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Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory

RMSMT is the professional society for music theorists serving the Rocky Mountain region, which covers the U.S. states of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, as well as the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Rocky Mountain Scholar's Conference 2019

The Rocky Mountain Music Scholars Conference will be held on March 1 and 2, 2019, in the Student Union at the University of Texas at El Paso. This conference is the annual, joint meeting of the Rocky Mountain Chapters of the American Musicological Society and the Society for Theory, and the Southwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology. A special keynote address will be given by Dr. Ana Alonso-Minutti on the topic of music along the U.S.-Mexican Border.  For registration, transportaion, and housing information, please follow this link to UTEP's website.

The conference hotel has a block of rooms reserved with a set price of $99 if you use the code RMMS. The price for this block will expire on Feb. 1., so you should make your reservations soon. The best number to call to do so is 915-351-2121 (or presumably you could do it at the above link as well). These details are on the conference web site as well.

Best Student Paper Award

Students who wish to be considered for the Best Student Paper Award (BSPA) should declare their interest in the identificatory email. The student will then be additionally required to submit an electronic copy of the paper itself—the version to be read at the conference (i.e., not an entire dissertation chapter)—along with any tables, figures, or musical examples by Friday, February 22, 2019 (to the same email address: dbashwin@unm.edu).

2018 Conference

The Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory (RMSMT) held its 2018 Annual Meeting on Friday, March 23rd and Saturday, March 24th at the University of Arizona in beautiful Tucson. This was a joint meeting with the Rocky Mountain chapter of the American Musicological Society and the Southwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology. The keynote speaker was Keynote Speaker: John Roeder, University of British Columbia.

We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2018 Best Student Paper Award is Jacy Pedersen of Texas Christian University, with a paper titled "A Theory of Closure in the Late Works of Sergei Prokofiev."

Past Conferences

  • 2017

    2017 Conference Schedule

    2017 Best Student Paper:  Dale Tovar for his paper entitled "Berg's Romantic Rhetoric." Dale is a Master's student in Music Theory at the University of Oregon

  • 2016

    2016 Conference Schedule

    2016 Best Student Paper: Jesse Kinne (University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music), "Temporalizing the Play of Recognition and Surprise in Boulez' Incises."

  • 2015

    2015 Conference Schedule and Abstracts

    2015 Best Student Paper: Thomas W. Posen (University of New Mexico), "More than a Tritone: A Set Theoretic Analysis of Leonard Bernstein's 'The Rumble' from West Side Story (1957)," and Kristen Wallentinsen (University of Western Ontario), "Fuzzy Family Ties: An Examination of Familial Similarity between Contours of Variable Cardinality."

  • 2014

    2014 Conference Schedule and Abstracts

    2014 Best Student Paper: Scott Schumann, "Distorted Topics in Stravinsky's Violin Concerto, Mvmt. 1 (1931)," and Gabriel Venegas, "Formal Reinterpretation in Schubert's Works for Piano Solo."


David Bashwiner, President
Associate Professor, Music Theory, University of New Mexico
Email: dbashwin@unm.edu

Carissa Reddick, Webmaster
Associate Professor of Music Theory, University of Northern Colorado
Email: carissa.reddick@unco.edu

Janice Dickensheets, Webmaster
Associate Professor of Music History, University of Northern Colorado
Email: janice.dickensheets@unco.edu