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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.

Selected Papers from the 2020 Rocky Mountain Scholar's Conference

As a result of the cancellation of the 2020 Rocky Mountain Scholar's Conference due to COVID restrictions, we offered to place electronic versions of the papers accepted for presentation into our websites so that our scholar's could share their works.  You can access papers that were submitted for AMS and SEM below, just select the 2020 past conference tab.  There were no submissions from RMSMT.   

Rocky Mountain Scholar's Conference 2021

The University of Northern Colorado is pleased to announce that it will host the 2021 Rocky Mountain Scholar's Conference.  Due to continued concerns surrounding COVID19, this year's conference will be held virtually April 9-10, 2021. Details about the conference format will be published either later this year or early in 2021.

Conference Program

Conference Registration

Registration fees are as follows:  Professional registration - $20;  Student registration - $0.  When you enter the registration portal, you will also be asked if you wish to support the student awards.  Each year we provide a monetary award for the best student paper in each society:  AMS, SEM, and SMT.  If you wish to lend your financial support to these awards, you may click yes, select the society award you wish to support, and then you will be able to choose an amount.  This is not required for registration, purely voluntary support.

Register for the Conference

Call for Papers

The Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory is pleased to announce a call for papers for the Annual Meeting of the society on April 9–10, 2021. The conference will be held online, hosted by the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO. The conference will be held jointly with the Southwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEMSW) and the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Musicological Society (AMS-RMC). The keynote address will be announced in the conference program.

The Program Committee invites proposals from scholars and students for individual papers (20 minutes in length, with 10 minutes for discussion). Proposals should be sent electronically (as pdfs attached to an email) to acting society president, Andrew Gades according to the instructions below. The name(s) or affiliation(s) of anyone involved in the presentation must not appear in the title or abstract.

Submissions must be received no later than 5pm MST, Monday, February 1, 2021.

Download a pdf of the call for papers.

Instructions for proposal preparation and submission

Submissions should comprise three elements: (1) a proposal in pdf format; (2) a second pdf with an abstract; and (3) identification information in the body of the email.

  1. Your proposal should consist of no more than 500 words, including any footnotes or endnotes. (One mathematical equation may be counted as one word). If desired, a maximum of four additional pages of supplementary materials may be appended (such as musical examples, diagrams, and selected bibliography); these pages will not be counted within the 500-word limit. The proposal should include the title of the paper but must exclude the author’s name and any other identifying information. Any references to the author’s own work must occur in the third person (Note: also ensure that any self-identification is removed from the file name and the Document “Properties” field). The entire proposal with supplementary materials should be gathered into a single pdf.
  2. Your abstract should consist of no more than 250 words, and should be written in a manner suitable for publication in the conference program should your proposal be accepted. (All of the same considerations regarding non-disclosure of the author’s identity must be applied). The abstract should be in a separate pdf from the proposal.
  3. In the body of the email to which the abstract and proposal are attached, please include the following identificatory information: title of the proposal, author’s name, author’s address, author’s institutional affiliation (or independent scholar/student status), author’s email address, and any technical or audio-visual requirements. If you are a student and wish to be considered for the Best Student Paper Award (see below), please state that in the body of the email as well.

Labeling your electronic documents

For both abstract and proposal, please include the title of the proposal in the document itself (above the main body of text).
For both abstract and proposal, please name the file with a short form of your title, the word “abstract” or “proposal,” and RMSMT2020. For example:      Hexachordal_Combinatoriality_in_The_Chronic_RMSMT2021_Abstract.pdf

For the subject line of your email submission, please write “RMSMT2020 Submission,” (with no space between RMSMT and 2020).
Please note that only complete submissions will be considered, and that submission implies intent to attend the conference if accepted. Email all submissions to Andrew Gades.

Any questions may be directed to Andrew Gades.

Best Student Paper Award

Students who wish to be considered for the Best Student Paper Award (BSPA) must declare their interest in the body of the proposal 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, March 26, 2021 to Andrew Gades.

Conference Information

Information about the conference format, registration process, and donating to the BSPA will be posted on the conference webpage. 

Past Conferences


Andrew Gades, President
Associate Professor of Music, Associate Dean of Faculty, The College of Idaho
Email: agades@collegeofidaho.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