SCSMT 2017 Annual Meeting: 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 Celestum
    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)

Local Arrangements, Memphis 2017

The 2017 meeting of the South Central Society for Music Theory will be held on March 17th and 18th at the University of Memphis.

Memphis is centrally located within the South Central region, easily accessible both by car (lying at the intersection of interstate 40, 55, 69 and 22), and by air (only a few minutes away from MEM Airport). Those flying to Memphis need not rent a vehicle, as the on-campus hotels offer a free airport shuttle, and are within walking distance of the conference location. We hope you’ll join us in the Bluff City this March!

For questions, please contact:

Jeremy Orosz (Chair, Local Arrangements):

Ben Wadsworth (President, SCSMT):


Conference Hotels:

A block of rooms is available in two hotels adjacent to the University of Memphis campus:

  • The Holiday Inn: $125.00 for a suite
  • The Fogelman Center: $59.00 for a room with 1 (one) queen bed.

Rooms at the Holiday Inn can be reserved by calling the hotel directly (901) 678-8200 or going online at and use the booking code SMT.

Fogelman reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at (901) 678-5410; ask for the SMT block.

To be guaranteed a room at the group rate, all reservations need to be made before midnight on February 16th, 2017.

Note that both hotels offer complimentary parking, internet access, and a shuttle to and from Memphis International Airport daily between 7 am and 10 pm.

A light breakfast will be available free of charge at the conference location. A breakfast buffet is also available at the Holiday Inn (an additional charge of $9.95) for guests staying at either hotel. Those staying at the Fogelman center may simply walk across the street to the Holiday Inn to access the breakfast provided there. Additionally, please consult the list of recommended restaurants in the campus area. Café Eclectic and Brother Juniper’s are among the favored options for breakfast.

Alternative lodging options:

Both conference hotels come highly recommended, and they are the only locations within walking distance of campus; options farther afield are available for those with their own transportation.

Those seeking additional budget friendly options may wish to consider the Pilgrim House Hostel in the Cooper-Young neighborhood (reservations may be made on, or

Those enamored of hotel points with particular chains may wish consider the cluster of hotels near the intersection of I-240 and Poplar Ave, or other locations east of campus. These hotels are generally of a higher quality than those in the downtown area, or those near the airport.


The University of Memphis is located in leafy, residential East Memphis, at 3720 Alumni Ave, Memphis, TN 38152. The conference will be held in the University Center (UC on the campus map below).


Those staying at the conference hotels (HI and FEC on the map) may simply walk across campus to the conference location. Those driving to campus from another location should park in Parking Garage 2 (PG 2 on the map) or another location marked V for “Visitor.”


Transportation to/from the airport:

Those staying at the conference hotels may call to request a free shuttle service to/from the airport between the hours of 7 am and 10 pm. If you need transportation to/from the airport outside of this window, taxi and rideshare services are available at all hours. An Uber ride between campus and the airport typically costs between $12-18 (avg. $15), depending on demand and traffic. Note that Uber is more widely available in Memphis than Lyft, or traditional taxis.

Conference Registration:

Registration for the society and conference are in person at the Annual Meeting. The following fees apply per Annual Meeting:

Faculty/Community Members: $20

Graduate Students: $15

Undergraduates: free

Cultural Offerings

The IRIS Orchestra, a chamber ensemble comprised of professional musicians from around the country, will perform a program of Rossini, Brahms, and Donizetti on March 18th and 19th. Any unpurchased tickets become available to students and faculty one hour before the show for $10.

The Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) will host the perennial contender San Antonio Spurs.   Those interested in discounted/group tickets to the Grizzlies game should contact local arrangements chair Jeremy Orosz ( Otherwise, is likely the best venue for obtaining tickets on one’s own.

Fans of popular music might also consider visiting Graceland (the home of Elvis Presley), Sun Records, Stax Records, the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, or the Blues Hall of Fame, all of which offer informative tours. The National Civil Rights Museum is also not to be missed.

For additional events and happenings, please consult, which provides a list of the “things to do this weekend” released every Friday morning.


Recommended Dining Options:

On campus:

The University Center (in which the conference is held) is home to a small collection of fast food restaurants convenient for lunch on weekdays. (

A full service Starbucks is located in the campus bookstore (adjacent to the conference location), and an Einstein Bros. bagels is also available on the ground floor of the McWhorter Library. A complete list of on campus dining options can be found at Options are limited on weekends.

Dining Options near Campus:

  • The Holiday Inn: A full service restaurant is located on the ground floor of the holiday inn, offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Café Eclectic: Cute café, with fantastic breakfast and lunch options.
  • Brother Juniper’s: A Memphis Institution, serving generously portioned breakfasts. (Try the cheese grits!)
  • Newks: Chain with large menu of soups, salads and sandwiches. Panera with a southern twist.
  • P. Tracks: A dive bar with a surprisingly long menu, including some vegetarian versions of local cuisine (BBQ tofu).
  • Casual Pint: Ideal for snacks or beverages after hours.

Dining Options in other Neighborhoods:

  • Hog and Hominy: Italian and US Southern fusion with fantastic pizza and pie:
  • Central BBQ: An ideal place to obtain Memphis BBQ, with multiple locations.
  • Rendezvous: Famous BBQ joint, providing what are widely agreed to be the best ribs east of the Mississippi.
  • Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken: If it isn’t world famous, it should be.
  • The Second Line: New Orleans style, serving po’ boys and other creative entrees.
  • Mollie Fontaine Lounge: A renovated Victorian mansion with fine food and drink.
  • Imagine Vegan Café: Extensive all vegan menu.
  • Lyfe Kitchen: Memphis for the health conscious, with multiple locations.
  • Maximo’s on Broad or Babalu: Two of the many new(ish) tapas restaurants, with ample vegetarian options.
  • The Farmer: Fine dining with elegant small plates, entrees, and wines.
  • Wiseacre Brewing: Tap room with a wide selection of beers. (Food only available from food trucks, if present.)
  • Alchemy: Perhaps the best cocktail bar in Memphis.


Announcement of Graduate Student Workshop, Memphis 2017

Graduate Student Workshop: Analysis of the Music of Franz Schubert

University of Memphis

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 9:15 am – 12:15 pm

Jeffrey Perry (Lousiana State University)


Franz Schubert (1797-1828) has seldom been out of the scholarly eye. His Lieder have been recognized almost since their composition as notable examples of Romantic subjectivity; the rediscovery of his instrumental works in the second half of the 20th century placed him at the center of discourses on tonal form, chromatic harmony, hermeneutics, and semiotics; and more recent inquiries into gender and disability have drawn on Schubert’s life and music to expand our understanding of the relationship of the musical works to his milieu. This workshop will approach select Lieder of Schubert analytically and synthetically. Starting with more basic analyses of their tonal and motivic structures, we will branch out to explore some of the many analytical strategies that recent theorists have employed: “problem note” hermeneutics (Cone), semiotics and gestural theory (Hatten), embodiment/disability analysis (Howe), and Greimassian semiotics, expressive genres, and Schenkerian analysis (Suurpää). The goal of the workshop is to equip students with a wide-ranging toolkit that they can adapt to the needs of their own research, teaching, and musical enjoyment.


All full-time students in graduate programs in music are eligible to apply. There is no fee to participate, but participants are responsible for the cost of membership and conference registration to SCSMT. Participants are selected by a random draw from the pool of applicants.


Applications should consist of two attached documents in MS Word or pdf format:

  1. a letter that addresses the applicant’s current research interests, professional goals, and interest in the workshop;
  2. a letter of support from a faculty member that addresses the applicant’s eligibility for the workshop.


Applications should be sent to Please put “GSW SCSMT 2017” in the subject heading. Confirmation of applications will be made upon their receipt.


Applications are due by Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm CST.



Call for Papers, Annual Meeting, University of Memphis, March 17–18, 2017

The Program Committee for the 2017 meeting of the South Central Society for Music Theory invites proposals for papers and presentations on any topic related to music theory for thirty-minute presentations (20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion).

EMAIL DEADLINE: Friday, January 13th, 2017 at 11:59pm CST. Confirmation of proposals received will be made electronically upon their receipt.

Submission format:

1) Proposals should be no longer than 500 words (with up to four pages of supplemental examples and materials in support of the proposal); they should be double-spaced, and use a 12-point font. Proposals should be anonymous, and articulate the paper’s premise, its relation to existing music theoretic research, and provide some illustration of applications.

2) Send one (1) MS Word or .pdf format e-mail attachment to: Please put “SCSMT 2017 Proposal” in the subject heading. In this email, list the title of the paper, the author’s name (with rank and institutional affiliation if applicable), and the author’s address, telephone number, and e-mail address. Please also list any technical requirements for the presentation (stereo playback, piano, computer or overhead projector, etc.).

3) Additionally, attach one copy of an anonymous, 300-word or less abstract for publication in the meeting abstracts booklet.

4) If the author is a student wishing to be considered for the SCSMT Student Paper Award, please indicate your student status in the email. Candidates for the student award must submit a copy of the full paper to the address above by Friday, February 17, 2017.

No more than one proposal will be accepted for each individual.

Previously published papers, or papers given at national conferences will not be considered.

SCSMT 2017 Program Committee: Douglas Rust (USM), Trevor DeClercq (MTSU), Adam Hudlow (NSULA) and Adam Rosado (LSU).

Report on 2016 Annual Meeting

The South-Central Society for Music Theory held its 2016 annual meeting at Kennesaw State University from April 1-2 as a joint conference with Music Theory Southeast. This year’s winner for best paper delivered by a graduate student at an annual meeting went to Daniel Thompson (Florida State University) for his paper “A Topical Exploration of the Jazz Messengers’ 1963 Recording ‘One by One.’” Evan Jones (Florida State University) chaired the program committee for this joint meeting, which included James MacKay (Loyola/New Orleans), Jane Clendinning (Florida State University), Brian Jarvis (University of Texas at El Paso) and Sean Clarke (Université de Montréal). The Society is grateful to Kennesaw State University and to our local arrangements chair, Jeff Yunek (Kennesaw State University), for hosting this memorable conference.


