Conference 2017

Rutgers University Musicological Society (RUMS) 3rd Annual Graduate Student Conference: April 9th, 2017


The third annual Rutgers University Musicological Society Graduate Student Conference will take place on Sunday, April 9th, 2017 from 11am to 8pm, at Rutgers University in New Brun
swick, NJ. The conference provides a platform for graduate students in various sub-disciplines, including but not limited to musicology, music theory, and ethnomusicology, to exchange ideas and present original research. 
Admission is free and open to the public. 

Meet Our Keynote Speaker: Dr. Brian Moseley

Dr. Brian Moseley Music Theory Rutgers

We are excited to announce our keynote speaker, Dr. Brian Moseley. Dr. MoseleyAssistant Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, researches how composers organize musical space. His work centers especially on map-like, spatial representations of twentieth-century music and music theories, comprising a kind of musical "cartography." Dr. Moseley is also the co-author of Open Music Theory, an open-source, interactive, online "text"book for college-level music theory courses. He currently serves as webmaster for the Society for Music Theory and is co-editor of the journal Theory and Practice. Dr. Moseley will present his keynote address titled: Finding Nature in Webern and Saariaho; or Musical Mapping and Modern Music (With Exercises for Ear Training) at 5:30 PM on Sunday, April 9th, 2017. Click here to view the abstract. 

RUMS 2017 Conference Program 

Registration & Breakfast (10:00 - 10:30 AM)

Opening Remarks (10:30 - 10:45 AM)

Session 1: American Music, moderated by Jasmine Henry (10:45AM - 1:00 PM)
H. Lawrence Freeman's Voodoo: Towards an Aestheics of “Negro Grand Opera" - Sean Colonna
New York Jewish Response to Richard Strauss' Salome - Samantha Cooper
Maximizing Intelligibility of English Language Text Setting - David Wolfson
#genre Reconsidering Popular Music Categorization - Tom Johnson
Click here to view the Session 1 Abstracts

Lunch (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM)

Session 2: Philosophical & Metaphysical Aspects of Music, moderated by Martha Sullivan (2:00 - 3:30 PM)
Sound, Sense, and Allegory in Hontohort’s Music Pictures, 1616–1631 - Chad Fothergill
Fellow-Feeling Enlightenment Ideas of Sympathy and Morality and Their Relationship to Musical Arrangements - Michael Goetjen
Musicology as Mysteriology: Jankélévitch and Brelet in Post-WWII France - Benjamin McBrayer
Click here to view the Session 2 Abstracts

Session 3: Mapping Musical Spaces, moderated by Sean Smither (3:45 - 5:15 PM)
The Sense of a Beginning: Late Stage Revision and Introductory Material in the Autograph Manuscript of the Scherzo of Beethoven's String Quartet in E-flat major, op. 127 - Lucy Turner
Expressive Transformation of the Cross Motive in Liszt's Sonata in B minor - Yumi Kim
Scenes From an Indigenous City: Music and Lebou Space in Dakar’s Médina - Brendan Kibbee
Click hereto view the Session 3 Abstracts

Keynote Address by Dr. Brian Moseley (5:30 - 6:30 PM)


Dinner Reception (6:30 PM)

Directions & Parking 

The conference will take place in Richard H. Shindell Choral Hall, Mortensen Hall, 85 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Parking is available in the Douglass Parking Deck. To get from the parking deck to Mortensen Hall, follow these directions:

1. Walk out of the parking deck toward George Street
2. Turn right and follow the path that runs parallel to George Street
3. Turn left onto the large concrete bridge that crosses over George Street
4. Walk to the right of the buildings in front of you (Hickman Hall) and continue straight until you reach the Bettenbender Plaza traffic circle
5. Walk around the traffic circle; Mortensen Hall will be directly in front of you

For a map of the area around the conference venue, please see the Conference Map