2018 Conference Program

The Twenty-Seventh Annual Meeting of

Music Theory Southeast

University of South Carolina
School of Music
March 2 – 3, 2018

Friday, March 2

7:45 – 8:30 a.m., Room 016
Dean’s Welcome
8:15 a.m., Recital Hall

Session 1: But Who’s Counting?

8:30 – 10:00 a.m., Room 016
Session Chair: Laura Emmery (Emory University)

“Transformation from Meter to Ameter in Ligeti’s Désordre
Jay Smith (University of North Texas)

“Irregular or Irreconcilable? Troubling Metric Hierarchy with Popular Septuple Grooves”
Scott Hanenberg (University of Toronto)

“A Lewinian Investigation of Rhythmic Calculation in South Indian Carnatic Improvisation”
Robert L. Wells (University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, VA)


10:00 – 10:20 a.m.

Session 2: Popular Music

10:20 – 11:50, Room 016
Session Chair: Megan Lavengood (George Mason University)

“Intertextuality in the Music of Ween”
Lewis Jeter (Florida State University) and Dickie Lee (Colorado State University)

“The Dance Chorus in Recent Top-40 Music”
Alyssa Barna (Appalachian State University)

“On the Musical Similarities and Differences Between Poetic Utterances in Jazz and Hip-Hop”
Stephen Gomez-Peck (Indiana University)


11:50 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Session 3: Mining for Meaning: Searching for Closure

1:30 – 3:00, Room 016
Session Chair: James Mathes (Florida State University)

“What is Musical Meaning? Towards a Foundational Theory of Music as Performative Utterance”
Andrew Chung (Yale University)

“Using Text-Mining of Experience to Inform Analysis”
Sarah Iker (University of Tampa)

“A Theory of Closure in the Late Works of Sergei Prokofiev”
Jacy Pedersen (Texas Christian University)


3:00 – 3:20 p.m.

Session 4: Phrase Structure

3:20 – 4:50, Room 016
Session Chair: Rachel Short (Shenandoah University)

“‘Unlimited, the Future is Unlimited’: Re-imagining Expansion with Musical Theater”
Brian Jarvis (University of Texas at El Paso) and John Peterson (James Madison University)

“Repetition as Expansion: Large-Scale Sentential Structures in Schubert’s Subordinate Themes”
Caitlin Martinkus (Georgia State University)

“Deviational Phrase Types in the Compositions of Maria Schneider”
Ben Geyer (University of West Georgia)

MTSE Concert

5:00 p.m., Recital Hall, Room 206


6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Leonard Bernstein’s MASS

7:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts

Saturday, March 3

Graduate Student Workshop
“Film Music: From Cognition to Interpretation”

8:15 – 9:45 a.m., too 016
Led by Juan Chattah (University of Miami)

9:30 – 10:00 a.m., Room 016

Session 5: Bodies and Machines

10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Room 016
Session Chair: Pete Smucker (Stetson University)

“Gesture and Transformation in Joel Mandelbaum’s Thirty-One-Tone Keyboard Miniatures”
William R. Ayers (University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music)

“Something ‘Freakish’: Disability and Narrative in the Music of György Ligeti”
Demi Nicks (Florida State University)

“Clearing the Bench: Absolute Music and The Player Piano”
Allison Wente (The State University of New York at Fredonia)


11:30 – 11:50 a.m.

Session 6: Schemers and Thinkers on Stage and Screen

11:50 a.m. – 1:20 p.m., Room 016
Session Chair: Tomoko Deguchi (Winthrop University)

“Hidden Topics: Analyzing Gender, Race, and Genius in the 2016 Film Hidden Figures
Janet Bourne (University of California, Santa Barbara)

“Murder and Musical Mystery: Pairing Plot and Modulation Schemas in The Mystery of Edwin Drood”
Joshua Tanis (Florida State University)

“‘The Schema Network’: Tracing a Melodic Schema in the Music of Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails to Film”
Steven Rahn (University of Texas at Austin)


1:20 – 2:45 p.m.

Business Meeting

 2:45 – 3:45 p.m.


3:45 – 4:00 p.m.

Keynote Address

4:00 p.m., Room 206

 “Writing about Music in the 21st Century”
Tim Page (Thornton School of Music, Annenberg School for Communication and
Journalism, University of Southern California)

Leonard Bernstein’s MASS

7:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts