2015 Call for Papers

Deadline: 15 January 2015

This year’s conference marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Music Theory Midwest. As part of the celebration, the conference will feature a keynote address by Professor Richard Cohn titled, “Why We Don’t Teach Meter, and Why We Should.” Our choice of Prof. Cohn as keynote speaker comes from the desire to celebrate crucial developments in our field that originated or were significantly extended in the Midwestern region. Prof. Cohn was a member of the original MTMW organizing committee, and his work has made a huge impact on the field, both directly and through his students. In particular, the society wishes to acknowledge how Prof. Cohn cultivated neo-Riemannian theory by publically engaging with students and interested faculty at MTMW meetings. For example, Prof. Cohn’s 1994 MTMW keynote address in Bloomington may have been the first public presentation on what became neo-Riemannian theory. 

Music Theory Midwest invites scholars from all geographic regions to submit proposals on any area of music theory and analysis for our annual conference. As is traditional at MTMW, we encourage proposals on composers, musicians, and events with significant anniversaries in 2015, and we welcome proposals for special sessions devoted to these or any other particular topic. 

Notable anniversaries in 2015:

1665: Nicolaus Bruhns, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre born.
1715: Jacques Duphly, Georg Christoph Wagenseil born.
1765: Anton Eberl, Joseph Eybler, Daniel Steibelt born.
1815: Josephine Lang, Robert Volkmann born.
1865: Paul Dukas, Alexander Glazunov, Carl Nielsen, Jean Sibelius born; first performances of Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine, Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.
1915: David Diamond, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, born; passing of Karl Goldmark, Alexander Scriabin, Sergey Taneyev.
1965: Björk, Shania Twain born; passing of Henry Cowell, Edgard Varèse.


INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATIONS: Papers should not have been previously presented at national or international conferences nor previously published. Only one proposal per submitter will be considered. Papers should be planned for presentation in twenty minutes followed by ten minutes for questions. In some cases the program committee may recommend that a proposal be presented as a poster. Submitters may indicate a preference to present their work in a poster session.

Proposals should be submitted electronically via the MTMW website at http://www.mtmw.org/index.php/conferences. Submissions are due no later than January 15, 2015. The online form serves as the cover letter, while the proposal and any supplemental materials are to be submitted as a single document in .pdf format. The proposal should not exceed 500 words, including any footnotes or endnotes but not including the title. A maximum of four pages of supplementary materials (such as musical examples, diagrams, and bibliography) may be appended, and are excluded from the word count, but these materials should not appreciably add to the proposal’s content. The proposal must include the title of the paper but exclude the author’s name and any other identifying information. 

SPECIAL SESSIONS: Proposals for Special Sessions have no specific page limit and should include the names of the organizer and all participants. Special sessions should be organized in a way such that the program committee could not create from separately submitted individual proposals. Anyone wishing to propose a special session should contact the program chair (Ryan McClelland, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) well in advance of the proposal deadline.

KOMAR AWARD: The Arthur J. Komar Award for best student paper will be presented at the conclusion of the meeting. Student presenters who wish to be considered for this award must indicate this in the online submission form. For the purposes of this award, “student” status terminates with the receipt of a terminal degree or employment in a full-time position. Additional information and a list of past recipients can be found at the MTMW website.

NOTIFICATION: Those submitting proposals will receive notification of the program committee’s decision by early March.


Ryan McClelland, chair (University of Toronto, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Eloise Boisjoli (University of Texas–Austin)
Brian Hyer (University of Wisconsin–Madison)
Shersten Johnson (University of St. Thomas)
Drew Nobile (University of Chicago)
Andrew Pau (Oberlin College)
Catherine Losada (Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music) ex-officio as MTMW President


Melissa Hoag (Oakland University)

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