Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory

RMSMT is the professional society for music theorists serving the Rocky Mountain region, which covers the U.S. states of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, as well as the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Conference information

The 2017 Regional Music Scholars Conference, a joint meeting of the Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Musicological Society, and the Southwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology, was held at the University of Utah April 78, 2017. This year's keynote speaker was Michael Klein (Temple University), who gave a talk titled "Bodies in Motion: Musical Affect and the Pleasure of Excess." Click here for the 2017 Conference Schedule.

We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2017 Best Student Paper Award is Dale Tovar for his paper entitled "Berg's Romantic Rhetoric." Dale is a Master's student in Music Theory at the University of Oregon.

The 2018 Regional Music Scholars Conference will be held at the University of Arizona.



2016 RMSMT Schedule

2016 Best Student Paper: Jesse Kinne (University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music), "Temporalizing the Play of Recognition and Surprise in Boulez' Incises."

2015 Final Schedule and Abstracts

2015 Best Student Paper: Thomas W. Posen (University of New Mexico), "More than a Tritone: A Set Theoretic Analysis of Leonard Bernstein's 'The Rumble' from West Side Story (1957)," and Kristen Wallentinsen (University of Western Ontario), "Fuzzy Family Ties: An Examination of Familial Similarity between Contours of Variable Cardinality."

2014 Conference Schedule and RMSMT Abstracts

2014 Best Student Paper: Scott Schumann, "Distorted Topics in Stravinsky's Violin Concerto, Mvmt. 1 (1931)," and Gabriel Venegas, "Formal Reinterpretation in Schubert's Works for Piano Solo."

Contact Information

Michael Chikinda, President
Assistant Professor, Music Theory, University of Utah

David Bashwiner, President-Elect
Assistant Professor of Music Theory, University of New Mexico

Carissa Reddick, Webmaster
Associate Professor of Music Theory, University of Northern Colorado