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Julian Hook Stanley V. Kleppinger Gretchen C. Foley
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music 227 Westbrook Music Building 230 Westbrook Music Building
1201 East Third Street University of Nebraska–Lincoln University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7006 Lincoln, NE 68588-0100 Lincoln, NE 68588-0100

Spring 2011 Newsletter

2011 Conference
We extend our warmest invitation to attend Music Theory Midwest’s twenty-second annual conference to
be held May 13–14, 2011 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The conference program is enclosed.
Thanks go to Scott Murphy (University of Kansas), who chaired the program committee, and to its other
members: Benjamin Anderson (Northwestern University); Jennifer Iverson (University of Iowa); Elizabeth
Margulis (University of Arkansas); Michael Oravitz (Ball State University); Aleksandra Vojcic (University
of Michigan); and Julian Hook (Indiana University), ex officio (as MTMW President).
Stan Kleppinger (University of Nebraska–Lincoln), our chair of local arrangements for this conference, is
delighted to welcome everyone to Lincoln. Our sessions will be held in Westbrook Music Building,
conveniently located on the southwest corner of campus adjoining downtown Lincoln.
This year’s keynote address, “Music, Gesture, and Musical Grammar,” will be delivered by Lawrence
Zbikowski (University of Chicago). An abstract follows.
There has been a fairly long tradition of correlating physical gestures—the sort of movements we
make as either a supplement or an accompaniment to speaking—with music. Over the last ten
years or so a number of researchers, building on recent advances in technologies for capturing
motion and on theoretical perspectives that place a greater emphasis on the role of the body in
human cognitive processes, have shown that there are indeed a number of ways music and gesture
connect with one another. In this paper I would like to explore what relationships between music
and gesture might tell us about some of the basic features of musical organization, taking the view
that work on gesture can make a significant contribution to our understanding of musical
The evening before the conference begins, UNL will also host MTMW’s inaugural Pre-Conference
Workshop, titled “Theorizing Musical Affect” and led by Arnie Cox (Oberlin College and Conservatory).
We’re pleased to announce that this first workshop is full to capacity with fifte`en students and faculty.
Lincoln’s airport (LNK) is served by Delta and United airlines with arrivals from Minneapolis, Chicago,
and Denver. Lincoln is a one-hour drive from Omaha (OMALiNK can provide ground transportation
from the Omaha airport—visit and about three hours from Kansas City.
Music Theory Midwest has contracted with Embassy Suites in Lincoln to provide reduced rates to our
members. Rates are $114/night for single or double occupancy and $124/night for triple or quadruple
occupancy, plus 16.48% in total taxes. (Each “room” is a two-room suite that includes a microwave,
refrigerator, coffee maker, desk, and pull-out sofa.) These rates include complimentary cooked-to-order
breakfasts and complimentary cocktails each evening between 5:30–7:30. To make your reservation,
please call 402.474.1111 and identify yourself as a member of Music Theory Midwest, or visit, using the code THE for the group/convention code. Reservations should
be made on or before April 21 to guarantee room and rate availability.


