Czech and Slovak Music and Related Arts


Call For Papers

Czech and Slovak Music and Related Arts

Dates:  April 23-25, 2010

Location:  Grand Valley State University, Allendale (near Grand Rapids),


This conference will explore music, dance, and theater stemming from the

Czech and Slovak areas.  Papers on classical, folk, and popular

traditions from any time period are invited, and papers discussing

collaboration among the arts are particularly welcome.  Because

composers such as Dvorak, Janacek, Smetana, Mahler, etc., have already

been the focus of much attention, the program committee will favor

papers on less-explored music (e.g. Zelenka, Vorisek, Haba) and on

topics not often included in a classical music conference, such as

popular music, theater, and dance.  Composers connected with the region

- e.g., Franz Schmidt, born in Bratislava - will be considered even if

their work took place largely elsewhere.  

Keynote speakers will be Bruno Nettl and others TBA.  There will be

musical performances of vocal, chamber, and wind ensemble works by Karel

Husa, Wenzel Müller, and others.  We will arrange an excursion to the

lovely coast of Lake Michigan on Sunday afternoon.

The language of the conference will be English.  Please submit e-mail

abstracts of up to 250 words by November 15, 2009 to

Lisa Feurzeig: and

Marlen Vavrikova:

or paper abstracts, postmarked by November 15, to

Lisa Feurzeig

Music Department

Grand Valley State University

One Campus Drive

Allendale, MI 49401


We will reply by the end of January 2010.  If you are uncertain whether

a topic counts as sufficiently unexplored, feel free to ask us in