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Society for American Music, Thirty-First Annual Conference
Eugene, OR, February 2005

The Society for American Music invites proposals for papers, concerts,
lecture-performances, full panels of 3 or 4 papers, and other useful events for its
31st annual conference in Eugene, Oregon, 16-20 February 2005.  The Email or postmark
deadline is July 15.

We welcome proposals involving any aspect of American music or music in the Americas,
but especially welcome ideas for papers and sessions inspired by any of the

- Pauline Oliveros (the SAM honorary member of 2005) and related topics such as
philosophies of composing or audience in American experimental music

- Centennial of the births of
	Harold Arlen (15 Feb 1905  23 April 1986)
	Marc Blitzstein (2 March 1905  22 Jan 1964)
	Jule Stein (31 Dec 1905  20 Sept 1994)
	Meade Lux Lewis (4 Sep 1905  7 June 1964)

- Topics inspired by the Pacific Northwest (i.e., Native American styles of the West
or Northwest; Jimi Hendrix; grunge; Quincy Jones; Microsoft. . ..

Individual or joint papers should be no longer than twenty minutes.  Performances
should be no longer than thirty minutes and may include a short lecture component.
Presenters do not need to be members of the Society, but are required to register for
the entire conference.  Performances are not remunerated. The committee encourages
proposals from persons who did not present at the 2004 meeting in Cleveland, but all
proposals will be considered and judged primarily on merit.

How to submit a proposal

1.  The proposals for papers should be no longer than 350 words, and it should
include mention of any audio-visual needs.  Although electronic submissions are
encouraged, we will also accept hard copy submissions.

2.  If you are submitting a proposal via electronic means, send a message to Judy
Tsou ( that includes your name, address, and email address.  
Your proposal should be attached as a Word file without your name.

3.  If you are submitting your proposal via post (hard copies), send six copies of
your proposal, only one of which includes your name, address, phone, and email
address. The other five copies should have no such identifying information.

4.  Proposals for performances with or without a lecture component should include six
copies of a 100-word abstract and six copies of an audio CD. Again, only one of each
should contain identifying information.  CDs will not be returned.

5.  For complete sessions or proposals involving unusual formats, the proposer may
submit the entire proposal via electronic mail (see instructions in no. 2), or by
post (see instruction no. 3).  An additional statement explaining the format and the
rationale for the session should be included in the proposal.

6.  The committee will normally acknowledge receipt of submissions and communicate
its decisions by email. If you would prefer to have the committee communicate with
you by post, please include two stamped, self-addressed envelopes with your

7.  Successful submitters will be required to provide a 100-word abstract via email
by November 17 for publication in the conference program.

All materials must be electronically date-stamped or postmarked by July 15, 2004, and
should be sent to:
	Judy Tsou, SAM Program Chair
	School of Music
	Box 353450
	University of Washington
	Seattle, WA 98195

More information about the Society for American Music may be found on our website:
The Society was founded in 1975 and was first named in honor of Oscar G.T. Sonneck,
early Chief of the Music Division in the Library of Congress and pioneer scholar of
American music. The Society for American Music is a non-profit scholarly and
educational organization incorporated in the District of Columbia as a 501 (c) (3)
and is a constituent member of the American Council of Learned Societies.

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