2019 Undergraduate Music Research Symposium

UMRS PosterThe Society for Musicology is proud to announce the 2019 Undergraduate Music Research Symposium. The event will take place on Saturday, April 13th from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in KMU 304. Attendance is free and open to all! Please register ahead of time by clicking here. Come support our hard-working and brilliant undergraduate music majors!


The Society for Musicology at Florida State University


The Sixth Annual

Undergraduate Music Research Symposium


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Kuersteiner Music Building 340

Schedule of Events

8:45 A.M.            Registration, Light Breakfast (KMU Lounge)

9:25                     Opening Remarks: McKenna Milici

                             President, Society for Musicology              

9:30 – 10:30         Session I: Exploring Identity

Chair: Aisha Gallion

“Contextualizing the Relationship Between Prosocial and Antisocial Themes in Popular Black Social Dances”

Brian Brown

“‘Amos Said That You Loved Music’: The Musical Portrayal of Sandra Bloom in Big Fish

Brittany Porthouse

“Societal Attitudes About Deaf Musicians: Social Implications of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Deafness”

Katlyn Gatti

10:30 – 10:45            Coffee Break

10:45 – 11:45            Session II: Traditions and Transformations

Chair: Ryan Whittington

“Nice Technique: Insight into the Composing Styles of Keith Emerson in The Nice”

Daniel Keough Williams

“A Discussion on the Effects of Howard Hanson’s Romantic Symphony on Twentieth-Century Listeners and Beyond”

David Ramos

Eroica and the Disorienting Human Experience: A Psychological Approach”

Abby Vinquist

11:45 – 12:45            Break for Lunch

12:50 – 1:30 P.M.      Session III: Facing the Challenges

Chair: Haley Nutt

“Sustainability Issues Affecting the American Symphony Orchestra Business Model”

Ricardo Moreno

“Music of the Resistance”

Stephanie Hamilton

1:30 – 1:40                Break

1:40 – 2:40                Session IV: Style and Influence

Chair: Bailey Hilgren

“The Evolution of Steve Reich’s Compositional Style”

Eric Douglas Meincke

“Emulation of Birdsong through Motive in Piccolo Repertoire”

Rebecca Needham

“Piazzolla: Nuevo Tango, Globalization, and Argentina’s Musical Identity”

Stephen Fodroczi

2:40 – 2:50                Break                        

2:50 – 3:30                Session V: Untold History

Chair: Nate Ruechel

“Flat-Out Loud: A Soundscape of the Black Death”

Eva Schore

“Tactic and Tune: Fife and Drum Corps in the American Revolutionary War”

Moira Conley

3:45                          Announcement of Paper Prize


Abstract Committee

Vivianne Asturizaga

Emily Eubanks

McKenna Milici

Ryan Whittington

Panel Chairs and Mentors

Bailey Hilgren

Aisha Gallion

Haley Nutt

Nate Ruechel

Rebekah Franklin

Ryan Whittington

Planning Committee

Rachel Bani

Caroline Bishop

Laura Clapper

Hannah Geerlings

Paper Prize Committee

Eli Alfonso

Carrie Danielson


With a long-standing reputation as one of the premiere music institutions in the nation, the College of Music is a vital component of the Florida State University community, offering a comprehensive program of instruction and serving as a center of excellence for the cultural development of the state.


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