Music Theory

Eastman Theory Colloquium

 

Upcoming Events:

Fall 2019 Schedule:

*Please note that, except where otherwise indicated, colloquium will begin at 4:00pm for the Fall 2019 semester*

Friday, October 18, 2019 at 4pm, ESM 305

  • Trevor Haughton (Eastman School of Music): Dissertation Proposal Defense
  • Christian Sancto (University of Rochester): “Towards an Absent Music: Sound Installation ‘After Auschwitz'”

Friday, October 25, 2019 at 4pm, ESM 305

  • SMT preview talks

Friday, November 15, 2019 at 4pm, ESM 305

  • Post-SMT discussion

Friday, November 22, 2019 at 4pm, ESM 305

  • Conference proposal workshop

Upcoming Cognition Symposia at Eastman (external link)

 

Past Events

Fall 2019:

Friday, October 4, 2019 at 4:30pm, ESM 305

September 27–29, 2019 at the University of Rochester’s River Campus

Friday, September 27, 2019 at 4pm, ESM 305

Friday, September 20, 2019 at 4pm, ESM 305

Friday, September 13, 2019 at 3:30pm in Hatch Recital Hall

Friday, September 6, 2019 at 4pm, ESM 305

  • Workshop on campus resources

Friday, April 12, 2019 at 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

Friday, April 19, 2019 at 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Lightning Talks presented by students and faculty of the theory department

Friday, April 26, 2019 at 1:30pm, Room A707

  • Joseph VanderStel (Eastman School of Music): “The Evolution of Syncopation in 20th-Century Popular Music”
    • PhD proposal, public presentation

Friday, May 3, 2019, at 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Job Search Workshop: CVs and Cover Letters

Friday, April 19, 2019 at 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Lightning Talks presented by students and faculty of the theory department

Friday, April 26, 2019 at 1:30pm, Room A707

  • Joseph VanderStel (Eastman School of Music): “The Evolution of Syncopation in 20th-Century Popular Music”
    • PhD proposal, public presentation

Friday, May 3, 2019, at 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Job Search Workshop: CVs and Cover Letters

Friday, March 22, 2019 at 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

Friday, March 29, 2019 at 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

Friday, March 1, 2019 at 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

Friday, February 8, 2019 at 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

Friday, November 30, 2018 at 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Matthew Brown and Robert Wason (Eastman School of Music): “Reading Heinrich Schenker’s Theory of Harmony”

Friday, November 30, 2018 at 7pm, Howard Hanson Hall

  • Music Theory Department Recital

Friday, December 7, 2018 at 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

Friday, November 16, 2018

Friday, November 9, 2018 at 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • SMT San Antonio, post-conference discussion
    • Led by Professors Bernstein and Hilewicz

Friday, October 26, 2018 at 3:30pm in Hatch Recital Hall

  • David Huron (The Ohio State University): “The Sounds of Sadness”
    • Lecture 1 of 3 in Huron’s “Gloomy Sundays, Wicked Games, and Broken Hearts: The Science of Sad Sounds” series. Details for lectures 2 and 3 can be found at this link

Friday, October 19, 2018 at 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

Friday, October 12, 2018 at 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

Friday, September 28, 2018 at 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

Friday, September 21, 2018 at 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

Friday, May 4, 2018, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Christian Birkness, BM Theory Presentation: “A Modern Traditionalist: A Schenkerian Approach to the Music of Percy Grainger”
  • Eron Smith, MA Theory Presentation: “Five and Three: Toward Middleground Prototypes for Mozart’s First-Movement Concerto Forms”

Monday, May 7, 2018, 2:00pm, Room ESM 305

  • Catrina Kim, PhD Dissertation Proposal Defense: “The Romantic Introduction”

Friday, April 20, 2018, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Dr. Joel Lester (Professor Emeritus, CUNY): “Words, Words, Words”

Friday, April 6, 2018, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Ivan Tan: “‘Total Mass Retain’: Groove in Progressive Rock”
  • Dave Keep and Dan Ketter: “Analysis, Intuition, and Performance: Brahms’s Cello Sonata in E minor, op. 38, II. Allegretto quasi Minuetto – Trio” 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 11:00am, Room ESM 209

  • Owen Belcher, PhD Dissertation Defense: “Analytical Studies of Selected Cantatas by J.S. Bach”

Friday, March 23, 2018, 10:00am, Conference Room D, Humanities Center, Rush Rhees Library (River Campus)

  • Sam Bivens, PhD Dissertation Defense: “Form and Forms in Wagner’s Die Walküre”

Friday, March 30, 2018, 10:00am, Room ESM 320

  • James Sullivan, PhD Dissertation Defense: “Meter, Melodic Parallelism, and Metric Manipulation in Post-Tonal Music”

