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32nd Annual Meeting, May 17–18, 2024

Department of Music, Claire Trevor School of the Arts

 University of California, Irvine

Friday, May 17

Registration and coffee, CAC 1st floor Conference Room;

all sessions CAC Colloquium Room

Pedagogy Session 1: Music and Media 12:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Chair: Stephan Hammel, University of California at Irvine

Woo Young-Woo: Autistic, Not a Child

Tiffany Ta, University of California, Santa Barbara

A Framework for Tangled Diegetic Hierarchies in Recorded and Cinematic Music

Ryan Galik, Michigan State University

Teaching Theory, Teaching Games: Video Game Music as a Pedagogical Asset

Holly Bergeron-Dumaine, University of British Columbia

Blocks and Tunes: The Role of Music in 3D Platformers

Hayden Harper, Florida State University

Coffee break 2:30–2:45 p.m.

Pedagogy Session 2: Time and Perception 2:45 p.m.- 4:45 p.m.

Chair: Stephen Hudson, Occidental College


A Typology of Multistable Phenomena in Minimalist Music

Kristen Wallentinsen, Rutgers University

Rhythm and Meter in Modernism: A Case Study in Sibelius’s Music

Heyner Rodriguez, University of Arizona

“All the Lonely Starbucks Lovers”: Prosodic Dissonance in Taylor Swift’s Discography

Alex Shannon, University of Indiana

Kate Soper’s “Voices from the Killing Jar:” an Exploration of Literature, Art Song, Perception, and Feminist Philosophy

Gabrielle Choma, University of Oregon

Coffee break 4:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Session 3, Jazz 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Chair: Isaac Otto Hayes, University of California at Irvine

Quote-Type Indicator: A Typology of Musical Borrowing in Jazz Improvisation

Collin Felter, University of California, Irvine

Ted Dunbar’s Theory of Tonal Convergence (1975) and the Emergence of Chord-Scale Theory

Dustin Chau, University of Chicago and University of Illinois, Chicago

Dinner break 6:00 p.m.


Saturday, May 18

Registration and coffee, 9:00 a.m.–9:15, CAC 3100A; PSC-AMS sessions

CAC Conference room, WCCMTA sessions CAC Colloquium room


Session 4, Form 9:30 a.m.- 11:00 p.m.

Chair: Jack Boss, University of Oregon

Musical Form and Development in Peking Opera Compared with Western Music

Bella Chen, University of Oregon

Pitch, Motive, and Non-Alignment in the Idiomatic Phrasing of Melodic Rap Verses

Devin Guerrero, Texas Tech University


Form Regimes in American Popular Music

Michael Dekovich, Loyola Marymount University

Coffee break 11:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

Session 5, Topic and Narrative 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Chair: Russell Knight, Scripps College and College of the Desert

Rage Against the Machine: Narratives of Resistance and Struggle in “Widerstehe doch der Sünde,” BWV 54/i

Owen Belcher, Conservatory of Music, UMKC

Mahler’s Hybridity Processes: Referential Interplay and Autonomous Themes in the Third Symphony

Gabrielle Vici, University of British Columbia

Facing It: Rupture and Trauma in Two Tape Compositions by Else Marie Pade

Laurel Parsons, University of British Columbia

Lunch break 12:24 p.m.-2: 15 p.m

Session 6, Instruments, Space, Notation 2:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

Chair: Evan Ware, California State Polytechnic University

Originality in Recycled Licks, and the Ontology and Ownership of Rock and Metal Guitar Solos

Stephen Hudson, Occidental College

Theorizing Notation: Darmstadt, 1959–1965

Isaac Otto, University of California, Irvine

Instrumentation, Physical Space, and Musical Form in Multipercussion Music

Madeleine Howey, University of Indiana

Coffee break/ Business meeting 3:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Keynote lecture 4:30 p.m.

Music in Motion, Music as Motion

Joti Rockwell, Pomona College

Combined reception with PSC-AMS 5:30 p.m. CAC 3100A

Conference dinner 6:30 p.m. Eureka, University Center

Program committee:

Andrew Aziz, San Diego State University

Robert Komaniecki, University of British Columbia

Anabel Maler, University of British Columbia

Evan Ware, Cal Poly Pomona

Amy Bauer, UC-Irvine (ex-officio)

The West Coast Conference of Music Theory & Analysis would like to thank

Michael Dessen, Chair, and Peter Chang, MSO, of the Music Department

at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UCI for their support.

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