2018 Call for Presentations


University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, March 2-3, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Tim Page (University of Southern California)
Graduate Student Workshop Leader:
 Juan Chattah (University of Miami)

MTSE will meet jointly with Public Music Discourse (in Honor of the Bernstein Centenary) and AMS-Southeast Chapter.

The Program Committee invites proposals for presentations, special sessions, lecture-demonstrations, or panel discussions on any topic related to music theory, analysis, or music theory pedagogy. Proposals should be for 20-minute presentations or 60- or 90-minute special sessions.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 11:59 PM EST, Monday, December 11, 2017. Confirmation of proposals received will be made electronically upon their receipt. Authors will be notified electronically of the Program Committee’s decision by Monday, January 22, 2018.

SUBMISSION FORMAT: Proposals and abstracts should be sent via e-mail as .pdf attachments. Put all cover letter information in the body of your e-mail, and attach the proposal as a separate .pdf file. No other electronic format will be accepted. Please be sure that your name does not appear in the .pdf file, even as metadata. Individuals may submit no more than one proposal. Send submissions to jmckay@mozart.sc.edu with the subject line: “MTSE 2018 Proposal.” Include the following in your e-mail:

  1. A proposal of no more than 500 words, including any footnotes or endnotes. (Each mathematical equation may be counted as one word.) A maximum of four pages of supplementary materials (such as musical examples, diagrams, and selected bibliography) may be appended; these pages will not be counted within the 500-word limit, but captions should be brief, not appreciably augmenting either the word count or the proposal’s content.
  2. The proposal must include the title of the paper but exclude the author’s name and any other identifying information. References to the author’s own work must occur in the third person. Proposals for panel discussions or other special session formats should include individual proposals for each segment of the session, along with a separate session proposal (no more than 500 words) that explains the overall content and organization.
  3. A cover letter, written as the body of your e-mail, that includes the author’s name, paper title(s), institutional affiliation or city of residence, phone number(s), and e-mail address. (Special sessions or panel discussions should also include a list of all participants, along with their contact information.)

STUDENT PAPER AWARD:The Society will present an award for the best student presentation at the 2018 meeting. To be eligible for consideration, interested students should identify themselves in the cover letter and, if their proposals are accepted, must submit a PDF of their complete paper to laura.emmery@emory.edu by Monday, February 26, 2018. Winners from previous years are ineligible.

GRADUATE STUDENT WORKSHOP: “Film Music: From Cognition to Interpretation,” Juan Chattah (University of Miami)

Students in music theory and related fields may submit, via e-mail, a 200-word statement detailing their interest in and prior experience (if any) with the topic of the workshop. In addition, we ask that a faculty member at your own or another institution send the program chair a brief e-mail confirming your enrollment in a degree program in music theory (or related field) and vouching for your ability to work collegially and willingness to participate actively in the workshop. The deadline for workshop applications is the same as the submission deadline given above for proposal submissions. Send e-mail submissions for the Graduate Student Workshop to MTSE Secretary at jmckay@mozart.sc.edu with the subject line “MTSE 2018 Workshop.”


Laura Emmery, Chair (Emory University)
Michael Buchler, MTSE President (Florida State University)
Tomoko Deguchi (Winthrop University)
Pete Smucker (Stetson University)
James Mathes (Florida State University)
Megan Lavengood, 2018 Student Paper Award Co-Winner (George Mason University)


J. Daniel Jenkins (University of South Carolina)