Ben Wadsworth (Kennesaw State University) was elected President of SCSMT for the next two-year term. The Society is grateful to Jeff Yunek (Kennesaw State University) for his sustained and professional leadership over two presidential terms, and to Jeffrey Perry (LSU) for his many years of valuable assistance with the society’s website and email discussion group.


Our next annual meeting will be held at Memphis State University on March 17-18, 2017.

2016 MTSE & SCSMT Joint Annual Confernce Information

MTSE/SCSMT 2016 program

Local Arrangements for MTSE/SCSMT 2016


2016 Joint Annual Meeting of Music Theory Southeast and the South Central Society for Music Theory

April 1 – 2, 2016
Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA 30144

Getting There:

  • Driving: (Strongly recommended)
    • Travel along I-75 South to the Chastain Road Exit (no. 271).
      • To the conference venue: Go west on Chastain Road and take a right at Frey Road. The East Deck will be on your left.
      • To the conference hotel: Go east on Chastain Road and take a right onto Busbee Dr. NW. The hotel will be on your left.
  • Flying: Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
    • Transportation from the airport:
      • Shuttle: $55 for one person (and $15 for each additional passenger)
      • Taxi: $80 – $100
      • Public Transportation: $5 (strongly discouraged due to duration and complexity)


  • There is free on-campus parking for our event in the East Deck third floor and above in Lot-A (no permit required).
  • There is also a free campus bus (the black line) that will take you between the conference hotel and the conference venue. The pickup is across from the conference hotel at the KSU Center and the stop for the conference venue is the KSU Commons.

Conference Venues:

  • Friday: All events take place in the Carmichael Student Center (Lower Level: University Rooms A – E)
  • Saturday: All events take place in Prillaman Hall (Rooms 1000 and 1002)


  • Conference hotel: Comfort Suites at Kennesaw State (1 mile from venue)
    • 3366 Busbee Dr NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144
      • Each room has a pullout couch
    • Cost: $89/night (for a single suite or a double suite)
    • Reservation due a month in advance for group rate (February 29th)
    • Other hotels nearby the conference hotel (1 – 1.5 miles from venue)
      • Best Western (Kennesaw Inn): (770) 424-7666
      • Extended Stay (Kennesaw – Chastain Rd.): (770) 425-6101
    • Suggested hotel near restaurants: (1.5 miles from venue)
      • Embassy Suites (Kennesaw Town Center): (770) 420-2505

Post-Conference Activities:

  • Thursday, March 31st
    • 8pm: Piano Recital (at Kennesaw State University) by David Watkins, Professor Emeritus of Piano (free)
  • Friday, April 1st
    • 8pm: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (at Kennesaw State University) playing Berlioz Le Corsaire Overture, Ravel Piano Concerto for Left Hand and Rapsodie espagnole, and Debussy Le Mer ($23 – 55)
  • Saturday, April 2nd
    • 8pm: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (in the Woodruff Arts Center) playing Berlioz , Ravel, and Debussy
  • Museums:
    • High Museum of Art, MLK Jr. Museum, Museum of Puppetry Arts, and World of Coca-Cola

Program for MTSE/SCSMT 2016

Download the program here: MTSE SCSMT 2016 Program
Dear MTSE/SCSMT members and friends,
I hope this finds you very well. You are warmly invited to attend the 2016 Joint Meeting of Music Theory Southeast and the South Central Society for Music Theory, which will be held at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA (in the greater Atlanta area) on Friday and Saturday, April 1-2. Visit  to view the program. Online registration will be available shortly.
The conference hotel is the Comfort Suites at Kennesaw State (3366 Busbee Dr. NW, Kennesaw, GA, 30144). Reservations are due by February 28 to qualify for the group rate of $89/night; this applies to either a single suite or a double suite, each of which also has a pull-out couch. For the group rate, please call 678-275-2090 and specify “MTSE” as the name of our block. Many thanks to SCSMT president Jeffrey Yunek for his service as local arrangements chair and also as a member of the program committee. Thanks also to other program committee members Sean Clarke, Jane Clendinning, Brian Jarvis, James MacKay, and MTSE president Gabriel Fankhauser.
As is noted on the program, we will again schedule a recital featuring performances by conference attendees at the end of the paper sessions on Friday afternoon, April 1. If you are interested in performing and you haven’t already been in touch with me about this, please reply to this message to let me know. There is no need to select repertoire quite yet, but it would be helpful to have a sense of how many people want to be involved.
On Saturday morning, April 2, Jocelyn Neal (UNC Chapel Hill) will be offering a graduate student workshop entitled “Form Matters: Contemporary Popular Music, Genre, and Trends in Songwriting and Arranging.” Quite a few students have already applied and been accepted to this workshop, but it may be possible to accommodate a few more. Students can apply by contacting me by e-mail and by arranging for a faculty member to send me a brief confirmation of their student status.
Looking forward to what promises to be an exciting conference!
Evan A. Jones, Ph.D., D.M.A.
Chair, 2016 MTSE/SCSMT Program Committee
Professor of Music Theory and Coordinator of Music Theory and Composition
Florida State University College of Music