Initiated in 2008, by music theory professor Sumanth Gopinath, the Music and Sound Studies (MSS) interdisciplinary research group at the University of Minnesota works to explore sound and music as acoustic phenomena and practices affecting humans and our environment. We support our members’ work through reading groups on topics ranging from Music Theory to Sound Technologies, bringing in speakers to present on their work, and collaborating with groups such as the Moving Image & Media Studies graduate student organization on their film series. Our membership draws on multiple disciplines and departments, including Music Composition, Musicology, Music Theory, Cultural Studies, and American Studies, and we regularly collaborate with other departments in supporting events that expand the increasingly vital subject of Sound Studies. Besides the activities of our working groups, we regularly hold colloquia (during the fall and spring semesters) where students present their research and hosted keynote speakers offer feedback on student projects. In 2017-18 we will hold our first academic conference.