International Orpheus Academy for Music & Theory 2012 ” Experimentation versus Interpretation”

26-28 March 2012, Orpheus Institute Ghent, Belgium
Deadline: March 1, 2012

The Orpheus Academy 2012 – with the title ‘Experimentation versus Interpretation’ – will challenge the concept of ‘interpretation’ in the field of music performance, and investigate musical ‘experimentation’ as an alternative or encapsulating path. Such a challenge involves the concept of ‘work’ and has implications in the fields of ‘notation’, ‘hermeneutics’, editorial concepts (such as the ‘Urtext’), as well as with the broader relationship with the past.

During three days, internationally acclaimed guest lecturers will meet professional musicians, music theorists, musicologists and artist-researchers from all over the world. The academy’s aim is to allow a selected crowd to work on the highest possible level for the sessions to be perceived as rewarding for all attendants and speakers.

This year’s guest faculty will be:
• Hermann Danuser (Humboldt University Berlin, Germany)
• Frederic Rzewski (Independent Artist, Brussels (Belgium)/London (U.K.))
• Thomas Christensen (University of Chicago, U.S.A.)
• Anders Hultqvist (Composer, Göteborg, Sweden)

In addition, artist-researchers from the Orpheus Research Centre in Music [ORCiM] will periodically react to and interface with the faculty, both through offering their insights into the evolving research discourse of the Academy and by giving complementary musical presentations that articulate ORCiM’s characteristic fusion of musicianship and research work.

The International Orpheus Academy for Music & Theory takes place at the Orpheus Institute, Ghent, Belgium from March 26, 2012 (10.00 a.m.) until March 28, 2012 (1.00 p.m.). A detailed programme can be downloaded on our website
The Orpheus Academy is open to professional music theorists, musicologists, students in music theory or musicology, musicians, composers…from all countries. Application is possible until March 1, 2012 through the application form to be downloaded on our website.

Admission fee
€ 175 (€100 for Bachelor & Master students until the age of 26). Fee includes coffee breaks & lunches.
Admission fee is to be paid through our bank account (we thank you for informing us when the payment has been done).
• Account Number: 734-3341722-81
• IBAN number: BE36 734-3341722-81

Participants are to arrange their own travel and accommodation.
We recommend the following websites/hotels when searching for a place to stay in Ghent. (discounts for members of the academic community) (Ibis Opera & Ibis Cathedral: mention referral by Orpheus Institute to book at corporate rate

Conference convenor: Paulo de Assis, fellow in artistic research Orpheus Research Centre in Music [ORCiM]
Practical information:
Orpheus Institute – advanced studies & research in music – Korte Meer 12, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
Tel: +32 9 330.40.81 – Fax: +32 9 330.40.82 – email: – website: