Call For Papers

The Call for Papers for our 2018 Conference has completed.

Hunter College, City University of New York (New York, NY)

14–15 April 2018

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The Program Committee for the 2018 meeting of the Music Theory Society of New York State (MTSNYS) has closed the 2018 Call For Papers. Thank you to all who submitted work for this year’s conference.

  • Proposals are invited for either regular thirty-minute presentations or for other formats, such as special panels and poster sessions. Up to two proposals may be submitted by an individual, but no more than one will be accepted.
  • Papers given at national conferences or previously published will not be considered.
  • Presentations by graduate students will be eligible for the Patricia Carpenter Award, which includes a cash prize and publication in Theory and Practice.

Submissions should include:

  • A PROPOSAL of no more than 500 words, including any footnotes or endnotes, submitted as a PDF file. The proposal may be accompanied by a maximum of four (4) pages of supplementary material (such as musical examples, diagrams, and bibliography), not to be counted within the 500-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 content 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.
  • N.B. Accessing the “Author” tag link may prompt a security warning from your browser. Instructions vary by program, but in general you may access “Advanced Settings” and “Proceed” to arrive at the website. Alternatively, we have provided the content and citation1 of the website, below:

    “‘Ensuring a Blind Peer Review’
    To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this journal, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:
    1. The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with “Author” and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors’ name, article title, etc.
    2. With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.
    3. With PDFs, the authors’ names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat’s main menu.”

  • An ABSTRACT of 200–250 words, suitable for publication, submitted as a separate PDF file.
  • Please use the following naming convention for PDF files:
    Proposal_shorttitle.pdf (e.g., Proposal_Rhetoric_and_Schemas.pdf)
    Abstract_shorttitle.pdf. (e.g., Abstract_Rhetoric_and_Schemas.pdf)
    Submissions for special panels and poster sessions should include a proposal of no more than 500 words for the entire panel/session and an abstract of 200-250 words for each paper/presentation, and should be anonymized.

    Proposals must be submitted electronically here: MTSNYS User Dashboard
    The application interface will ask for the submitter’s name, address, institutional affiliation, academic status, telephone number, plus a list of special needs such as A/V, electronic keyboard, or piano. Other information requested (such as gender, academic rank, and nationality) will be used for statistical purposes only. Questions may be addressed to Professor Ellie M. Hisama at

    PROPOSAL DEADLINE IS 1 OCTOBER 2017, 11:59 pm, Eastern Daylight Time
    Members of the 2018 Program Committee are Ellie M. Hisama (Columbia University), chair; Chelsea Burns (Eastman School of Music); Timothy A. Johnson (ex officio, Ithaca College); Julie Pedneault-Deslauriers (University of Ottawa); and Michael Vitalino (SUNY Potsdam).

    For information on our 2018 Keynote Speaker, please visit here.
    For information on our 2018 Graduate Student Workshop, please visit here.

    1. “Ensuring a Blind Peer Review,” Open Journal Systems Help, accessed June 7, 2017,