Friday, March 30, 2018, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Dr. John Roeder (University of British Columbia): “Comparing Musical Cycles Across the World”

Friday, March 5, 2018, 1:30pm, Room MC 2

  • Alyssa Barna, PhD Proposal Defense: “Examining Contrast in Rock and Popular Music”

Friday, March 2, 2018, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Dr. John Covach (Eastman and the University of Rochester): “Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, and the Music-Structural Potential in Performance” 

Friday, February 23, 2018, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Dr. Danny Jenkins (University of South Carolina): “What I Learned from Schoenberg, and Where to Go from Here”

Friday, January 26, 2018, 4:00pm, Room ESM 305 (Note: unusual time)

  • PhD Interview Weekend Colloquium 

Friday, February 2, 2018, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Dr. Jonathan Dunsby (Eastman): “What We Can Hear, and Why: Onset Asynchrony in Western Art Music”

Friday, February 9, 2018, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Faculty/Student Meeting: Comprehensive Exam Part II

Friday, December 8, 2017, 2:30pm, Messinger Hall 1 (the “fishbowl”)

  • Dr. Ellie Hisama (Professor of Music, Columbia University): “‘A Complex Dissonant Veil of Sound’: Influence and Independence in Ruth Crawford’s Chants for Women’s Chorus (1930)”

Friday, December 1, 2017, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Jon Lin Chua (Eastman), Bachelor of Music Presentation: “Timbral Counterpoint: An Analysis of the O du lieber Augustin passage in Helmut Lachenmann’s Mouvement (-vor der Erstarrung)” 

Monday, October 23, 2017, 2:00pm, Room ESM 404

  • Dr. Dan Ketter (Eastman), PhD dissertation proposal defense: “Heinrich Schenker’s Essential Voice: Tracing the Concept of an Essential Voice in J.S. Bach’s Works for Solo Melodic Instruments”

Friday, October 27, 2017, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Dr. Orit Hilewicz (Assistant Professor of Music Theory, Eastman): “Schoenberg’s Cinematographic Blueprint: A Programmatic Analysis of Begeitungsmusik zu einer Lichtspielscene

Friday, November 17, 2017, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Post-SMT Discussion (moderated by Prof. Dave Headlam)

Friday, October 20, 2017, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • David Keep (Eastman), PhD Dissertation Proposal Defense: “Re-Creativity in Brahms’s Opp. 80-90” 

Friday, October 6, 2017, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Dr. Eytan Agmon (Professor of Music, Bar-Ilan University, Israel): “The Webern in Mozart: Systems of Chromatic Harmony and Their Twelve-Tone Content”

*Tuesday, October 10, 3:30pm, Room ESM 404 [Note: irregular day and room]*

  • Dr. Jocelyn Neal (Gordon and Golden Gray Distinguished Term Professor of Music, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill): “For Want of a V Chord: Country-Soul Covers and the Musical Politics of Race”

Friday, September 29, 2017, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Conference Proposal Review Session (Profs. Hilewicz, Bill Marvin, Temperley, faculty moderators)

Friday, September 22, 2017, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305 

  • Presentation on disability accommodations (Ms. Britt Semenow, Dr. John Hain)

Friday, September 15, 2017, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305 

  • Beginning-of-year Q&A (Profs. Betsy Marvin, Headlam, Klumpenhouwer, Dean Rolf)

Friday, September 8, 2017, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305 

  • Derek Remes (Eastman): Presser Presentation

Friday, May 5, 2017, 3:30pm, Room ESM 404

  • Senior Undergraduate Music Theory Presentations followed by department reception honoring departing undergraduate and graduate theory students

Friday, April 21, 2017, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Aaron Grant (Eastman), PhD dissertation proposal: “Schubert’s Three-Key Expositions”

Friday, April 14, 2017, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Anna Fulton (Eastman), PhD dissertation proposal: “Other Voices: Listening to Musical (Dis)embodiment”

Friday, March 31, 2017, 3:30pm, Messinger Hall 1

  • Nicole Biamonte (Associate Professor of Music Theory, McGill University): “Rhythmic Functions in Pop-Rock Music”

Friday, April 7, 2017, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Mieko Kanno (Professor of Artistic and Doctoral Studies, Sibelius Academy): “Performance as Research Method”

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 5:30pm, OSL 101

  • Ludwig Holtmeier (Professor, Hochschule für Musik Freiburg): “Towards a Theory of Arabic Numeral Analysis”

Friday, March 24, 2017, 10:30am, ESM 514

  • MTSNYS presentations (Alan Reese and David Keep)

Friday, March 24, 2017, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Michael Klein (Professor of Music Theory and Chair of the Department of Music Studies, Temple University): “Impossible Narration in Chopin’s Ballade in G minor”

Friday, March 10, 2017, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • MTSNYS presentations (Derek Remes and Sam Reenan)

Friday, March 3, 2017, 2:00pm, Hatch Hall

  • Liszt Symposium Paper Session

Friday, February 17, 2017, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • All About Job Interviews: a faculty and student panel (Zachary Bernstein, Amy Fleming, Seth Monahan)

Friday, February 10, 2017, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Betsy Marvin (Professor of Music Theory and Department Chair, Eastman): “What I Know Now: Reflections on Music Theory Pedagogy”

Friday, January 27, 2017, 4:00pm, Room ESM 305 (Note: This week’s colloquium will begin at 4pm!)

