Call For Papers

2022 Annual Meeting of the 
Music Theory Society of New York State

Conference Date: April 9 – 10, 2022
Proposal Deadline: January 18, 2022

The program committee for the 2022 meeting of the Music Theory Society of New York State (MTSNYS) invites proposals for papers and presentations on any topic related to music theory and analysis. Continuing our celebration of MTSNYS’s 50-year history, our annual meeting will be held April 9–10 at the site of our first meeting, the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and will honor the occasion with a new 50th Anniversary Award.

    1. Proposals are invited for either regular twenty-minute presentations or for other formats, such as special panels or poster sessions. Up to two proposals may be submitted by an individual, but no more than one will be accepted.
    2. Proposals for papers given at national conferences or previously published should not be submitted.
    3. Presentations by graduate students will be eligible for the Patricia Carpenter Award, which includes a cash prize and publication in Theory and Practice.
    4. All presenters will be eligible for the 50th Anniversary Award, which includes a cash prize and publication in Theory and Practice.
    5. All presenters will be invited to submit their paper for inclusion in the MTSNYS archives, housed in Sibley Library Special Collections at the Eastman School of Music:


The MTSNYS board recently created and advertised a new 50th Anniversary Award to be given for the first time in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the society’s founding. Upon reflection, our current board has decided to postpone this award pending further consideration of its definition, purpose, and requirements.

The society will move forward with the selection of a 2022 Patricia Carpenter Award winner, which recognizes outstanding scholarship by an emerging scholar in the field. This award includes a $500 honorarium and publication of the winning paper in the society’s journal, Theory and Practice.

Submission Requirements

Individual Papers: Submission for individual papers should include a proposal of no more than 300 words, including any footnotes or endnotes, submitted as a PDF file. The proposal may be accompanied by a maximum of four pages of supplementary material (such as musical examples, diagrams, and bibliography), not to be counted within the 300-word limit, and compiled together with the proposal into a single PDF file. Note that any supplementary text (e.g., example captions and analytical annotations) should not appreciably add to the word count of the proposal. Proposals must not include the author’s name and should be purged of any indications of the author’s identity. Author tags must be removed from electronic files.

Special Panels or Poster Sessions: Submissions for special panels or poster sessions should include a proposal of no more than 300 words for the entire panel/session, following the guidelines above for individual papers.

Proposals should be submitted electronically at the MTSNYS User Dashboard:

The application interface will ask for the submitter’s name, address, email address, institutional affiliation (if any), academic status, and telephone number, plus a list of special needs such as A/V, electronic keyboard, or piano. Submissions with more than one author must include this identification information for all authors. Special session proposals should be submitted by the session organizer, though each participant must submit their identifying information. Other information requested (such as gender, academic rank, and nationality) will be used for statistical purposes only—the committee will not have access to this data, nor will decisions be based on it, but it is requested in order to help the society with its long-term goal of achieving equitable representation. Questions may be addressed to Brian Moseley at

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

    1. Clearly articulated arguments and conclusions.
    2. New approaches or fields of inquiry, and/or novel extensions of existing approaches.
    3. Implications for the field in terms of musical and theoretical richness.
    4. Strong writing and clear presentation of ideas.
    5. Examples, if needed, that helpfully illustrate the project.

The committee encourages submitters to take advantage of the following resources:

    1. The Professional Development Committee’s advice for preparing a conference proposal.
    2. The Committee for the Status of Women’s Proposal Mentoring Program.

Members of the 2022 Program Committee are:

Brian Moseley (University at Buffalo, SUNY), chair
Jeremy Day-O’Connell (Skidmore College)
Miriam Piilonen (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Táhirih Motazedian (Vassar College)
Christopher Bartlette (Binghamton University), ex officio