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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

On behalf of his retirement last year, Music Theory Professor Dr. Gene Cho received a special recognition from the Provost of the University on February 21, 2017.

In the picture: Josephine Cho, Frank Heidlberger (chair), Gene Cho.

Photo: Jaymee Haefner

Paper Presentation
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Ellen Bakulina will present her paper entitled "Schenker, Mazel, and Chopin: elements of linear analysis in the work of Leo Mazel" at TSMT (Texas Society for Music Theory) in February and at MTSMA (Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic) in March.


Student News and Presentations: 2016

Jayson Smith, PhD student in music theory, was selected to present his paper, “The Metric Battle in Holst’s Mars, the Bringer of War” at the Music Theory Forum at Florida State University (Tallahassee, January 2016), the Graduate Theory Association’s Annual Symposium of Research in Music Theory at Indiana University (Bloomington, February 2016), the Texas Society for Music Theory Conference (Belton, TX, February 2016), and the Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory Conference (Albuquerque, NM, April 2016). He also has been selected to present at the Canadian University Music Society Annual Conference (Calgary, June 2016). Jay’s research was recognized with the Herbert Colvin Award for Best Student Paper at the Texas Society for Music Theory Conference. Additionally, Jay is the recipient of the 2015-2016 Outstanding Teaching Fellow in Music Theory Award for the University of North Texas College of Music.

The following students also presented papers in 2016:

Doug Donley
The 'Wave Meter Model': A Graphic Notation for Metric Phenomena
Texas Society for Music Theory Annual Conference

Kája Lill
Coherence amidst Irregular and Asymmetrical Hypermeter in the Fanfare of Janáček's Sinfonietta
Indiana University Graduate Theory Association Symposium

Building On Cohn's Metric Space: Metric Dissonances, Metric Irregularity, and Phrase Expansions in The Fanfare of Janáček's Sinfonietta
Texas Society for Music Theory Annual Conference

Sarah McConnell
Motive, Form, Process, and Second Themes–an Analysis of Reger's D minor Piano Quartet
Indiana University Graduate Theory Association Symposium

Jason Patterson
The Tonic Object: New Models for Symphonic Analysis
Indiana University Graduate Theory Association Symposium &
Texas Society for Music Theory Annual Conference

Jay Smith
The Metric Battle in Holst's 'Mars, the Bringer of War'
Indiana University Graduate Theory Association Symposium

Faculty Research Publications and Presentations: 2015

Benjamin Dobbs (Visiting Lecturer in Music Theory) presented a paper, entitled "Triadic Counterpoint or Contrapuntal Triads: Compositional Pedagogy in Early Seventeenth-Century Germany," at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory in St. Louis held October 29 - November 1, 2015.


Wednesday, April 27, 5pm
Recital Hall 
(Music Building)

Guest Lecture and Retirement Tribute to Dr. Gene Cho

Mark Spicer, guest speaker

The Music History, Theory and Ethnomusicology Division pays tribute to Professor Gene Cho upon his retirement after 42 years of teaching at the University of North Texas College of Music.

Mark Spicer is Professor of Music Theory at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He specializes in the reception history and analysis of popular music, especially British pop and rock since the 1960s, and his writings have appeared in a number of scholarly journals and essay collections. His book Sounding Out Pop, co-edited with John Covach, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2010, and he has since edited the volume onRock Music for the Library of Essays on Popular Music series from Ashgate. Most recently, he completed a three-year term (2013–15) as Associate Editor of Music Theory Spectrum. Among his current and ongoing research projects, he is working on a book that will explore how certain pop and rock musicians since the early 1970s have confronted their anxiety of influence towards the Beatles, provisionally titled In the Beatles’ Wake.

Prof. Spicer served for ten years (2005–15) as Director of Undergraduate Studies in Music at Hunter College, and was the 2015 recipient of Hunter’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. In addition to his scholarship and teaching, he maintains an active parallel career as a professional keyboardist and vocalist, having worked with several groups in the US and the UK since the 1980s. In the early 1990s, he was a founding member of the critically acclaimed group Little Jack Melody and His Young Turks, and can be heard on their first two CDs, On the Blank Generation (1991) and World of Fireworks (1994). He continues to take the stage most weekends with his own “electric R&B” group, the Bernadettes, and with the Christ Church Choir in New Haven. 

April 11, 2015: UNT Hosted AMS-SW Meeting

Faculty Recognition

At the AMS/SMT conference in Vancouver Justin Lavacek received the Emerson Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work on Mozart in 2016, from the Mozart Society of America.  His article "Mozart's Harmonic Design in the Secco Recitatives" was published in Theoria 22 (2015).

In addition, David Bard-Schwarz and Timothy Jackson were also recognized. David Lewin’s Morgengruß, co-edited by David Bard-Schwarz and Richard Cohn, received a Citation of Special Merit from the Society of Music Theory. The book From Bach to Brahms, to which Timothy Jackson contributed a chapter, won the Outstanding Multi-Authored Collection Award from the Society for Music Theory.

Also at SMT Vancouver, Ellen Bakulina presented her paper Non-monotonality and Proto-Harmony in Rachmaninoff. Frank Heidlberger presented “What is the History of Music Theory?” – Dahlhaus’s Essay and its Relevance for the Current Understanding of the Discipline, as part of the paper session Carl Dahlhaus on the History of Music Theory. Approaches to a discipline in between Music Theory and Music History. Heidlberger also organized and chaired this session.

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