2019 Conference Program

The Twenty-Eighth Annual Meeting of

Music Theory Southeast

Elon University
March 29 – 30, 2019

Friday, March 29

8:00 – 8:45 a.m., McKinnon Hall F foyer

Session 1: Rhythm and Meter

8:45 – 10:15 a.m., McKinnon Hall F
Session Chair: Jane Piper Clendinning (Florida State University)

“Playing with Hypermeter in Folk and Folk-Inspired Music”
Jeremy M. Robins (Claflin University)

“Pulse Dissonance: A New Approach to Polymeter Through Colombian Currulao”
Lina Sofia Tabak (Florida State University)

“On Metrical Structure and Cueing Systems in Monroe’s ‘Muleskinner Blues’”
Nate Mitchell (Princeton University)


10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Session 2: Form and Narrative

10:30 – 12:30, McKinnon Hall F
Session Chair: John Peterson (James Madison University)

“Involuntary Mobile Form in Production Library Music for Television”
Greg McCandless (Appalachian State University)

“A Narrative Reading of Alois Haba’s String Quartet no. 3 in the Quarter-Tone System, op. 12”
Jennifer Harding (Florida State University)

“Rescued from Obscurity: Classical Form and Diegetic Music in Puccini’s Operas”
Karen E. H. Messina (Duke University)

“Extraordinary Phrase Expansion and Wayward Counterpoint: Momma Rose’s Exuberant and Misguided Optimism in Gypsy
Michael Buchler (Florida State University)


12:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Session 3: Voice and Timbre

2:00 – 3:30, McKinnon Hall F
Session Chair: Cora S. Palfy (Elon University)

“Vocal Pitch in Rap Music”
Robert Komaniecki (Appalachian State University)

“The ‘Ahhs’ Have It: Wordless Melismas and the Ineffable in Popular Music”
Martin Blessinger (Texas Christian University)
Christopher Endrinal (Florida Gulf Coast University)

“Shades of Sound, Subtle and Sublime”
Lindsey Reymore (The Ohio State University)


3:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Session 4: Transformational Spaces

3:45 – 5:15, McKinnon Hall F
Session Chair: Guy Capuzzo (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

“Breaking Bonds: Transformational Networks and Musical Metaphor in the Score to Foxcatcher
Steven Rahn (University of Texas at Austin)

“Comma-Modified UTT Spaces: Segmentation and Closure in UTT Generated Voice-Leading Spaces”
Lauren Hartburg (Florida State University)

“A Cascading Canon System and Its Hyper-Hexatonic Design in Holst’s ‘Lovely Venus’”
Dustin Chau (University of Kansas)

MTSE Concert

5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Whitley Auditorium

Saturday, March 30

Graduate Student Workshop:
“Music Theory Pedagogy in the 21st Century”

8:00 – 9:50 a.m., Isabella Cannon Room in the Center for the Arts

Led by Jennifer Snodgrass (Appalachian State University)


9:30 – 10:00 a.m., McKinnon Hall F

Session 5: Harmony and Modality

10:00 – 11:00 a.m., McKinnon Hall F
Session Chair: Sarah Iker (University of Tampa)

“The Logic of Worlds Divorced from our Own: De/Reterritorialized Mode in Hildegard’s Ordo
Michael C. Gardiner (University of Mississippi)

Stephanie Venturino (Eastman School of Music)


11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Session 6: Tonal Music

11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., McKinnon Hall F
Session Chair: Emily Gertsch (University of Georgia)

“‘Voluptuously Graceful’ or ‘Fatally Deranged’?: The Tarantella as 19th-century Topic”
Matthew Bell (Florida State University)

“Five and Three: Middleground Prototypes for Mozart’s First-movement Concerto Forms”
Eron Smith (Eastman School of Music)

“Parenthetical Insertions and Ellipses in Schumann’s Eichendorff Liederkreis
Alexander Martin (Stetson University)


12:45 – 2:15 p.m.

Session 7: Pedagogical Strategies

2:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., McKinnon Hall F
Session Chair: J. Daniel Jenkins (University of South Carolina)

“Post-Tonal Postcards: Synthesizing Analysis and Reflection through Prose Writing”
Angela Ripley (College of Wooster)

“Crossmodal Association as a Tool for Improving Memory and Recognition in Ear-Training Pedagogy”
Sarah Louden (Hofstra University)

Business Meeting

 3:15 – 4:15 p.m., McKinnon Hall F


4:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Keynote Address

4:30 p.m., McKinnon Hall F

 Sonic allegory in Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel (2015)

Yayoi Uno Everett (University of Illinois at Chicago)

A viewable/downloadable PDF of the Keynote handout is available here.