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OCU Kicks Off 6th Annual Music Theory Conference
The Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University will host its sixth annual Undergraduate Music Theory Conference, April 1-2, in the Meinders School of Business. Thirty-nine undergraduate music majors will vie for honors. Each presentation and paper will be judged by the theory faculty at the Bass School: Rob Bennett, James Cheng, Hidetoshi Fukuchi, Erik Heine, Kate Pritchett, and Paul Tompkins. "The emphasis of this year's conference is the music of France and Spain," said Heine, "so all papers concern topics involving composers/works from Spain or France, or in some cases, both." Research topics range from Scott Thomas’s opening paper -- Understanding the Elégie: An Insight on Poulenc's Perception of Death –- to the conference's final presentation, at 11:40 a.m. April 2: Zach Sutton’s The Value of a Stained Cloth: An Analysis of Manuel de Falla’s “El Paña Moruno.” Presentations take place at 10-minute intervals from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday in Room 117 of the Meinders School of Business. At 4 p.m. Thursday, in the Atrium of the Bass Music Center, Fukuchi will host "Theory Frolic," a contest to determine which musician can identify the greatest number of triads within 60 seconds before getting one incorrect. The events are free and open to the public.