2019 Annual Meeting

Meeting 2019 - Columbus, Ohio

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 42nd Annual Meeting of the SMT in Columbus, Ohio, which took place November 7–10.

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2019 Publication Award Winners

  • Wallace Berry Award: Organized Time by Jason Yust
  • Outstanding Publication Award: “Invisible Collaboration: The Dawn and Evolution of elektronische Musik” by Jennifer Iverson
  • Emerging Scholar Award (book): Mozart’s Music of Friends by Edward Klorman
  • Emerging Scholar Award (article): “Parametric Interaction in Tonal Repertoires” by Chris Brody
  • Outstanding Multi-Author Publication Award: Brahms and the Shaping of Time, edited by Scott Murphy
  • Citation of Special Merit: The Routledge Companion to Music Cognition, edited by Richard Ashley, Renee Timmers

2019 Lifetime Membership awards

  • Severine Neff
  • Michael Cherlin
  • David Huron

In Memoriam Bob Judd

On Saturday, August 24, 2019, beloved AMS Executive Director Bob Judd unexpectedly passed away. The SMT Executive Board offers our deepest condolences to his widow, Cristle Collins Judd (distinguished music theorist and President of Sarah Lawrence College) and to the entire membership of AMS. Bob was the guiding hand in organizing our joint meetings, working with utmost kindness and respect to create a wonderful sense of community among our two Societies. As our Executive Director, Jennifer Diaz, has so eloquently written: "Bob was a wonderful colleague, mentor, friend, and business partner. He will be sincerely missed personally and professionally."

As AMS President Suzanne Cusick has so touchingly memorialized: "A distinguished scholar of early modern keyboard music, Bob had served the AMS as Executive Director since 1996; indeed, he served as our heart and soul as well. The breadth of knowledge, optimism and keen analytical mind with which he approached every challenge over those twenty-three years will be sorely missed. Even more, however, we will miss his kindness, his generosity of spirit, and what one member called his 'seemingly infinite patience and grace'."

Bob’s obituary may be found at http://www.mcgrathandson.com/obituary/judd-robert/. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the AMS Robert Judd Fund at https://www.amsmusicology.org/donations/donate.asp?id=18911.

Bob Judd was a remarkable leader and friend to us all. The Executive Board stands with AMS during this time of grieving.

In sorrow,
Robert Hatten, SMT President

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The editorial staff of Music Theory Online is pleased to announce the arrival of MTO 25.3, with articles by Andrew Conklin, Elizabeth Medina-Gray, and Garrett Michaelsen; an essay by Nathan John Martin; and a book review by John Turci-Escobar.

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We are happy to announce a new Student Presentation Award, given annually to a graduate or undergraduate music student for a scholarly presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory. More information can be found here.

The preliminary program and registration is now available for the 2019 meeting in Columbus.

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