Leigh VanHandel (Michigan State University) Mitch Ohriner (Indiana University)
Kyle Adams (Indiana University) Haley Beverburg Reale (University of Michigan)
Robert Cook (University of Iowa)
Sarah Reichardt (University of Oklahoma)
David Loberg Code (Western Michigan University)
The Embassy is across the street from Westbrook Music Building and in the heart of historic downtown
Lincoln. Restaurants, local bookstores and galleries, and other attractions are within easy walking
distance. The hotel provides free shuttle transportation to and from the Lincoln airport (call the Embassy
at 402.474.1111 to schedule pick-up, or use the courtesy phone near baggage claim at the airport), so
those traveling by air and staying at the Embassy should have no need to rent a car.
Downtown Lincoln features a variety of locally owned restaurants. Local favorites include the Blue
Orchid (Thai), Misty’s Steakhouse (what else in Nebraska?), The Oven (Indian), Vincenzo’s (Italian),
Lazlo’s Brewery and Grill, and Dish (finer dining with “classic favorites”). Dozens of other eating options
and coffeehouses can be found within walking distance of the conference site.
On Saturday, the conference will conclude with our traditional banquet at the Green Gateau, home to
Lincoln’s finest in casual dining. The Green Gateau is about four blocks from the Embassy; courtesy
transportation from the hotel will be arranged for those who may need it. Cost for the banquet is $25
(discounted to $20 for our student members). Participants may choose among three entrees (all of which
Stan can vouch for!): beer-braised pot roast, chicken caprese, and manicotti rosa (vegetarian).
For interested participants, a tour of UNL’s Sheldon Museum of Art will be arranged. The Sheldon’s
collection of American art includes prominent holdings of nineteenth-century landscape and still life,
American impressionism, early modernism, geometric abstraction, abstract expressionism, pop,
minimalism, and contemporary art. The fine arts quadrangle hosts a 30-piece sculpture garden, and the
entire UNL campus is a beautiful place to walk in May.
Much more about the conference will be available at the MTMW web site in the weeks to come,
including interactive maps, online registration, parking information, and links of interest.

2011 Membership
You may begin or renew your membership in MTMW as you complete the conference registration form
enclosed with this newsletter. (If you cannot attend the conference but wish to maintain your membership
for 2011, simply complete the relevant portions of the registration form.) Annual dues are $20 for regular
membership, $30 for joint membership, $15 for emeritus membership, and $10 for student membership.
Donations to the Arthur J. Komar Student Award are always welcome. Please renew soon to ensure
the continued financial health of our organization and to be eligible to vote in the elections.

During 2011, the terms of President, Treasurer, Area I Representative, Area III Representative, and
Student Representative for Areas II and IV will expire. The Nominations Committee has prepared a slate
of candidates to fill these positions; biographies of the candidates are enclosed. Members of MTMW are
encouraged to participate in elections in one of two ways:
• You may vote online at the Music Theory Midwest web site: (Follow the link for “Online Elections.”)
• Current and recent members will find a ballot attached to this newsletter. Complete it and mail it to
Music Theory Midwest Elections c/o Stan Kleppinger, secretary; 227 Westbrook Music Building;
University of Nebraska–Lincoln; Lincoln, NE 68588-0100. Please include a return address.
Ballots must be postmarked by May 1. You must be a current member of MTMW to participate
in elections. Renewing your membership by May 1 will allow your vote to be counted.
Many thanks go to Robert Cook (University of Iowa) for chairing the Nominations Committee and Anna
Gawboy (Ohio State University) for her assistance in assembling this slate of nominees.
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We cordially invite members of Music Theory Midwest to cast votes for the 2011 Executive Board
candidates. Please see the enclosed ballot and voting instructions.

Candidates for PRESIDENT

Leigh VanHandel is Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Cognitive Science at Michigan State
University. Her primary research interests are computer applications in music research and pedagogy,
music perception & cognition, music theory pedagogy, and the relationship between language and music.
She received a Bachelor of Music from the Ohio State University, a Master of Music from SUNY
Stony Brook, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. She has held appointments at the University of
Oregon and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has presented at numerous regional,
national, and international conferences and has been published in Music Perception, Empirical Musicology
Review, and the Journal for New Music Research.
Leigh has been active in both the national SMT and the regional groups; she served as SMT’s
Web Goddess for five years, and also served on the Committee on the Status of Women and the
Networking Committee. While at the University of Oregon, she served as the Secretary/Treasurer for the
WCCMTA from 2002–2005, and also served on the Nominating Committee. She was elected to the
Executive Board for MTMW in 2009 as Area I Representative, and is currently on the MTMW
Publications Committee. She is active as a bassoonist, or at least as active as a bassoonist can be.

