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Music and Nature, Society for New Music

Syracuse, NY, September 2006

The Society for New Music announces a Call For Papers for a special
symposium on the topic of music and nature, to be held at Syracuse
University, September 23 and 24, 2006.  The symposium will occur in
conjunction with the September 24th premiere performance of acclaimed
composer Robert Morris's multi-media outdoor work in and around the quad
at Syracuse University.  The performance will feature the Syracuse
University Symphony Band, Syracuse University Marching Band, members of
the Syracuse University Orchestra, Syracuse Children's Choir, an area High
School choir, Syracuse University organist Christopher Marks, members of
Open Hand Theatre and the Society for New Music chamber ensemble.  The
Syracuse University carillon atop Crouse College will serve as conductor.

The relationship between music and nature has long been a favorite subject
of Morris's, stemming from his time spent hiking in natural surroundings
and his interests in non-western religion, philosophy and aesthetics.  
His experiences echo those of many other composers throughout history,
such as Beethoven, Bartok, Ives, Messiaen, Cage, the British
impressionists, Stockhausen, R. Murray Schafer and others, who have forged
deep connections between music and nature.  Their musical endeavors have
attracted the attention of numerous scholars, ranging from musicologists
and music theorists to those interested in the philosophy of biology and
ecology.  This symposium hopes to add to this growing dialogue.  As such,
we welcome paper and panel submissions that deal with any aspect of music
and nature, and especially the following areas:

- Music/Philosophy
- Music/Nature
- Music/Ecology
- Music/Physics
- Music/Religion (Shinto, Taoism, Buddhism, etc.)

  Paper abstracts should be no more than 250 words.  Please send
submissions to the symposium program chair, Theo Cateforis
(  Email submissions are strongly encouraged.  However,
those preferring to submit by ground mail may send their abstracts to Theo
Cateforis, Department of Fine Arts, 308 Bowne Hall, Syracuse University,
Syracuse, NY 13244-1200, USA.  The submission deadline is June 1, 2006.

For more information, please contact Theo Cateforis or visit the Society
for New Music's website (

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