Music Theory


Music Theory Colloquium Series (2016-17)

This page lists colloquium series events for the year 2016–17. See current colloquium series events here.
All events are on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. in M 267 unless otherwise noted.
Fall 2016 Events

September 7
Jessica Sommer
 (Indiana University), “Music Making: An Embodied Process”  

September 21
Leah Frederick
 (Indiana University), “Generic (Mod-7) Voice-Leading Spaces"  

October 5
Bryan Christian (University of Northern Colorado; Colorado State University), “Searching for the Unknown in Combination-Tone Class Set Analysis: A Closer Look at Claude Vivier’s Glaubst du an die Unsterblichkeit der Seele”  

October 12
Nathan Beary Blustein (Indiana University), “Playwriting in Song: ‘Reprise Types’ in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd”  

Monday, October 17 (4:05 p.m., MU 205)
Mike Cheng-Yu Lee (Indiana University), “Webern and 'Early Music'”
(Colloquium offered jointly by the Historical Performance Institute and the Department of Music Theory

October 26
Gretchen Horlacher
 (Indiana University), “Movement in Music and Dance: A Neoclassical Collaboration for Orpheus”  

Monday, November 7 (5:00 p.m., Sweeney Lecture Hall, M 015)
Eric Clarke (Oxford University), “Music, Empathy, and Cultural Understanding”
(Five Friends Master Class Series Honoring Robert Samels)”  

Tuesday, November 8 (2:30–4:30 p.m., M 0340)
Eric Clarke (Oxford University), Workshop: “Music and Social Bonding: Issues and Methods”
Workshop participants will find materials at the Music Theory Colloquium Canvas site

November 9
Eric Clarke (Oxford University), "Music and Ecological Theory”  

December 7
Professional Development Session —
 The Straight Dope about Music Theory Conferences: An Unscripted Conversation with the Faculty  

Spring 2017 Events

February 1
Workshop led by Mike Cheng-Yu Lee (Indiana University): "The Philosophical Basis of Lewin's Transformational Theories, Part I"
Materials available at the Music Theory Colloquium Canvas Site

Monday, February 6 (5:00 p.m., Sweeney Hall M015)
Justin London
 (Carleton College), "What *Is* Musical Tempo?"
(Jacobs School of Music Lecture Series in affiliation with the Media School)

February 8
Workshop led by Mike Cheng-Yu Lee (Indiana University): "The Philosophical Basis of Lewin's Transformational Theories, Part II"
Materials available at the Music Theory Colloquium Canvas Site

February 22
Jessica Sommer (Indiana University), "'Grimes!': A Study of Melodic Quotation and Reference in the 'Mad' Scene of Peter Grimes"
Andrew Mead
 (Indiana University), "Lost in His Labyrinth:  Multiple Modes of Recurrence in the Operas of Benjamin Britten"

March 22
Aaron Sunstein (Indiana University), "Troping Zeitoper Topically in Schoenberg’s Von Heute auf Morgen"

March 29
Nathan Lam (Indiana University), "Melodic and Harmonic Centricities in Diatonic Modes"

April 5
James Webster (Cornell University), "Haydn's Sonata Theory"

April 19
Ellie Hisama (Columbia University), "'A Complex Dissonant Veil of Sound': Influence and Independence in Ruth Crawford’s Chants for Women’s Chorus (1930)”  

Thursday, April 20 (11:15 a.m.—1:00 p.m., JS 415)
Ellie Hisama (Columbia University), Workshop: "Diversity and Inclusion in the Music Theory Classroom​”
Space is limited; workshop participants should RSVP to Marianne Kielian-Gilbert  

Thursday, April 20 (4:30 p.m., Sweeney Hall M 015)
Ellie Hisama (Columbia University), "'Blackness in a White Void': Music in the Film Installations of Isaac Julien"
(Five Friends Master Class Series Honoring Robert Samels)  

April 26
Special Session on Beethoven, Piano Sonata, Op. 110
Mike Cheng-Yu Lee
 (Indiana University)
Frank Samarotto (Indiana University)



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