Music Theory Midwest 2017 Conference Information

Twenty-Eighth Annual Conference, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, May 19–20


General Information

Music Theory Midwest will hold its twenty-eighth conference on May 19 and 20, 2017 at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Keynote Abstract

This year's keynote address will be given by Catherine Nolan and is entitled "Anton Webern's Late Music in the Context of Postmodern Modernism." Catherine Nolan is Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) in music at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests focus on theoretical, analytical, and critical issues surrounding modernist music of the twentieth century, particularly the late music of Anton Webern, Webern's creative partnership with poet (and painter) Hildegard Jone, and on the history and timeless expression of mathematical models in music theory. Her publications have appeared in Journal of Music Theory, Music Theory Spectrum, Music Theory Online, Journal of Mathematics and Music, and in edited collections, including The Cambridge History of Western Music Theory, The Princeton Companion to Mathematics. Her essay on Canada's first serial composer, John Weinzweig, appeared in Weinzweig: Essays on His Life and Music.


A mini conference-guide that indicates the location of Voxman (in gold), the conference hotel (in red), and a select list of restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, and entertainment venues can be found here:

Conference Events

Summer of the Arts, Friday Night Concert Series

Friday nights throughout the summer, a free outdoor concert is given in the Ped-Mall (one block from the music building) from 6:30-9:30pm.

Additional Entertainment

Iowa City has a lively downtown district; more events can be found here:

Information is forthcoming. The cut-off date for banquet registrations will be May 12 (one week before the banquet).


Air Travel

Iowa City is served by two airports: the Eastern Iowa Airport (CID), just south of Cedar Rapids, is 30-minute drive; and the Quad City Airport (MLI), just south of Moline is a 60-minute drive. Shuttle, taxi, and rental services are available from both airports.

CID Ground Transportation:

MLI Ground Transportation:

Ground Travel in Iowa City

Iowa City has been served by Uber since late 2015. Additional cab companies may be found online. Most hotels outside of downtown Iowa City offer free shuttles to the downtown area, but be sure to confirm this with your hotel. The University also offers a number of free public transportation services, though you will find that the entire downtown district is walkable.

Ample parking is available in the parking ramp on the corner of Clinton and Burlington (across the street from Voxman to the north), as well as the ramp on the corner of Court and Dubuque (one block southeast of Voxman), each at the rate of $1 per hour beyond the first hour. Metered street parking is also available throughout the downtown area. Street parking is free after 6pm on both Friday and Saturday; street parking is free all day Sunday should you remain in Iowa City beyond the conference.


The official conference hotel is:

Iowa House Hotel:125 N. Madison Street, Iowa City, IA 52242

Phone: (319) 335-3513


The hotel is 5 blocks from Voxman and is a 10-minute leisurely walk. The Iowa House has two room types, each of which can be reserved as a single- or double-bed room. Prices do not vary between single and double rooms. In addition, there are two suites available:

Economy: $80, inclusive of tax

Business: $90, inclusive of tax

Suite: $150, inclusive of tax

All rooms are outfitted with a refrigerator, microwave and Keurig. Free parking is included, as is a continental breakfast.

To receive the rates above, please book with the following information (through May 4th):

Group Name: Music Theory Midwest

Code: 1227

Additional Lodging

You will be hard-pressed to find a cheaper rate than that above, but you are welcome to explore additional options. The Sheraton (, as well as the Hotel Vetro ( are certainly more expensive, though both are one block from the music building.

Local Information

Local Arrangements Chair: Matthew Arndt (University of Iowa)

Other Information

More about the conference will become available at, including abstracts,interactive maps, online registration, restaurant information, and other links of interest.

Call for Proposals

Music Theory Midwest invites scholars from all geographic regions to submit proposals on any area of music theory and analysis. As is traditional at MTMW, we encourage proposals on composers, musicians, and events with significant anniversaries in 2017, and we welcome proposals for special sessions devoted to these or any other particular topic.

Click here for complete details.

Program Committee

Leslie David Blasius (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Chair

Julian Hook (Indiana University)
Rebecca Perry (Yale University)
Steven Cahn (University of Cincinnati)
Aleksandra Vojcic (University of Michigan)
Daniel Barolsky (Beloit College)
Lawrence Zbikowski (University of Chicago) ex-officio as MTMW President

Pre-Conference Workshop

Regretfully, there is no workshop at this year's conference.

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