Scott Murphy is Associate Professor of Music Theory at the University of Kansas. He has won awards
for both teaching and research, including the 2009 Emerging Scholar Award from SMT and the Edwin
Shutz Excellence in Teaching Award, awarded to one KU professor annually. His research on film
music, meter, Brahms, Ives, Bartók, and Penderecki is in Music Analysis, Journal of Music Theory, Perspectives
of New Music, Music Theory Online, twentieth-century music, in two film-music books from Equinox, and
upcoming in the Oxford Handbook of Music in Film and Visual Media. He has been active in MTMW as
presenter (1997, 2004, 2006), as session chair (2009), and on committees for nominating (2004), Komar
(2004, chair 2009), and program (2007, chair 2011).

Candidates for TREASURER

Karl Braunschweig (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1997) is currently Associate Professor of Music
Theory at Wayne State University. He specializes in new approaches to the history of theory, and in
several unique intersections of history, theory, and aesthetics in tonal music. His articles and review essays
have appeared in Music Theory Spectrum, the Journal of Music Theory, Acta Musicologica, Theory and Practice, and
Intégral, and he has presented papers at numerous conferences (including SMT, IMS, MTMW, and
MTSNYS). He has served MTMW as an area representative and as a program committee member, and
is currently serving on the SMT Publication Awards Committee and on the editorial board of Intégral.
Additionally, he has been a Fellow at two sessions of the Mannes Institute: history of theory (2002) and
aesthetics (2010). He is currently working on a long-term book project, which envisions a new theoretical
approach to tonal melody and form based upon historical practices of signification, and includes aspects of
rhetoric, metaphor/trope, and semiotics.

Nora Engebretsen (Ph.D., University at Buffalo, SUNY) is Associate Professor of Music Theory and
Assistant to the Dean at Bowling Green State University, where she has taught since fall 2001. Her work
has appeared in Music Theory Spectrum, Theoria, The Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, and collections
published by the University of Rochester Press and Stockholm University Press, and will soon appear in
the Oxford Handbook of Neo-Riemannian Music Theories. She has served MTMW as a member of the program
committee for the 2007 meeting in Lawrence, as co-chair of local arrangements for the 2008 meeting in
Bowling Green, and as chair of the nominating committee in spring 2009. She has served on the Society
for Music Theory’s networking and publications committees, on the SMT program committee for the
2006 joint meeting, and most recently as a member of the editorial board for Music Theory Online.
Michael Baker is Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the University of Kentucky, where he teaches
courses on Schenkerian theory and analysis, harmony and voice leading, solfège and aural skills, text-
music relationships in Romantic German song, and the analysis of musical form. He has read papers at
several regional and international conferences, including conferences in Dublin, Belfast, Amsterdam,
Paris, and Belgrade. His articles appear in the journals College Music Symposium, Indiana Theory Review, Theory
and Practice, and the Dutch Journal of Music Theory. He holds a Ph.D. from the Indiana University Jacobs
School of Music.

Anna Gawboy is Assistant Professor of Music Theory at Ohio State University. She holds a Ph.D in
music theory from Yale University and master’s degrees from Yale and the University of Oklahoma. Her
research explores the intersection of music theory, cultural history, and musical performance. In 2010, she
collaborated with the Yale Symphony Orchestra and lighting designer Justin Townsend to produce a new
staging of Alexander Scriabin’s Prometheus: Poem of Fire based on her dissertation research. She has
presented papers at international, national and regional conferences, including the Society for Music
Theory annual meeting, Music Theory Midwest, New England Conference of Music Theorists, and an
interdisciplinary conference in Liverpool, U.K. Her article, “The Wheatstone Concertina and
Symmetrical Arrangements of Tonal Space,” appeared in the Fall 2009 issue of the Journal of Music
Theory. As a concertinist, she performs Finnish and French-Canadian music in several folk music
ensembles based in Michigan’s upper peninsula.

