Music Theory Midwest is happy to announce the award of its Arthur J. Komar award for outstanding student presentations at our recent meeting at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR. For the purposes of this award, presentations are judged on the originality of the research and the quality and clarity of the presentation itself. In addition to the recognition, the Komar Award recipient receives a cash award and is invited to serve on the Program Committee for the following year’s conference.
The Komar award committee, which was chaired by Stefanie Dickinson (University of Central Arkansas) and included Arnie Cox (Oberlin College-Conservatory) and David Heetderks (Oberlin College-Conservatory), made the following statement in support of this year’s award:
“The Komar Committee for Music Theory Midwest commends Rebecca Perry (Yale University) for her paper “”Between the Signposts: Thematic Interpolation and Structural Defamiliarization in Prokofiev’s Sonata Process,” which the committee incorporated an extensive knowledge of Sonata Theory and Prokofiev studies in addressing a motivic/thematic ‘problem’ in Prokofiev’s Second Piano Sonata. Ms. Perry’s organic approach was enhanced by the inclusion of concepts drawn from Russian literary theory models. She displayed not only a sophistication of presentation, but also ease of response to questions and comments following the presentation.” (An abstract of the paper can be found at the Music Theory Midwest website: http://www.mtmw.org/index.php/conferences/komar-recipients.)
Music Theory Midwest congratulates Rebecca on her successful presentation, and thanks the Komar award committee for their service.