  • Eastman Theory Interview Weekend: Meeting Prospective Theory Students

Friday, January 20, 2017, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Sam Bivens (Eastman): Presser Presentation

Friday, November 18, 2016, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Sam Bivens (Eastman), PhD dissertation proposal: “New Approaches to Form in Wagner’s Die Walküre

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 4:00pm, Room Annex 710

  • Alan Reese (Eastman), PhD dissertation proposal: Title TBA

Friday, November 11, 2016, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Society of Music Theory Annual Meeting review session (led by Prof. Dave Headlam)

Friday, October 28, 2016, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Daniel Harrison (Allen Forte Professor of Music Theory, Yale University): “Updating Pieces of Tradition”

Friday, October 14, 2016, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Owen Belcher (Eastman), PhD dissertation proposal: “Interpreting the Cantatas of J.S. Bach”

Friday, October 7, 2016, 3:30pm, Room MSH 1 (the “fishbowl”)

  • Kyle Adams (Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Music Theory, Indiana University at Bloomington): “Rap Music on Trial”

Friday, September 30, 2016, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Robert Hatten (Professor of Music Theory, University of Texas at Austin): “A Theory of Virtual Agency for Western Music”

Friday, September 23, 2016, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Conference Proposal Review Session (Profs. Zachary Bernstein, Dave Headlam, Davy Temperley)

Friday, September 16, 2016, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • CV and Cover Letter Preparation and Review Session (Profs. Chris Brody, Henry Klumpenhouwer, Seth Monahan)

Friday, September 2, 2016, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Graduate Theory Program Information Session (Profs. Betsy Marvin, Seth Monahan, David Headlam, and Henry Klumpenhouwer)

Friday, May 6, 2015, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Amy Fleming (Eastman), PhD dissertation proposal: “A Thematic and Chronological Analysis of George Crumb’s ‘Cycle of Cycles'”
  • Undergraduate senior thesis presentations: Braden Maxwell and Julian Garvue

Friday, April 29, 2016, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • A Celebration of Milton Babbitt’s Centennial with Prof. Joseph N. Straus (CUNY Graduate Center), Prof. Andy Mead (Indiana University), and Prof. Zachary Bernstein (Eastman)

Friday, April 15, 2016, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Ethan Lustig (Eastman): Master’s Research Presentation, Title: “Groove Perception in Music”

Friday, April 8, 2016, 3:30pm, Room MSH 1 (“Fishbowl”)

  • Mark Spicer (Professor of Music, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center): “The Question of Tonality in Pop and Rock Songs”

Friday, March 25, 2016, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Gurminder Bhogal (Associate Professor of Music, Wellesley College): “Orientalist ornament and Ravel’s Bolero: Finding the other in the self”

Friday, March 18, 2016, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • MTSNYS presentations by Prof. Zachary Bernstein, Alyssa Barna, Anna Fulton, and Braden Maxwell

Friday, February 26, 2016, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Robert Doran (Assoc. Prof. of French and Comparative Lit., University of Rochester): “Sublimity in Music”

Friday, February 19, 2016, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • MTSNYS presentations by Joseph Siu, Sam Bivens, Catrina Kim, and Derek Remes

Friday, February 12, 2016, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Edward Klorman (Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Viola, Queen’s College and CUNY Graduate Center): “Koch and Momigny: Theorists of Multiple Agency?”

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 8:00pm, Kilbourn Hall

  • Concert: “Music of Robert Morris,” Faculty Artist Series: Robert Morris, composer with with special guests:
    Darrett Adkins, cello; Brian Alegant, piano; Daphne Leong, piano;
    The Irrera Brothers, violin and piano duo

Friday, January 22, 2016, 3:30pm, Room ESM 305

  • Daphne Leong (Assoc. Professor and Chair of the Theory and Composition Department, University of Colorado at Boulder): “Analysis as Communication: What role do theorists play in the wider world?”
  • “Brian Alegant (Barker Professor and Director of the Music Theory Division, Oberlin College-Conservatory): “On Performing Robert Morris’s Scraps (1997).”

Friday, January 29, 2016, 3:30pm (time subject to change), Room ESM 305

  • Eastman Theory Interview Weekend: Meeting Prospective Theory Students, and Group Analysis

 

 


 

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