Principles of Music Composing in the Second Half of the 20th and the Beginning of the 21th Centuries

16th International Music Theory Conference

9–11 November 2016, Vilnius, Lithuania

Organized by: Lithuanian Composers’ Union, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

The purpose of the conference is to give new impulses to the development of musicological research and to use the findings thereof in compositional practice and teaching process.

The main conference goals are to enrich the local and international musical life, to establish a center of attraction for theoretical research of compositional practice, and to contribute to fostering and preserving of a distinctive identity in the national school of Lithuanian composers.

The 16th conference is dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Lithuanian Composers’ Union. A program of special conference sessions and other events is planned to mark this occasion.

Suggested sub-themes of the conference are:

  • Theoretical and evolutionary aspects of the principles of musical composition;
  • Principles of composition in the work by Lithuanian composers as seen in the broader context of European musical culture;
  • Aesthetic, artistic and creative self-awareness of composers representing national schools (see the list of suggested composers below);
  • Composers’ ideas about their creative principles;
  • Theoretical and creative aspects of compositional systems in the works by Lithuanian and foreign composers;
  • Binary-oppositional principles of composition in the 20th-century music (Ives, Stravinsky, Bartók, etc.) and their applications in the recent decades;
  • The manifestation of archaic and ethnic elements in the music by Lithuanian composers.

Paper proposals (abstract and a short biography) should be sent to Mr. Marius Baranauskas by email The abstract must not exceed 500 words. The duration of full presentations is limited to 20–25 minutes.

 The main language of the conference is English.

The deadline for proposal submissions is June 19, 2016. Proposals will be reviewed by the members of the scholarly committee and all applicants will be notified of the outcome until the end of June 2016.

The participation fee is 20 Euros.

Selected materials of the conference (abstracts and papers) will be published in the annual peer reviewed scientific journal.

Head of the scholarly committee Prof. Dr. Rimantas Janeliauskas, Coordinator of the conference Marius Baranauskas

Conference website:

BFE/RMA Research Students Conference 2018

British Forum for Ethnomusicology / Royal Musical Association Research Students Conference

Thursday 4 to Saturday 6 January 2018 at the University of Huddersfield.

Contact: Catherine Haworth

Open to postgraduates studying in the UK or abroad, the BFE/RMA Research Students’ Conference provides an opportunity for young researchers to meet together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, to gain experience of the conference environment (as listeners, participants, and chairs), to present and to hear papers, to take part in workshops, and to gain insights into the profession. Each year, the programme includes skills training sessions, student papers, composition and performance workshops, concerts, and social events.

The conference announcement and Call for Contributions are expected in May 2017.

BFE/RMA Research Students Conference 2017

British Forum for Ethnomusicology / Royal Musical Association  Research Students Conference

Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 January 2017 at Canterbury Christ Church University.


Open to postgraduates studying in the UK or abroad, the BFE/RMA Research Students’ Conference provides an opportunity for young researchers to meet together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, to gain experience of the conference environment (as listeners, participants, and chairs), to present and to hear papers, to take part in workshops, and to gain insights into the profession. Each year, the programme includes skills training sessions, student papers, composition and performance workshops, concerts, and social events.

The conference announcement and Call for Contributions are scheduled for 6 May 2016.

ENIM 2016 – 6th Conferences on Musical Research

ENIM 2016

Aveiro (Portugal), November 3rd to 5th 2016


SPIM (Sociedade Portuguesa de Investigação em Música) and Universidade de Aveiro (PORTUGAL)

Call for papers

The 6th Conference on Musical Research (ENIM 2016) will be held in Aveiro (Portugal), November 3rd to 5th, 2016. The call is now open for paper and poster submissions, as well as for thematic panels of 3 to 4 presenters. All relevant themes on musical research are welcome.

Submissions should be sent in Portuguese, English or Castilian for the following formats:

Spoken papers: 20 minutes.

Panels: 1 hour and a half, including final discussion. Proposals should include a general abstract and individual abstracts.

Proponents should send an abstract (250 words, and 3 to 5 keywords), a short bio (ca. 150 words), as well as information about equipment requirements. Panel proposals should indicate the general title and the name of the chair, besides the general abstract (ca. 300 words), and the individual abstracts and their titles. Each proponent can only submit one proposal (including individual submissions and panels). Proposal should be sent just in Word format to:


by 15th de May 2016, at the latest. The mail should include the following information: name, institution, postal address, and phone number. The abstract should not include any identification information, only the title. The abstracts will be blind-reviewed by members of the scientific commission, and evaluation results will be sent by June 15th, 2016. For further information, please contact: <>

Keynote speakers:

Salwa Castelo-Branco
Timothée Picard

Scientific Committee:

