Fall 2018 Meeting

Fall 2018 Meeting

Date: Saturday-Sunday, September 22-23, 2018
Location: Chicago, IL
Host Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago
Local Arrangements: Harris Saunders

Note: Chicago is in the Central Time Zone. The meeting will take place in the Education, Theatre, Music and Social Work building (ETMSW), room L241. To see a map (including location and parking information), click here.


Download the program as a pdf file here.

Download the paper abstracts as a pdf file here.

Saturday, September 22

8:30am-12:15pm Registration

9:00-11:00am Session 1: Opera in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Session chair: Keith Clifton (Central Michigan University)

David Rugger (Indianapolis, IN)
“Ambiguous Venice”: Falsettish Singing in Britten’s Final Opera

Nicholas Stevens (Cleveland, OH)
Singing Things: Magic and Speculative Realisms, Posthumanism, and “Postopera”

Larissa Irizarry (University of Pittsburgh)
Adriana Mater’s Construction of the Female Gaze: In Resistance of Rape Culture Scripts

Kelli Minelli (Case Western Reserve University)
Reaffirming Bess McNeil: Mysticism and Agency in Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves

11:00-11:15am Coffee and Refreshments

11:15am-12:15pm Session 2: Opera in the 18th and 19th Centuries
Session chair: Elinor Olin (Northern Illinois University)

Margaret Butler (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Constructing the Eighteenth-Century Diva: Caterina Gabrielli and the Persistence of Memory

Jonathan Spatola-Knoll (Alma College)
Schubert’s Rossini Complex

12:15-1:45pm Lunch

1:45-3:45pm Session 3: Music and Literary Landmarks of the 20th Century

Session chair: Jessica Payette (Oakland University)

Sarah Lucas (Drake University)
A New Source for Béla Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra

Sarah Kovich (Roosevelt University)
Trauma and the Implications of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Disability in Reconsidering the Eighth String Quartet

Natalie Farrell (Butler University / University of Chicago)
Composing “Love’s Old Sweet Song”: Musical Narrative in Ulysses’s “Sirens” Episode

Grace Pechianu (Northwestern University)
Thomas Mann’s Doktor Faustus and the Post-War Concerto

3:45-4:00pm Break

4:00-5:00pm Keynote Address

Session chair: Murray Steib (President, AMS-Midwest Chapter)

Thomas Christensen (University of Chicago)
Pathologies of Lateness in Fétis’s History of Tonality

5:00-6:00pm Business Meeting

Sunday, September 23

8:45-10:45am Session 4: American Musics

Session chair: Mary Paquette-Abt (Wayne State University)

Matthew Balensuela (DePauw University)
Singing the New Technology of Car Riding: Jitney Bus Songs, 1915–1916

Adriana Martinez (Eureka College)
Invented Roots and Far-Flung Branches: The Influence of the Seegers and the Lomaxes on American Popular Music

Emily Milius (Stephen F. Austin State University)
Musical Psychopathy in Libby Larsen’s “The Peculiar Case of H. H. Holmes”

Lisa Mumme (University of Iowa)
“Crazy About You”: Narrative Agency Through Onscreen Performance in Mad Max (1979)

10:45-11:00am Break

11:00am-12:30pm Session 5: Musical Intersections with Film, Visual Arts, and the Zoo

Session chair: Brian Hart (Northern Illinois University)

Peter Graff (Cleveland State University)
Themes, Backgrounds, and Bridges: A New Musical Language for Radio Drama

Alec Wood (Grinnell College)
From Baudelaire to Black Square: Convergences with Poetry and the Visual Arts in the Early Piano Works of Arthur Lourié

Nolan Vallier (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
“It’s all Happening at the Zoo”: Architectonics, Interspecies Communication, and Concerts at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Local Information

Meeting Location

The meeting will take place in the Education, Theatre, Music and Social Work building (ETMSW), room L241. The street address is

1040 W. Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607

To see a map (including location and parking information), click here.

If you plan to arrive by CTA, take the blue line to the UIC Halsted stop. There are 3 exits from the platform. Take the far west one which is Morgan Street.


There is an enclosed parking lot (Lot HRPS) on Harrison Street between Racine and Morgan Streets. There is an open air parking lot (Lot 1B) on the corner of Racine and Harrison Street (enter on Harrison heading east). To see a map (including location and parking information), click here. For complete information about parking, including the cost to park in these lots,click here. You can also try your luck at finding some free parking either north of Morgan around Jackson or Van Buren, just north of our building across the expressway on Tilden and Morgan, or south of Harrison on Racine.


The hotel nearest to the meeting location is the Crowne Plaza Chicago West Loop.

To see more options of nearby hotels with their Yelp reviews, click here.


Chicago offers a rich variety of eateries. For a list of nearby restaurants with their Yelp reviews, click here.

Joe Matson,
Sep 6, 2018, 12:27 PM
Joe Matson,
Sep 6, 2018, 12:27 PM