Composing American Opera

“Composing American Opera”

A Scholarly Symposium and Performance Event
Towson University  |  Towson, Maryland
Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Department of Music at Towson University will host a daylong symposium devoted to “Composing American Opera.” The symposium will include two panels of scholarly papers and feature a keynote address delivered by eminent opera composer Kirke Mechem examining “The Composer as His Own Librettist.” The event will conclude with a performance of rare arias and scenes from 19th and early 20th-century American operas and a fully staged production with orchestra of Randall Thompson’s only opera Solomon and Balkis. Abstracts of scholarly papers are invited from interested participants exploring any aspect of operatic composition, production, performance, or reception of works created by American composers or operas composed in the United States.

For further details and the full call for papers, visit

A small honorarium will be offered to accepted presenters.

Deadline for submissions: 21 November 2014
Acceptances will be confirmed by 25 November 2014

Direct questions to Dr. Aaron Ziegel (aziegel at