and no more than two pages of text (double-spaced in a 10- to 12-point font) plus examples and references. No information that identifies the author(s) or institutional affiliation should appear in the proposal.
  2. A cover letter that includes the author's name, paper title, institutional affiliation or city of residence, phone number(s), and e-mail address. Submissions will be acknowledged by email only.
  3. One copy of a 200–250 word abstract suitable for publication.

Students wishing to be considered for the Dorothy Payne Award for the best student paper should send seven (7) copies of the entire paper with their proposal.

Address for submissions by US Post:

Dora A. Hanninen, MTSMA Program Chair
c/o Ms. Tracy Krulik
2110 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
School of Music
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland 20742

Email submissions are encouraged! Put all cover letter information in the body of your email, with the proposal and the 200-250 word abstract as two separate attachments. All attachments must be either MS Word documents or pdfs. Send email submissions to: mtsma2010@gmail.com with the subject line: "MTSMA 2010 Proposal."

2010 Program Committee: Dora Hanninen, Chair (University of Maryland), Rachel Bergman (George Mason University), Clifton Callendar (Florida State University), Cynthia Folio (Temple University), Philip Rupprecht (Duke University)


Vincent Benitez
Secretary, MTSMA
School of Music
225 Music Building I
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

Music and the Moving Image V

Event Website: http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/scoring/conference/
Event Location: NYU Steinhardt
Event Dates: May 21–23, 2010
Deadline for Proposals: December 11, 2009
Conference Fee: $150.00 - Students: $75.00, Housing Available

Event Description and Information

The annual conference, Music and the Moving Image, encourages submissions from scholars and practitioners that explore the relationship between music, sound, and the entire universe of moving images (film, television, video games, iPod, computer, and interactive performances) through paper presentations and plenary sessions. Two keynote addresses will be presented by Karen Collins (From Pac-Man to Pop Music; Game Sound: An Introduction to the History, Theory, and Practice of Video Game Music and Sound Design) and video game composer Tom Salta (Tom Clancy's: H.A.W.X, Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 1 & 2, Red Steel). Streaming video versions of presentations will be available only at NYU from May 21–29, 2010.

Accepted papers will be considered for inclusion in the peer-reviewed online journal Music and the Moving Image: http://mmi.press.illinois.edu/

Proposal Instructions/Guidelines

The Program Committee includes Karen Collins (see credits above); James Buhler (Music and Cinema; Hearing the Movies); Julie Brown (Western Music and Race; The Sounds of Early Cinema in Britain); and coeditors of Music and the Moving Image, Gillian B. Anderson (Haexan; Pandora's Box; Music for Silent Film 1892–1929: A Guide); and NYU faculty, Ron Sadoff (The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation; Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood). The conference will run in conjunction with the NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in Memory of Buddy Baker (May 18–27, 2010).

Abstracts or synopses of papers (250 words) should be submitted to: Dr. Ron Sadoff, chair of the program committee, by no later than Dec. 11, 2009.


E-mail ron.sadoff@nyu.edu for more information.

New York University
35 West 4th St - Room 777
New York, NY, 10012

2010 Indiana University Symposium of Research in Music Theory

Event Website: http://www.music.indiana.edu/som/theory/gta/2010symp/Call for Papers.shtml
Event Location: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Event Dates: February 26–27, 2010
Deadline for Proposals: December 11, 2009

Event Description and Information

"This is Your Brain on Music Theory"

Important note
Please note that the date of the conference, February 26–27, 2010, is changed from the date previously released in the SMT August 2009 newsletter.

The Indiana University Graduate Theory Association is proud to announce our 2010 Symposium of Research in Music Theory to take place Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27. This year's topic will be music and cognition. The conference will feature keynote speakers Robert Gjerdingen of Northwestern University and Lawrence Zbikowski of the Univesity of Chicago. Additionally, the conference will feature invited speakers Eric Isaacson and Vasili Byros of Indiana University, and Elizabeth Margulis of University of Arkansas. We will also hold a panel discussion of our speakers.

Proposal Instructions/Guidelines

We are currently soliciting proposals dealing with the topic of music and cognition from numerous perspectives. In many ways, all music theory may be thought of as based in cognition, so we would like to define the topic as broadly as possible. Papers may engage the topic from countless theoretical angles and engage any musical repertoire. The following list of possible topics is by no means exhaustive:

Paper presentations will be twenty minutes in length, followed by ten minutes for questions. We also encourage the submission of posters, special panels, and non-traditional formats for presentations. The deadline for proposals is Friday, December 11. Emailed submissions must be sent by this date and postal mail submissions postmarked by this date.

Submissions should include:

  1. A 500-word proposal submitted by email in Word or PDF format to gmichael@indiana.edu OR six printed copies mailed to the address below. No identifying information may be included in the proposal.
  2. A cover letter listing the author's name, address, telephone number, email address, and affiliation, as well as all required equipment, such as piano, projector, CD player, etc.
  3. An abstract of no more than 250 words, suitable for publication in the conference program.


