Martha E. Thomae

PhD Candidate

Music Technology

I am a PhD candidate working under the supervision of Ichiro Fujinaga and Julie Cumming in the Music Technology Area of the Schulich School of Music, McGill University. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and a Master’s degree in Music Technology from McGill University. Since 2015, I have been a member of the Single Interface for Music Score Search and Analysis (SIMSSA) project and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) at McGill, serving as student coordinator of the Music Information Research axis of CIRMMT since Fall 2017.

My research is focused on the preservation and encoding of mensural music. I have developed tools to facilitate the encoding of this repertoire, including the Mensural MEI Translator and the Automatic Scoring-up Tool. I am an active member of the Mensural-MEI interest group where we look into the best options for encoding the various features of mensural notation to represent the characteristics of the vocal polyphonic music from the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Currently, I am working on a project that involves the digitization and encoding of the musical content of a set of Guatemalan choirbooks from the colonial period which are written in mensural notation.


Thomae, Martha E. 2017. “Automatic Scoring up of Mensural Music Using Perfect Mensurations, 1300-1550.” Master’s Thesis, Montreal: McGill University.
Thomae, Martha E., Julie E. Cumming, and Ichiro Fujinaga. 2019. “The Mensural Scoring-Up Tool.” In Proceedings of the 6th International Workshop on Digital Libraries for Musicology, 9–19. The Hague, Netherlands: ACM.

Research Interests

  • Music Information Retrieval
  • Music Preservation
  • Music Encoding
  • Early Music
  • Machine Learning

Academic Record

  • Licenciatura en Matemática (BSc in Mathematics), Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
  • MA in Music Technology, McGill University