Steven Rings spent the 2008–09 academic year immersed in research, teaching, and administrative duties. He was awarded the Whiting Foundation Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching, which will provide him with a full year of research leave in 2009–10, in addition to supplying the Music Department with funds for replacement teaching. On the research front, Steve wrote a book chapter titled “The Learned Self: Artifice In Brahms’s Late Intermezzi,” which will serve as the lead essay in a collection on Brahms being edited by Heather Platt and Peter Smith. His essay “Mystéres limpides: Time and Transformation in Debussy’s Des pas sur la neige” appeared in print in 19th-Century Music in the fall. Steve delivered a colloquium talk on Brahms at the University of Iowa, presented a lecture on Messiaen as part of the University of Chicago’s Messiaen Festival, and gave talks on the music of Kodály, Ravel, Haydn, Bach, Tchaikovsky, and Schumann at the Chamber Music Society of Detroit. He served as the Program Committee Chair for the 2009 Music Theory Midwest conference in Minneapolis, and was a member of the Program Committee for the 2009 Society for Music Theory conference in Montréal. This summer he will be a fellow at the Mannes Institute for Advanced Music Theory.