Send proposals to:

Indiana University Music Theory Office
Symposium Proposal
1201 E Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405


Garrett Michaelsen, program chair

Graduate Symposium on Music

Event Website: http://www.music.buffalo.edu/mugsa/
Event Location: University at Buffalo (SUNY)
Event Dates: February 26–27, 2010
Deadline for Proposals: January 1, 2010

Event Description and Information

The Music Graduate Student Association of the University at Buffalo is accepting paper proposals for the third annual Graduate Symposium on Music to be held on February 26-27, 2010. The conference will feature a keynote address by Mark Katz of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Professor Katz is the author of Capturing Sound: How Recording Technology has Changed Music (University of California Press, 2004), and The Violin: A Research and Information Guide (Routledge, 2006).

The symposium aims to present a broad range of contemporary music research, to encourage stimulating conversation among participants, and to suggest methodological connections across a wide array of topics. Papers addressing topics in musicology, ethnomusicology, and music theory will be considered. Papers must not exceed twenty minutes in length, and will be followed by 10 minutes of questions.

Proposal Instructions/Guidelines

Proposals must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST, Friday, January 1, 2010. Please e-mail proposals to UBGSoM@gmail.com. Include in the body of your message your name, institutional affiliation, and the title of your paper. Also indicate any specific technology requirements (computer projection, audio, video players, etc.). Your paper proposal, not to exceed 350 words, should be attached to the e-mail in the form of a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. Please DO NOT include your name or institutional affiliation in the attachment.

Those submitting proposals will be contacted by the Music Graduate Student Association by January 20, 2010. Speakers will be asked to provide (by February 10, 2010) an edited abstract (250-word maximum) and short biography (100-word maximum) for the printed program.



Music Theory Midwest's Twentieth Annual Conference

Event Website: http://www.wmich.edu/mus-theo/mtmw/
Event Location: Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Event Dates: May 14–15, 2010
Deadline for Proposals: January 15, 2010

Proposal Instructions/Guidelines

The Music Theory Midwest (MTMW) Program Committee invites proposals for individual presentations on any area of music theory and analysis for its 21st annual conference, to be held at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. All presentations will be limited to 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for questions. A proposal for an individual presentation should contain a cover letter—this should include the author's name and e-mail address, the paper title, and any special equipment required for the presentation—and an abstract (which must not exceed 500 words and must be anonymous). Supplementary materials, such as musical examples and diagrams, may be included and will not count toward the word limit.

Please mail the cover letter and five anonymous copies of the abstract to:

Karen M. Bottge
Program Chair, MTMW 2010
School of Music
105 Fine Arts Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0022

Electronic Submissions: To submit electronically, go to http://www.wmich.edu/mus-theo/mtmw/submit/. Electronic submissions must be in .pdf format.

Komar Student Award: The Arthur J. Komar Award for the best student paper will be presented at the end of the conference. Student presenters who wish to be considered for the Komar Award should indicate this in their cover letters. For the purposes of this award, "student" status terminates with the receipt of a terminal degree or employment in a full-time position.

MTMW 2010 Program Committee:

Chair, Karen M. Bottge (University of Kentucky), Timothy Best (Indiana University), Jason Britton (Luther College), Kevin Holm-Hudson (University of Kentucky), Julian Hook (Indiana University), ex officio, Jan Miyake (Oberlin College Conservatory).


Karen Bottge (University of Kentucky), Program Committee Chair

International Forum for Young Musicologists 2010

Event Website: http://wwwsoc.nii.ac.jp/msj4/ifym/callforpapers.html
Event Location: Keio University, Hiyoshi Campus in Yokohama, Japan
Event Dates: May 14–17, 2010
Deadline for Proposals: July 31, 2010

Event Description and Information

Sponsored by The Musicological Society of Japan.


  1. To promote international exchange and communication on a personal level among young musicologists who will be active in the 21st century, and thereby secure a sound future for musicology.
  2. By inviting young scholars from outside Japan, to provide them with an opportunity to get to know Japanese colleagues who otherwise have little chance to make personal contact with them.
  3. To promote a global understanding of musicology in Asia and share a perspective for a closer connection among musicologists in the 21st century.

Proposal Instructions/Guidelines

The theme is to be created by those applicants who are interested in giving a paper in the Forum. They are requested to choose one or more from the following twelve key words: 1) Acculturation, 2) Conflict, 3) Discrimination, 4) Hegemony, 5) Languages, 6) Nation, 7) Politics, 8) Propaganda, 9) Religion, 10) Tradition, 11) Values, 12) War, and submit a theme proposal in 100 words as well as an individual paper proposal in 250 words with a title, according to the above aims of this Forum. The committee will discuss the proposals and select about ten proposals from outside Japan and the same from within Japan. An official theme of the Forum will be then announced with the names of selected applicants and their proposals.

Musicologists of any age or nationality who will complete a doctoral dissertation in the near future, or who were awarded a Ph.D. within the past five years or so are eligible to apply.

Submit proposals as an e-mail attachment, addressed to the Chair of the committee, msj-ifym@ml.keio.jp. The selection result will be announced in September 2009, by e-mail and post.

Financial Support

The selected musicologists from outside of Japan will be awarded ca. 100,000 yen fortheir travel expenses.


All invited participants, especially from abroad, are expected to stay in the on-campus housing of Keio University, Hiyoshi Campus, at 4,200 yen for single occupancy, or 7,350 yen for double occupancy, per night, without meals.


Chair of the committee, msj-ifym@ml.keio.jp