António Sousa Dias (IPCB, Escola Superior de Artes Aplicadas)
Bernadette Nelson (Centro de Estudos de Sociologia e Estética Musical)
Gabriel Rusinek (Universidad  Complutense de Madrid)
Graça Mota (Instituto de Etnomusicologia – Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança)
Maura Penna (Universidade Federal da Paraíba)
Pablo Rodriguez (Universidad de La Rioja)
Paulo Assis (Orpheus Institute, Ghent)
Paulo Ferreira de Castro (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Ricardo Tacuchian (compositor)
Susana Sardo (Universidade de Aveiro)
Suzel Riley (Queen’s University, Belfast)

Organizing Committee:

Cristina Fernandes
Maria José Artiaga
Maria do Rosário Pestana

South African Society for Research in Music Tenth Annual Congress

Invitation and Call for Papers and Proposals

(deadline for submissions is 18 March)

Odeion School of Music, University of the Free State, South Africa 25-27 August 2016

The South African Society for Research in Music cordially invites you to its 2016 annual congress to be held at the Odeion School of Music, University of the Free State.

This year, we are celebrating the tenth anniversary of the society, as well as the centenary of the birth of Arnold van Wyk. The keynote speakers are Stephanus Muller (Stellenbosch University) and Guthrie Ramsey (University of Pennsylvania).

SASRIM encourages the submission of a wide variety of proposals including those that explore alternative formats (lecture recitals, performance demonstrations, workshops), multiple facets of music research and practice on the African continent, disciplinary intersections, and perspectives on thinking and performing the boundary between ‘music thinking’ and ‘music making’. Contributions that reflect on the first decade of the society’s existence or any aspect related to South African composer Arnold van Wyk are especially welcome. Proposals will be assessed individually, without privileging particular subjects or methodologies.

The society extends a special invitation to undergraduate and postgraduate students to submit proposals and/or attend the congress. Students whose proposals are accepted may apply to SASRIM for limited financial support.

SASRIM invites proposals for:

 papers (20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for response)
 lecture-demonstrations (45 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for response)
 panel discussions (45 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for response)
 performances and/or demonstrations (20 – 45 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for response)
 workshops
 exhibitions and poster presentations

Proposals for all papers, lecture-demonstrations, poster sessions and exhibitions must include:

 an abstract with title (300 words)
 biographical information and contact details of presenter(s) (50 words)
 audio-visual or display requirements
 Any additional requirements (instruments, equipment etc.)

Proposals for panel discussions, performances, demonstrations and workshops must include:

 a title, description of individual contributions and overarching theme[s] (450 words)
 biographical information, institutional affiliation and contact details for all participants
 audio-visual or display requirements
 Preferred time, minimum 20 minutes to maximum 45 minutes
 Any additional requirements (instruments, equipment etc).

Proposals must be submitted to by no later than 18 March 2016.

Programme committee: Lizabé Lambrechts, Grant Olwage, Carina Venter, Lee Watkins.

Choir in Focus

International Symposium on the Histories and Practices of Choral Singing

Lund, Sweden, October 19-21 2016

The histories and practices of choral singing are diverse and heterogeneous. Still there are some recurring topics which are of common interest in a long-term perspective. The International Symposium on the Histories and Practices of Choral Singing aims to highlight these interdisciplinary investigations between music educational and music historical approaches of choral research. It will follow up the work of the network “Choir in Focus” which was initiated in 2009 by Ursula Geisler and Karin Johansson with the support from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences. The symposium will be a platform for presentations and discussions which focus on the history and practices of choral singing since the 18th century until today.

It is hosted by Southern Choral Centre ( and Linnaeus University ( in collaboration with Musik i Syd (

Call for papers:

The symposium welcomes papers, panels and posters on but not limited to the following topics:

1) Histories and practices of choral education

2) Concepts and practices of choral leadership

3) Institutionalisation of choral singing

4) Choral singing and social and musical meaning

5) Choral singing and media: Literature, Film, Recordings, Internet

6) Choral practice as re│production, re│construction and re│creation

Submissions of abstracts to not later than March 20. Abstracts should consist of max. 250 words added by a short CV, including title and institutional affiliation.

Confirmation of abstract acceptance will be given not later than April 2.


The symposium will be arranged at the Pufendorf Institute (, Biskopsgatan 3, 221 00 Lund, during Lund Choral Festival (

The symposium fee is 1000 SEK, including coffee breaks, two lunches and one dinner.

Sound – Traces – Moves. Soundtraces in Motion

Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung · GTF Annual Conference 2016 · Call for papers

Sound – Traces – Moves. Soundtraces in Motion

November 18–20, 2016 · Orff-Institute of the University Mozarteum/Salzburg

The term TRACES has been positioned very intentionally between the two central artistic means of expression SOUNDS and MOVES, as interface so to speak, since sounds as well as bodily movements can both be regarded as traces due to their volatility in space and time. They can enter into a dialog with other artistic traces (of movement), such as the grand brushstroke of a painter, the fine drawings of a graphic artist or the light projections of a digital installation, in order to access further dimensions of space and time for the hearing and seeing of movement dynamics. Against this backdrop, an (in the best sense) endlessly creative process gathers momentum, in which audible and/or visible movement traces are permanently recreated, without ever getting clearly defined contours nor even taking a definite shape.

