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Society for Music Theory, Twenty-Sixth Annual Meeting
Madison, WI, November 2003

The Program Committee for the November 2003 meeting of SMT in Madison, 
Wisconsin, is pleased to announce that Janet Schmalfeldt will present next 
fall's keynote address.

I would like to take this opportunity to present once again the call for
papers for the Madison conference.  Note the January 15 postmark deadline
as well as other important details below.  I would also like to emphasize
that the Program Committee welcomes proposals for special sessions and
events of unusual format; please contact me at if any
questions arise in preparation of proposals.

Society for Music Theory  Final 2003 Call for Papers

The 26th Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory will be held in
Madison, Wisconsin, from Wednesday, November 5, to Sunday, November 9,
2003.  Proposals on any topic related to music theory are welcome.  
Proposals for papers, poster sessions, and special sessions must conform
to the following guidelines.

Submissions for papers must include:

1) A proposal of no more than three pages--including footnotes--
double-spaced and using a 12-point font.  Proposals will be read for
clarity, originality, and appropriateness for oral presentation.  
Although there is no single correct format, the Program Committee will
look favorably on proposals that include a clear statement of the paper's
original contribution to scholarship in relation to prior research and
specific evidence of results, illustrated by musical examples or diagrams
where possible.  Supplementary materials such as musical examples,
diagrams, and bibliographies should be made as concise as possible but
will not be counted in the page limit.

2) Seven copies of the proposal must be submitted if sent by post; a
single file will suffice if sent electronically (see instructions under
"Additional Guidelines" below).  The proposal should include the title of
the paper but exclude the author's name and any other identifying

3) Two copies of an abstract of approximately 200 words, suitable for pu
blication in the conference program.  Of the two copies, one should be
mailed with the paper proposal and the other sent electronically via
e-mail to  If the full proposal is submitted
electronically, then only one abstract file is needed.  The filename of
the electronic copy should be [yourlastname.ab.smt].  The Program
Committee reserves the right to edit abstracts.

4) A cover letter listing the title of the paper and the name, address,
telephone number, and e-mail address, as well as the rank and
institutional affiliation (if any) of the author.  Since cover letters
will not be seen by the committee until consideration of the proposals has
been completed, do not confine to the cover letter any information
essential to the committee's deliberations.

5) A listing, on a separate page, of all required equipment (such as a
piano, overhead, CD player, cassette deck, etc.) other than a
public-address system, which will be provided to all presenters.  The
Society cannot provide computers for presentations, but will arrange LCD
display and cables if requested in advance.  Presenters who need computers
should plan to provide their own laptops.

Poster Sessions
Proposals for poster sessions should follow the guidelines for the
submission of papers.

Special Sessions
Proposals for special sessions and events of unusual format (such as
analysis symposia) are welcomed.  New this year: Individual proposals
within the special session proposal should follow the guidelines for paper
proposals, including the requirement of author's anonymity, with names and
identifying information revealed only in the cover letter.  In addition,
an introductory page should explain why the papers are being submitted as
a special session.  A cover letter should include all identifying
information as given under #4 above.  Proposals should be as precise as
possible with regard to space and time required, format, and equipment
needed.  Sessions requiring special equipment or special invited speakers
must itemize those requirements and will be accepted contingent on the
cost being reasonable.  Invited speakers or panelists will be expected to
pay a non-member registration fee unless the organizers request a waiver
from the Executive Board following acceptance of their session (and before
the conference begins).

Note that special sessions must be "special" in that they could not be put
together by the program committee.  A group of individual papers or
presentations on a given topic does not necessarily constitute a special
session.  Instead, such papers should be proposed separately with a
recommendation that, if accepted, they be placed together in an individual
session.  The program committee reserves the right to consider each paper
in a special session proposal as an individual submission and program
accordingly, with or without the balance of papers from that proposed

Additional guidelines

Papers previously published or presented at other national/international
conferences will not be considered.  All presenters at an SMT session must
either be members of the Society in good standing and register for the
conference, pr pay the non-member registration fee.  Exceptions to this
policy must be requested in advance of the conference, and will be granted
only by action of the Executive Board.  Most papers will be placed in
45-minute time slots, with about 30 minutes for reading and 15 minutes for
response or discussion.  The committee may request that favorably received
submissions for papers be presented as poster sessions.  An individual may
submit no more than one paper proposal; however, an individual may present
a paper and participate in a special session as chair or respondent only.  
Submissions may be made either in hard copy or electronically.  
Electronic submissions are to be made in either MS Word or pdf format and
sent as an e-mail attachment to  The filename of the
electronic copy should be [yourlastname.prop.smt].  Send proposals to

Victoria Long
Society for Music Theory
c/o Department of Music
University of Chicago
1010 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL  60637, USA.

Those concerned about timely receipt should send proposals by overnight or
registered mail if not by e-mail.

Postmark Deadline:  January 15, 2003

Program Committee: Jonathan Bernard (University of Washington, Seattle),
Norman Carey (Eastman School of Music), John Covach (University of North
Carolina, Chapel Hill), Walter Everett (University of Michigan; Chair),
Elizabeth West Marvin (Eastman School of Music; ex officio), and Lawrence
Zbikowski (University of Chicago).

Walter T. Everett
Associate Professor of Music (Theory)
University of Michigan School of Music
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-2085, USA

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