Department of Music

Music and Theory between 1650 and 1750, Orpheus Institute
Ghent, April 2004

Wednesday 14 - Sunday 18 April 2004

Orpheus Institute, Korte Meer 12, 9000 Ghent, Belgium

The Orpheus Institute, an institute for postacademic degree programmes in music in
Flanders, Belgium (founded in 1996), organizes the second International Orpheus
Academy for Music Theory between April 14 -18, 2004. Several outstanding
international guest professors are invited to meet scholars, (pre-) professional
music theorists, musicologists and musicians from all countries.  The aim of this
Academy is to work with a selected group of participants on a high level, in such a
way that it will be an enriching experience for everyone involved.

The theme of the Orpheus Academy 2004 is Music and Theory between 1650 and 1750, with
special focus on the national schools of Italy, France and Germany. The
multidisciplinary approach of this theme is different from other seminars and
congresses, in the sense that a lively interaction between music theory, music
history, performance practice, aesthetics and related sciences is the point of
departure. This explains the title "Music AND Theory" in stead of "Music Theory".

An international group of faculties, consisting of 5 guest professors and 3 lecturers
have been invited. During the Academy, they will give several lectures each,
participate in panel discussions and reply on each others lectures.

The guest professors for the 2004 Academy are: Susan McClary (California, USA),
Thomas Christensen (Chicago, USA), Gérard Geay (Paris, France), Joel Lester (New
York, USA) and Markus Jans (Basel, Switzerland). The lecturers are: Penelope Gouk
(Manchester, UK), Sigiswald Kuijken (Brussels, Belgium) and Marc Vanscheeuwijck
(Belgium/Oregon, USA).

During the Academy, three official languages will be used: English, German and

Professional music theorists, musicologists, students in music theory or musicology,
musicians and other interested persons from all countries can still apply for the
seminar by supplying a biography and a motivation. Application is possible by means
of the website of the Orpheus Institute.

There is an admission fee of EUR100 (-26) or EUR175 (+26). Hotel facilities will be
organized by the Orpheus Institute at the cost of EUR50 per night (for a single room
in Bed & Breakfast). There are some double rooms available at EUR30 per person per

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