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GC Student Michèle Duguay Wins SMT-40 Dissertation Fellowship

Congratulations to GC Music Theory student, Michèle Duguay, who has been awarded an SMT-40 Dissertation Fellowship for work on her dissertation, “Gendering the Virtual Space: Sonic Femininities and Masculinities in Contemporary Top 40 Music.” BIO Michèle Duguay (she/her) is a Ph.D. candidate in music theory at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she also completed a […]

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GC Professor Mark Spicer awarded SMT’s Outstanding Publication Award

Congratulations to GC Professor Mark Spicer, who has been awarded this year’s Outstanding Publication Award by the Society for Music Theory! The recipient of this year’s Outstanding Publication Award examines the harmonies of pop and rock music. Through a plethora of meticulous transcriptions and analyses, the article outlines the ways in which chord inversions, repeating […]

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GC Professor Joseph Straus Awarded 2020 Wallace Berry Award by SMT

Congratulations to GC Distinguished Professor Joseph Straus, who has been awarded the 2020 Wallace Berry Award from the Society for Music Theory! This year’s Wallace Berry Award honors a book that is breathtaking in its ambition, scope, and achievement. Drawing on multiple tropes of disability representation, this book explores the conditions by which modernist music […]

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Kathryn Straker to present at AMS/SMT 2020 on November 14th

GC student Kathryn Straker to present a paper entitled “At Home with the Exotic: The Celtic and the Oriental as Mutual Otherworlds in British Psychedelia” at the upcoming AMS/SMT 2020 on November 14th. Congrats, Kathryn! About: Appropriations from Near Eastern music are a well-known psychedelic signifier in 1960s folk and rock, and in this paper […]

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Ph.D. candidate Stephen Gomez-Peck to present at 2020 Joint Meeting of the SMT and the AMS

Music theory Ph.D. candidate Stephen Gomez-Peck to present a paper entitled “(Hyper)metrical Games in Schubert’s Early Piano Sonatas”, at the upcoming 2020 Joint Meeting of the SMT and the AMS. About: While scholars have long recognized and engaged with rhythmic and metric virtuosity and playfulness in the music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, there is little such […]

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Lina Sofia Tabak presents “Pulse Dissonance in Colombian Currulao” at the 2020 SMT conference

  GC student Lina Sofia Tabak presents “Pulse Dissonance in Colombian Currulao” at the 2020 Society for Music Theory conference. The paper studies certain complex rhythmic patterns in the Pacific-coastal genre which are arguably polymetric. She argues that these patterns can be conceptualized using an altered version of Harald Krebs’s metrical dissonance theory, adding a […]

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GC Professor Johanna Devaney Gives Keynote Talk at International Conference

Congratulations to Dr. Johanna Devaney, who will be giving one of the keynote talks at the International Society for Music Information Retrieval conference this week. The talk will reflect on how musical performance has been conceived of and studied in the music information retrieval community and will suggest some directions for future research. The talk […]

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