Music Theory Southeast


Music Theory Southeast (MTSE) is a regional society whose primary goal is to foster the discipline of music theory throughout the region which includes the states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.


  • To provide a forum for the exchange of information and ideas pertaining to music theory and its teaching, especially among music theorists residing or teaching in the Southeastern region

  • To conduct meetings which may include the presentation of papers, panel discussions, workshops, the performance of music, and the exhibition of published materials

  • To encourage the highest standards of research and creativity in music theory

  • To encourage the highest standards in the teaching of music theory

  • To provide a contact for students and young professionals with the music theory community

  • To publish a newsletter, announcements of meetings and calls for papers, or other appropriate materials

  • And, recognizing music theory as a distinct discipline but yet not separable from other aspects of music, to advocate and uphold the highest standards of musicianship in all types and at all levels of music making
  • Officers


    MTSE meets once a year on various campuses within its region. In 2015, the MTSE conference will be held at East Carolina University, on March 27-28 to coincide with their annual New Music Festival. Dr. Severine Neff (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) will be the keynote speaker. The Program Committee includes John McKay (chair), Robin Attas, Juan Chattah, Chris Endrinal and Josh Mill. Mark Richardson will be in charge of local arrangements. Members of the Nominating Committee include Tomoko Deguchi, Guy Capuzzo, and Mark Parker.

    Local arrangements Guide

    Photos of ECU Conference Sites

    Conference Registration Form

    Programs and Abstracts from earlier conferences can be accessed from links in the left sidebar of this page.