David Castro earned the Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Oregon and spent three years as
an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is currently in his third year as an
Assistant Professor at St. Olaf College. Castro’s research has focused on form and pitch structure in the
music of Shostakovich, though his most recent project is an analysis of pitch structure in two early, serial
works by Arvo Pärt, Perpetuum mobile and Symphony No. 2. Castro has read papers on Shostakovich and
Pärt at numerous conferences in the U.S. and in the U.K. In addition, Castro was once very active in the
Texas Society for Music Theory, having served on the program committee for the 2006 meeting and as
local arrangements coordinator for the 2007 meeting.

Jennifer Iverson is Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the University of Iowa. She earned her Ph.D.
from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009. Her research focuses on the Darmstadt school and the
shared discourses underlying the post-war European avant-garde. She has twice visited the Paul Sacher
Foundation in Basel on fellowship. She also maintains research interests in disability studies, cognition,
and Charles Ives’s music. She has recently been published in the Mitteilungen der Paul Sacher Stiftung, in the
edited collection Sounding Off: Theorizing Disability in Music, and in twentieth-century music (forthcoming). She
has also presented papers at numerous regional and national conferences, including national meetings of
the AMS and SMT. Jennifer currently serves the SMT as a member of the ad hoc disabilities issues
committee, and served on the program committee for MTMW in 2011.
(IL, IN, WI; AR, KS, MO, OK, TN)
Mark Chilla is a Ph.D. student in music theory at Indiana University, where he teaches courses in music
theory, literature, and aural skills as an Associate Instructor. He received his master’s in music theory also
at Indiana, and has a bachelor’s in music theory and voice from the University of Georgia. His current
research interests include style and meaning in various genres of popular music, including 1960s rock
music, the blues, and hip-hop. He presented a paper on topic theory and the Beatles at the 2010 MTMW
conference in Oxford, OH, and is presenting a paper on B.B. King at this year’s conference in Lincoln,

Olga Sanchez Kisielewska is a master’s student in music theory at Northwestern University, where
she will start the Ph.D. in music theory and cognition next fall. She holds degrees in clarinet (B.M.) and
Musicology (M.A.) from Spanish universities. Before starting her graduate studies at Northwestern she
lived in Madrid and her activities included performance and teaching. She has been academic secretary
and lecturer of the summer courses in music analysis of the International University Menendez Pelayo.
Her current research interests are musical meaning, music and emotion and aesthetics and she specializes
in classical and early twentieth-century music.
May 13–14, 2011, University of Nebraska–Lincoln


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Saturday Banquet $__________
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Select one entrée for each person:
_____ Beer-Braised Pot Roast _____ Chicken Caprese _____ Manicotti Rosa (vegetarian)

MTMW Membership (required of all attending the conference)*

! Joint (two members, one address) - $30
! Regular - $20
! Emeritus - $15
! Student - $10 $__________
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230 Westbrook Music Building, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588-0100
We cordially invite members of Music Theory Midwest to cast votes for the 2011
Executive Board candidates. Please see the enclosed candidate biographies as well.


(All terms of office are two years, beginning July 2011. Members may cast
votes for all area representative and student representative positions, not
only those in the members’ own geographic regions.)
(Vote for one)
___ Scott Murphy ___ Leigh VanHandel

(Vote for one)
___ Karl Braunschweig ___ Nora Engebretsen

Area I Representative (KY, MI, OH)

(Vote for one)
___ Michael Baker ___ Anna Gawboy

Area III Representative (IA, MN, NE, ND, SD)

(Vote for one)
___ David Castro ___ Jennifer Iverson

Areas II & IV Student Representative

(IL, IN, WI; AR, KS, MO, OK, TN)
(Vote for one)
___ Mark Chilla ___ Olga Sanchez Kisielewska

Members of Music Theory Midwest may vote in either of two ways:

• You may complete the ballot on this page and mail it (with a return address on the
envelope) to:
Music Theory Midwest Elections
c/o Stan Kleppinger, secretary
227 Westbrook Music Building
University of Nebraska–Lincoln 68588-0100
• You may vote online at the Music Theory Midwest web site:
…follow the link for “Online Elections.”

All ballots must be postmarked on or before May 1, 2011.