CCM's Music Theory and Musicology Society hosts student conference March 4-5, 2022

The conference is designed to engage UC and non-UC students in the broad field of music scholarship

CCM’s Music Theory and Musicology Society hosts its ninth biennial student conference designed to engage both UC students and students from other institutions in the broad field of music scholarship on March 4-5 2022. Titled "New Approaches in Music Theory and Musicology," the hybrid-format conference features keynote speakers Julianne Grasso (University of Texas at Austin) and Imani Mosley (University of Florida) and student paper presentations. This year’s conference also includes two workshops led by CCM ethnomusicologists Stefan Fiol and Scott Linford.

Student paper sessions will be in 90-minute time frames; each presenter will give a 20-minute talk followed by 10 minutes of Q&A. Each paper session Q&A will be chaired by a CCM student to facilitate the discussion. All presentations, both student and keynote, will be given during their time frame for both in-person and virtual conference attendees. We will stream the video for those presenting virtually during the listed time frames and then facilitate the Q&A discussion session with the speaker live. 

All conference proceedings, including workshops will be accessible via a hybrid in-person/virtual model. In-person sessions will take place in the CCM Baur Room; remote attendees can access the conference via Zoom. Registration is required.

Please email all inquiries to Kabelo Chirwa or Katerina Hall at ccm.mtms@gmail.com.

Friday, March 4

1:30-1:45 p.m.

CONFERENCE INTRODUCTIONS


1:45-2:45 p.m.

KEYNOTE PRESENTAION: TRACING MAGIC CIRCLES 
Julianne Grasso, University of Texas at Austin
Abstract coming soon


2:45-3:45 p.m.

KEYNOTE Q&A
Julianne Grasso, University of Texas at Austin
Chaired by Christopher Segall, Associate Professor of Music Theory at CCM


3:45-4 p.m.

OPENING RECEPTION


4-5:30 p.m.

STUDENT PAPER SESSION: IDENTITY, PLACE AND NOSTALGIA 
Chaired by Andrew Van Dyke

  • Lydia Wagenknecht (University of Colorado Boulder): "Te recuerdo Latinoamerica: Postcolonial Nostalgias in Joan Baez' Gracias a la vida Album"
  • Lukas Perry (Eastman School of Music): "Where is Link's True 'Home'?: Contrasting the Relationships of Leitmotive and Topic to Narrative Across The Legend of Zelda Series"
  • Carlos Perez Tabares (University of Michigan): 'I Am the Song I Sing': Identity, Resistance, and Embodiment in the Music of Bola de Nieve"

Saturday, March 5

9-10 a.m.

SOUNDWALKING VIRTUAL WORKSHOP 
Stefan Fiol, Professor of Ethnomusicology at CCM
The goal of the workshop is to become more attentive to the ways that human differences and identities shape the ways we listen and sound. Preparatory listening: “The Sonic Landscapes of Unwelcome: Women of Color, Sonic Harassment, and Public Space.”


ECOMUSICOLOGY WORKSHOP 
Scott Linford, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at CCM 
During this workshop, we will have a conversation about what a focus on nature and human relationships to nature can bring to research areas; application of environmental perspectives in music theory, ethnomusicology and musicology. Read: Jeff Todd Titon, "Why Thoreau?," in Current Directions in Ecomusicology: Music, Culture, Nature, edited by Aaron Allen and Kevin Dawe, pp. 69–79 (Routledge, 2016). Please consider one example of music and/or sound drawing humans into copresence with the natural environment. This could be drawn from personal experience, from other research you have read, or from repertoire you know.


9:30-10 a.m.

BREAKFAST RECEPTION


10-11:30 a.m.

STUDENT PAPER SESSION: EXAMINING TIMBRE 
Chaired by Hannah Blanchette

  • Avinoam Foonberg (CCM): "The Crooked Timbre of Phenomenology"
  • Grace Gollmar (University of Texas at Austin): "Structuring Chorus-Soloist Relationships through Texture and Timbre in Two Recent Operas"
  • Patrick Mitchell (CCM): "Communicating Rage: Multifaceted Resistance as Sonic Protest in Rage Against the Machine"

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

LUNCH BREAK


12:45-2:15 p.m.

STUDENT PAPER SESSION: INTERSECTIONS OF GENDER AND EQUITY
Chaired by Caitlan Trulove

  • Tori Vilches (Texas Christian University): "Diversifying Gender Representation in Music Theory Textbooks"
  • Yiqing Ma (University of Michigan): "Gender Performance and Transgression in J-pop"
  • Brandi Diggs (CCM): "Cultural Responsiveness Within the Vocal Studio: How the Vocal Study and Programming of African American Art Song Alleviates Racial Trauma Within the Black Singer"

2:30-3:30 p.m.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: “THAT ISN’T REALLY MUSICOLOGY, NOW IS IT?”: HISTORY, SCHOLARSHIP, AND THE POST-MUSICOLOGICAL TURN
Imani Mosely, University of Florida 
The late 1980s and early 1990s is now understood as a watershed moment in the evolution of historical musicology as a discipline. The “new musicology,” now over forty years old, pressed the idea of an interdisciplinary, intersectional approach to academic music steeped in postmodernist practices. The introduction of these ideas as necessary for the life and health of the field encountered well-documented pushback, seen as “short, eclectic and selectively pluralistic ... the death of musicology.” But to highlight the pluralistic nature of interdisciplinarity brings forward a further step in that discussion: where does it end? In this talk, I discuss the possibility of a postmusicological turn: a moment in scholarship where outside fields help to define musicology perhaps even more strongly than musicology does. This discussion examines the ways in which recognition of people, places, and bodies, both through scholarship and through social relations, has affected the way musicologists view musicology and themselves.


3:30-4:30 p.m.

KEYNOTE Q&A DISCUSSION 
Imani Mosely, University of Florida 
Chaired by Shelina Brown, Assistant Professor of American Music at CCM


4:30 p.m.

CONFERENCE CONCLUDING REMARKS


CCM's Music Theory and Musicology Society engages all interested members of the UC community to discuss issues relating to music theory and musicology. The MTMS regularly maintains forums for the purpose of discussing theoretical, historical and cultural topics in music. Past MTMS Conference programs are available online.