UBC Music Faculty and Alum win Society for Music Theory Publication Awards⁠

Congratulations to Leigh VanHandel, Dylan Robinson, and Leslie Tilley for their Society for Music Theory (SMT) Publication Awards!⁠

UBC Music Faculty, Leigh VanHandel and Dylan Robinson

Leigh VanHandel (Chair & Associate Professor, Theory Division)⁠
Outstanding Multi-authored Collection Award⁠ given for a distinguished multi-author collection for a volume edited by Leigh VanHandel, The Routledge companion to music theory pedagogy. It’s the first pedagogically-oriented scholarship to win a Society for Music Theory Publication award.

The awards announcement: “This nominee for the Outstanding Multi-Author Collection stood out not only for its scope and depth of content, but for its diversity, and potential impact across the discipline. This book, which includes contributions by an astounding sixty-eight authors, focuses on practical tools and lessons for music theory pedagogy. The variety of approaches and perspectives in this collection—the latter spanning everything from psychology to computer science—is nothing short of remarkable. The prospective reader will find chapters that are highly accessible and include material across many different levels of knowledge from absolute basics through more advanced studies, over the full gamut of music theory topics. The materials extend well beyond the traditional Western canon, and include exercises in composition, improvisation, and written theory, and (quite frequently) combine several of these approaches together. This book is certain to become a classic pedagogical reference on every music theorist’s bookshelf. The 2022 Outstanding Multi-Author Collection Award goes to The Routledge Companion to Music Theory Pedagogy, edited by Leigh Van Handel.”

Dylan Robinson (Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology)⁠
Wallace Berry Award⁠ given for his book, Hungry Listening.

Wallace Berry was the chair of the UBC music department from 1978–84 and founding Vice President of the Society for Music Theory from 1977-1982. After his death in 1991, the Society for Music Theory established the “Wallace Berry Award,” an annual award recognizing outstanding books recently published in the field of music theory. ⁠

Leslie Tilley (PhD 2013)⁠
Emerging Scholar Award⁠ for Making it up together: the art of collective improvisation in Balinese music and beyond. The University of Chicago Press, 2019.

We should also mention that to co-winner of Outstanding Multi-authored Collection Award⁠ was Thomas Adès Studies, edited by Edward Venn and Philip Stoecker, published by Cambridge University Press, a book to which UBC Faculty John Roeder (Professor, Music Theory) contributed a chapter titled “The RICH Logic of Adès’s The Tempest and The Exterminating Angel.

MA Theory student Jason Yin Hei Lee delivered a paper at SMT Conference titled “The Semantic Evolution of Chromatic Mediants: A Baroque Origin” and also gave a short talk titled “A Corpus Study of Tone-Melody Correspondence in Cantopop, 2000-2020.”

MA student in musicology, Emily Liang delivered her paper, “Embodiment as Spiritual Transformation: Aspects of Materiality and Physicality in Ritualistic Cantonese Opera Performance in Vancouver” at the SMT Conference as well.

Congratulations to all!

Learn more about the Society for Music Theory.⁠