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Music Theory Department News, April 2011


Nathaniel Adam successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation in music theory, "Open Coding OK Computer: Categorization and Characterization of Disruptive Harmonic and Rhythmic Events in Rock Music," this April.  Dr. Adam recently presented findings from his dissertation to the Michigan Interdisciplinary Music Society conference.

Haley Beverburg Reale, Ph.D. candidate in music theory, will present her paper on Fiona Apple's "Extraordinary Machine" to the New England Conference of Music Theorists this April, in addition to her delivery of the same paper at MTMW this May (see March, 2011, news below).  She will also be presenting her work on Apple to the Dana Research Society at Youngstown State University this spring.

Karen Fournier, Assistant Professor of Music in Music Theory, has advised two D.M.A. students in Composition, David Biedenbender and Sam Richards, in preparing their paper, "Culture in Flux, Music Education as Constant: Reexamining Music Curricula in the 21st Century," which they are to present to the Toronto Music Graduate Student Association's symposium this May.

David Heetderks successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation in music theory, "Transformed Triadic Networks: Hearing Harmonic Closure in Prokofiev, Copland, and Poulenc," this April.  Dr. Heetderks, an accomplished composer as well as theorist, has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music beginning this fall.

Wayne Petty, Associate Professor of Music in Music Theory, has just returned from Minneapolis, where he served as a member of the Society for Music Theory's Program Committee, helping determine the events at the Society's meeting in that city this coming October.  He will be presenting his paper, "'A Plan According to the Peculiarity of the Subject': Czerny's Advice on the Development Section and its Application to Haydn" at the Seventh Music Analysis Conference in Rome, October, 2011.

Michigan alumnus Jonathan Pieslak (Ph.D. in music theory, 2003), Associate Professor of Music at the City College of the City University of New York, has been awarded a Fellowship with the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.  The award will provide Prof. Pieslak with a year of released time to conduct research on his project, "Systematic Distortion: The Music of Indoctrination and Propaganda in Extremist Cultures."

Ramon Satyendra, Associate Professor of Music in Music Theory, is to receive the Merten M. Hasse Prize in Mathematics, which is to be conferred this August in the Lexington, KY, meeting of the Mathematical Association of America.  The award is given in recognition of the article, "Musical Actions of Dihedral Groups" (American Mathematical Monthly, June / July 2009), which Prof. Satyendra co-authored with Alissa S. Crans of Loyola Marymount University and Thomas M. Fiore of the University of Michigan—Dearborn.

Jeffrey Swinkin, Ph.D. pre-candidate in music theory, has had an article accepted by Current Musicology. It is entitled "Emotional Specificity in Classic-Romantic Music" and is slated to appear in issue no. 90.

Aleksandra Vojcic, Assistant Professor of Music in Music Theory, has just returned from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she presented her paper, "Time-Space and the Opening Up of Closed Rhythmic Processes," at the West Coast Conference of Theory and Analysis.

Evan Ware, Ph.D. candidate in Music Theory and Composition, has been funded with $6,000 in summer support from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies to assist the research of Walter Everett, Professor of Music in Music Theory.

past news

November 2015
October 2014

Anisha Nandi, from The Michigan Daily, sat down with professor Michael Gould to talk about his "Remember Me" show. The video can be seen on the Michigan Daily website.   10/01/2014

July 2014

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Dance, Peter Sparling is a recipient of a Distinguished University Professorship. Effective September 1, Sparling will be a Rudolf Arnheim Distinguished University Professor. This appointment is one of the highest honors the University can bestow upon a faculty member.   07/18/2014

Professor Patricia Hall will be presenting her paper, "Alban Berg's 'Guilt' by Association to the Music, Censorship and Meaning in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union conference at the Colburn School in Los Angeles this August.   07/12/2014

April 2014

Prof. Ed Sarath Receives U-M's "Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award" 04/21/2014

Professor Kuster Wins Prestigious OPERA America Grant 04/04/2014

Professor Mukherji to Speak in London this July 04/04/2014

Áine Heneghan, Assistant Professor of Music Theory, will present her research on Schoenberg's Formenlehre at the following conferences, all in 2014: Music Theory Midwest (Appleton, WI), the Eighteenth Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music (Toronto, Canada), EuroMAC (Leuven, Belgium), and the annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory (Milwaukee).   04/01/2014

March 2014

U-M UpstART Festival Begins 03/31/2014

A Multimedia Installation on Climate Change 03/28/2014

Wayne Petty, Associate Professor of Music Theory, will read his paper, "Some Multimovement Designs in C. P. E. Bach's Late Keyboard Sonatas" at the Seventh EuroMac conference, which will gather scholars from all music theory societies in Europe in Leuven, Belgium, from 17 to 21 September, 2014.  An adaptation of the paper will be presented to the Society for Music Theory in Milwaukee in the Fall of 2014.   03/26/2014

Walter Everett, Professor of Music Theory, announces the publication of Los Beatles como músicos: De Revolver de la Antología (Buenos Aires: Eterna Cadencia, 2013), the Spanish translation of his The Beatles as Musicians: Revolver through the Anthology (Oxford University Press, 1999).   03/21/2014

Celebration of Professor George Shirley's 80th Birthday 03/19/2014

Prof. Korsyn presents keynote in The Hague, serves in scholarly appointments 03/14/2014

December 2013

In January 2014 Professor Wayne Petty will read the paper, "Wilhelm Fischer and the Fortspinnung-type Sonata Exposition," at the Seventh International Conference on Music Theory in Tallin and Pärnu, Estonia.  The conference theme is "Musical Form: Mapping the Territories."   12/17/2013

AmeriGrove II, edited by Professor Charles Garrett, is published 12/13/2013

November 2013

Gosman Presents Beethoven Research 11/16/2013

Department of Music Theory Announces Visiting Speakers of 2014 11/16/2013

Everett Launches Beatles Observances 11/16/2013

Interarts professor Holly Hughes presents The Dog and Pony Show (Bring Your Own Pony) in a webcast performance at the Chicago Humanities Festival on Mon., Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Her newest performance work, the piece offers a poetic and comic meditation on midlife crises in the key of canine.   11/01/2013

September 2013

SMTD Welcomes New Faculty 09/27/2013

Ramon Satyendra, associate professor of music theory, has published his essay, "Morphisms of Generalized Interval Systems and PR-Groups" (co-authored with Thomas Fiore and Thomas Noll), in Journal of Mathematics and Music 7/1.   09/20/2013

Alan Gosman Co-authors New Beethoven Book 09/06/2013

July 2013

Professor Ashley Lucas and three Theatre & Drama students are engaged in an intensive exchange program with UniRio in Rio de Janiero, Brazil this summer, where they are blogging about their experiences in UniRio's prison arts program and more.   07/12/2013

June 2013

SMTD Mourns Professor Emeritus Erling Bengtsson 06/10/2013

Holly Hughes, professor of interarts performance in the Department of Theatre & Drama, was profiled in Hyperallergic, an online magazine about art and culture, which included a Q&A with Hughes about her role as one of the "NEA Four."   06/06/2013

Music theory professor Walter Everett's role as an expert on the music of the Beatles was the subject of an article in      06/06/2013

Hall presents in Copenhagen 06/03/2013

May 2013

Robert Hurst, associate professor of jazz and contemporary improvisation, was featured in a Q&A article in on the occasion of the release of his new CD, BOB: a palindrome.   05/01/2013

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