A Message from the Co-Chairs

September 28, 2016
Elizabeth McLain and William van Geest


We’re delighted to serve the Society for Music Research at the University of Michigan (SMR) as co-chairs for the 2016–17 academic year.

Last year—our first!—was a resounding success: we established ourselves as an organization; strengthened our community through social events; furthered our professional development with paper presentations, pedagogy workshops, and reading groups; and hosted a two-day graduate-student conference with presenters from across the continent. With more officers and the experience of last year under our belt, we aim to continue building on our solid foundation. We’ll strive to increase our social and professional activities in variety and frequency, raise our visibility both at U-M and within the broader academic community, and develop our long-term vision for the organization.

If you are an SMR member and have ideas for SMR, an initiative you would like to start, or any feedback, please let us know! And if you are not an SMR member but would like to know more, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

And lastly, our most sincere thanks to Dorian Mueller, who is already on her second SMR website in as many years. She has made the message you’re reading possible.

With our best wishes,

Elizabeth McLain and William van Geest