Call For Papers

2021 Annual Meeting of the 
Music Theory Society of New York State

Conference Date: June 15 – September 15, 2021
Proposal Deadline: March 19, 2021

The program committee for the 2021 meeting of the Music Theory Society of New York State (MTSNYS) invites proposals for 20-minute presentations on any topic related to music theory and analysis.

2021 is a landmark year for MTSNYS, marking the fiftieth anniversary of its founding. As ever, we invite dynamic and innovative scholarship from across the field of music theory. We also especially welcome work that reflects on this moment:

      • Topics that connect to the history, present, or future of the Society, and to the field of music theory as a whole.
      • Topics that further last year’s commitment to exploring the relationship between methodology and inclusivity, such as antiracism in music theory, the consequences of current events for the future of the field, curriculum-building and pedagogy, and ideology and universalism in music theory.

Conference Format
Due to the pandemic, the conference will be hosted online (asynchronously). Presenters’ pre-recorded videos will be posted on the MTSNYS website from June 15 through September 15. A live (synchronous) keynote talk and workshop will be hosted on June 15 to kick off the conference. The keynote talk will be given by ​Michael Buchler​ (Florida State University) and the workshop will be led by ​Jennifer Snodgrass​ (Appalachian State University).

Submission Materials and Process
Proposals may not exceed ​300 words​, including footnotes/endnotes. If needed, the proposal may be accompanied by one single page of supplementary material, containing musical examples, figures, bibliography, etc. This supplementary material should not appreciably add to the word count or content of the proposal. Combine this optional supplementary page together with the proposal into a single PDF file, and remove any identifying information from the document.

Submit proposals electronically by ​March 19 (11:59pm EST)​, here: MTSNYS Dashboard

Only one proposal per submitter will be considered. Papers should not have previously been presented at other conferences or previously published.

Questions may be addressed to Táhirih Motazedian at​.

If your proposal is accepted, you will be asked to submit an abstract by May 15, 2021.

Presentations by graduate students will automatically be eligible for the Patricia Carpenter Emerging Scholar Award, which includes a cash prize and optional publication in ​Theory and Practice​.

All presenters will be invited to submit their papers for inclusion in the MTSNYS archives, housed in Sibley Library Special Collections at the Eastman School of Music.

Recommendations for submitters
The program committee will be looking for submissions that:

      • Engage with current scholarship
      • Include clearly articulated arguments and conclusions
      • Present new approaches or fields of inquiry, and/or novel extensions of existing approaches
      • Have implications for the field in terms of musical and theoretical richness
      • Show strong writing and clear presentation of ideas
      • Provide examples, if needed, that helpfully illustrate the project

Further, the committee encourages submitters to take advantage of the following resources:

MTSNYS was established in 1971 to provide a forum for the exchange of information and ideas pertaining to teaching music theory, and to promote music theory as both a scholarly and a pedagogical discipline. It aims to foster the development of all aspects of the discipline of music theory, including music theory pedagogy and research. It supports and encourages pre-professionals with a graduate student workshop and the Patricia Carpenter Emerging Scholar Award. It is committed to advancing greater inclusion and diversity in the field.

Members of the 2021 Program Committee are:

Táhirih Motazedian (Vassar College), chair
Christopher Bartlette (Binghamton University)
Nicole Biamonte (McGill University)
Brian Edward Jarvis (University of Texas at El Paso)
Catrina S. Kim (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
William Marvin (Eastman School of Music)
Crystal Peebles (Ithaca College)
Charity Lofthouse, ex officio (Hobart & William Smith Colleges)