What kinds of artistic options are possible due to such interactions between sound- and movement traces, either in the form of a performance or an event? And what kinds of challenges result from this for the spectators/listeners – particularly if these interactions primarily unfold within the area of the non-verbal, beyond the obvious allocations of meaning or outstanding narrative threads? This conference will discuss perspectives based on (rehearsal) processes and production aesthetics as well as questions relating to the perception of the interplay of analogue/digital, instrumental/ vocal and musical or noise-like sounds with virtual or real body movements in choreographies, improvisations and dance performances: The objective is to ‘trace’ audio-visual movement traces and the resulting network of sensory impressions.

Deadline for proposals for lectures, workshops, poster presentations, lecture demonstrations, performances and labs (please give the preferred format) is May 1.

Please send the respective proposal with a maximum of 250 words and a short biography of 100 words at most to Stephanie Schroedter:

You will be informed about the programme selection by June 1, 2016 at the latest.
For more information look at:

Historical Performance: Theory, Practice, and Interdisciplinarity

Conference: “Historical Performance: Theory, Practice, and Interdisciplinarity”
*Call-for-papers deadline: February 15, 2016*
Conference dates: May 20-22, 2016
Venue: Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Keynote address: John Butt, University of Glasgow

This three-day conference will bring together leading scholar-practitioners to examine and anticipate key issues of historical performance in the twenty-first century. Especially welcome are presentations offering research generative of new insights into performance procedures. Scholars whose work extends beyond the field of music are encouraged to contribute. Results and proceedings will launch a new annual peer-reviewed journal, Historical Performance, published by Indiana University Press.

XXIII Annual Conference of the Italian Musicological Society



Como, Conservatory of music “Giuseppe Verdi”, 21-23 October 2016




The twenty-third Annual Conference of the Italian Musicological Society will be hosted in Como from 21th-23rd October, in collaboration with the Conservatory of music “Giuseppe Verdi”. On October 22nd at 3 p.m. the annual Meeting of all members will take place.


The Conference will be divided into free paper sessions.


Scholars from all over the world are invited to submit their proposals.


In your abstract (which has not to exceed 30 lines in word format) please indicate the title of the proposed paper, the state of the art in your research field, with an outline of the project and the specific contribution to the current knowledge. Only original, unpublished research will be taken into consideration: papers in print will not be accepted.


Along with the text please send also a short C/V (max. 15 lines) and indicate the A/V equipment required.


The paper shall not exceed 20 minutes in duration (corresponding to an 8-page text containing to a maximum of 16000 characters). Scholars are not allowed to send more than one abstract. The abstracts have to be sent to the e-mail address or – by mail – to the Società Italiana di Musicologia, Casella Postale 318 Ag. Roma Acilia, via Saponara 00125 Rome, Italy (please add on the envelope the indication “XXIII Convegno annuale”) no later than June 15, 2016. Acceptance of papers will be notified by July, 15, 2016.


We inform you that one session of the conference will be entitled “From the Belle Epoque to the First World War: in search for a Musical Identity”, and based on the topics exposed in the book “Italia 1911. Musica e società alla fine della Belle Époque” (Milano, Guerini Associati, 2014).


Please provide your full name, address, phone number, fax number and e-mail address. For further information about the conference please visit the web site:

‘Ethnomusicology: History, Theory and Practice’ and The Third International Competition for students’ folklore ensembles ‘Vselistvennii Venok’ (‘Leafy Crown’)

Dear colleagues,

On the May 16-19, 2016 St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory holds
The Fifth International Scientific and Practical Conference for graduate and undergraduate students titled “Ethnomusicology: history, theory and practice” as well as The Third International Competition for students’ folklore ensembles titled “Vselistvennii Venok” (“Leafy Crown”). All the events will be dedicated to the 80th anniversary of prof. Anatoly M. Mekhnetsov’s birth, to the 40th anniversary of conservatory’s Folklore ensemble establishment and to the 25th anniversary of Center for Folklore and Ethnography at St. Petersburg Conservatory foundation.

The events are competitive and the laureates will be awarded diplomas of I, II and III degrees.

Sample topics for conference papers are: history of folklore study; study of folk music genres and specifics of their style; methods of vocal, instrumental and dance folk traditions analysis; the role of folklore in the modern educational process and concert practice, etc.

Students’ folklore ensembles competition includes opening ceremony, competition concerts, gala concert, master classes and other creative meetings, dedicated to the folklore performance of Russian and foreign countries’ folk traditions.

The deadline for applications to participate in the conference and competition is
the 1
st of March, 2016.

Proposals are accepted at: (for Evgenia Redkovа).

The organizing committee will search for the opportunity to cover fees for staying at guest rooms of Conservatory’s hostel (ul. Doblesti, d. 22). Travel expenses due to the sending party.