Music Theory

20th Annual IU GTA Symposium Schedule
Friday and Saturday, February 21 and 22, 2014
 Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University

Hosted by the Graduate Theory Association of Indiana University

For more information, please contact Jason Jedlicka (

All rooms and halls (indicated by brackets) are located within the Simon Music Library & Recital Center


Friday, February 21

1:00–2:00 pm             Registration [Simon Building, 2nd floor]

Afternoon Sessions

2:30 – 5:30 pm           Workshop with Andrew Mead (Indiana University) [M267]

“Thinking About Pitch and Rhythm in the Music of Elliott Carter” (Observers are welcome)

5:30 – 7:30 pm           Dinner Break

Evening Sessions

7:30 – 7:45 pm           Welcome and Opening Remarks [Ford-Crawford Hall]

Jason Jedlicka, President, Graduate Theory Association

Gwyn Richards, Dean, IU Jacobs School of Music

7:45 – 8:45 pm           Featured Presentation I [Ford-Crawford Hall]

Alyssa Barna, Chair

Christopher Brody (Indiana University): “Parametric Interaction in Tonal Repertoires: A Meta-Theory of Form and Structure”

8:45 – 10:30 pm         Opening Reception at the IMU State Room East

Saturday, February 22

8:15 – 9:15 am           Breakfast Reception, Simon Building, 2nd floor

Morning Sessions

9:15 – 10:15 am         Rameau [M242] 

Matthew Boyle, Chair

Steve Grazzini (Indiana University): “In Defense of Rameau’s Theory of Supposition”

Abigail Shupe (University of Western Ontario): “Rameau, Voltaire, Castel, and the Stakes of Enlightenment Music Theory”

10:15 – 10:30 am       Break

10:30 – 12:00 pm       The Two “Bs”—Beethoven and Brahms [M242]

Thomas Craig Duke, Chair

Joseph Fort (Harvard University): “Metrical Dissonance in the Finale of Beethoven’s String Quartet in E-flat, Op. 74”     

Jayme Wagner (University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music): “Rhythmic and Metric Dissonance in Brahms’s Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52”

Ryan Taycher (Indiana University): “Schenker, Brahms, and the Phrygian ^2”

12:00 – 2:00 pm         Lunch Break

Afternoon Sessions

2:00 – 3:00 pm           Sonata Studies [M242]

Knar Abrahamyan, Chair

Nathan Pell (Mannes College of Music): “Key Profiles in Bruckner’s Symphonic Expositions: ‘Ein Potpurri von Exaltationen?’”

Kaleb Delk (Florida State University): “Metamorphic Anachronism and Teleological ‘Sonata-ness’ in Berg’s Piano Sonata, Op. 1”      

3:00 – 3:15 pm           Break

3:15 – 4:15 pm           Methodological Issues [Ford-Crawford Hall]

Nathan Blustein, Chair

Benjamin Geyer (University of Kentucky): “All Things Being Equal: The Problem of Reduction in Second Practice Jazz”

Calvin Peck (Indiana University): “Concerning the Limits of Aural Skills Pedagogy”

4:15 – 4:30 pm           Break

4:30 – 5:30 pm           Featured Presentation II [Ford-Crawford Hall]

Devin Chaloux, Chair

Julian Hook (Indiana University): “Generic Sequences and the Generic Tonnetz

5:30 – 7:30 pm           Dinner Break

Evening Sessions

7:30 – 9:00 pm           Keynote Address [Ford-Crawford Hall] 

Jason Jedlicka, Chair

Andrew Mead (Indiana University): “Fuzzy Edges: Notes on Musical Interaction in the Music of Elliott Carter”

9:30 – 11:00 pm         Closing Reception at The Irish Lion