In Memoriam: Howard Cinnamon

Howard Cinnamon, Professor and Coordinator of Music Theory/Composition at Hofstra University, passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017. Howard received a BA from The City College of CUNY, and an MA from Queens College in musicology-music theory. After receiving his Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Michigan, Howard joined the faculty at Hofstra University, where he served as music theory coordinator. He was an active member of the Society for Music Theory and the Music Theory Society of New York State. For the Music Theory Society of New York State Howard served as Treasurer (1991–1996), a member of the Board of Directors (2008–2013), and Vice President (2012–2014).Howard’s scholarly work focused on the music of Franz Liszt, in particular articles in Music Theory Spectrum, In Theory Only, and Gamut. In addition, Schenkerian analysis was a topic that he published and presented on throughout his career. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

2018 Conference Information

Hunter College 2018

We are pleased to welcome Professor Sumanth Gopinath as our Keynote Speaker, and Professor Jennifer Iverson as our Graduate Student Workshop leader. We are happy to announce that registration is open! Simply login to your User Dashboard and click “Register for 47th Annual Meeting.” The program can be found here. Directions and accommodation information can be found here. The Music Theory Society of New York State Conference is pleased to offer access to the lactation room  at Hunter College (West Building, Room 521) to registered attendees who are new mothers. Please contact local arrangements chair Loretta Terrigno ( for more information about accessing the room.

2018 Conference Registration

In order to register for this year’s conference, please login to your MTSNYS User Dashboard and click “Register for 47th Annual Meeting.” If you do not have a User Dashboard account, you can create one (at no cost) by clicking on “register for one here.” We have added a new tier of conference registration to include undergraduate students. There is no registration cost for undergraduates; please encourage your students to join us this year!

Abstract Highlights

We encourage you to explore our program. Every other day we will be highlighting abstracts from our upcoming conference. We hope to see you at Hunter College soon!

MUSICS IN DIALOGUE (1:30pm–3:45pm)
Shaugn O’Donnell (City College and the CUNY Graduate Center), Chair
Lang Recital Hall (Room 424)

“The Same Old Song: ‘Stairway to Heaven,’ ‘Taurus,’ and the Role of Music Theory in Forensic Musicology” (1:30pm)
Christopher Doll (Rutgers University)

“A Comparative Study of Indojazz Tihais” (2:15pm)
Peter Selinsky (Yale University)

“How Guitar (Hero) Performance Can Convey Harmonic and Formal Function
in Pop‐Rock Music” (3:00pm)
Nicholas J. Shea (The Ohio State University)

Carmel Raz (Columbia University), Chair
Room 404

“Transformational Attitudes in Scandinavian Function Theories” (9:00am)
Thomas Jul Kirkegaard-Larsen (Aarhus University, Denmark & the CUNY Graduate Center)

“Mode and Triad in 17th-century Germany: The Theory and Music of Johann Crüger” (9:45am)
Lindsey Reymore (The Ohio State University)

“‘A Viennese May Breeze’: Twelve-tone Theory and the Machine” (10:30am)
Eamonn Bell (Columbia University)

“Beethoven’s Reigen: A. B. Marx and the ‘Round Dance’” (11:15am)
August A. Sheehy (Stony Brook University) Continue reading “2018 Conference Information”

Keynote Speaker

2018 MTSNYS Keynote Speaker: Professor Sumanth Gopinath (University of Minnesota)

We are delighted to announce that the keynote address for the 2018 meeting will be given by Professor Sumanth Gopinath (University of Minnesota).
“Sumanth Gopinath is Associate Professor of Music Theory. He is the author of The Ringtone Dialectic: Economy and Cultural Form (MIT Press, 2013), and he co-edited, with Jason Stanyek, The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies (Oxford University Press, 2014). His writings on Steve Reich, musical minimalism, Marxism and music scholarship, the Nike+ Sport Kit, the ringtone industry, Bob Dylan, and Benjamin Britten have appeared in various scholarly journals and edited collections. Continue reading “Keynote Speaker”

MTSNYS Graduate Student Workshop

Accommodating Differences in the Classroom and Beyond
Jennifer Iverson (University of Chicago)
Friday, 13 April 2018

We are delighted to announce that the 2018 Graduate Student Workshop, held the evening before the conference, will be led by Professor Jennifer Iverson (University of Chicago). The topic of this year’s workshop is “Accommodating Differences in the Classroom and Beyond.”

Workshop Details
Musically talented humans come in a range of bodies and abilities. Continue reading “MTSNYS Graduate Student Workshop”