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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.

Conference Information

2019 Conference

The Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory is pleased to announce a call for papers for our Annual Meeting on March 1-2, 2019 at the University of Texas at El Paso. 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 given by Dr. Ana Alonso-Minutti (University of New Mexico) on the subject of music along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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 society president, David Bashwiner, in accordance with the instructions below. The name(s) and affiliation(s) of anyone involved in the presentation should not appear in the title, abstract, or  metadata of submitted pdf files.  Conference papers will be chosen by the selection committee through a blind review process.

CFP Deadline: 11:59 pm MST, Dec. 15, 2018.

Information about the registration process, hotel accommodations, and making a donation to the BSPA will be posted on the this webpage shortly.

Instructions for proposal preparation and submission:

Submissions should consist of three elements: (1) a proposal in pdf format; (2) a second pdf with an abstract; and (3) identificatory 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 additional pages will not be counted toward 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 (with file name formulated as described below).
  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. (All of the same considerations regarding non-disclosure of the author’s identity must be applied to the abstract.) The abstract should be in a separate pdf from the proposal (with file name formulated as described below).
  3. In the body of the email to which the abstract and proposal are attached, please include the following identificatory information:
    • Title of proposal
    • Author name(s) and institutional affiliation(s) (or independent scholar/student status)
    • Author address (first author only)
    • Author email address (first author only)
    • Any technical or audio-visual requirements
    • Whether the submitting author, if a student, wishes to be considered for the Best Student Paper Award (see below).

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 followed by “RMSMT2019” and the word “abstract” or “proposal.” For example:    Hypermeter_in_Brahms_RMSMT2019_Abstract.   For the subject line of your email submission, please write “RMSMT 2019 Submission.”

Please note that only complete submissions will be considered, and that submission implies intent to attend the conference if accepted.

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