Choral practice, performance and pedagogy: real world applications of choral research

CALL FOR PAPERS

Department of Music, The University of Sheffield, in partnership with the Institute of Musical Research.

Friday 8th April 2016.

This one-day, interactive choral conference is being convened in the Department of Music at the University of Sheffield, with funding from The Institute of Musical Research. The aim of the event is to provide a forum for researchers to present their work on choral practice, performance and pedagogy. This conference is designed to provide opportunities for demonstrating the impact of current research in a way which emphasizes practical applications alongside pedagogical approaches to choral rehearsal and performance.

Submissions are invited for sessions with a strong participatory element, and potential for a high level of audience engagement. Proposals from Early Career Researchers are particularly encouraged (see below for details of a limited number of travel bursaries which may be awarded to  eligible ECRs).

Sessions may take the form of practical demonstrations, masterclasses, performances or workshops (45 minutes maximum), which are related to the presenter’s original research, or which interrogate choral concepts and philosophies derived from the researcher’s review of the literature. Subjects may include:

  • Choral leadership and conductor training
  • Group dynamics in the choral context
  • Choral learning processes and rehearsal strategies
  • Choral repertoire and performance practices
  • Choral inclusion and diversity
  • Topics related to community singing or community projects involving group singing activities

Shorter spoken papers (20 minutes, including 5 minutes for questions) are also invited, preferably including a practical, participatory or performance element. Subjects for round-table discussions or panels (30 minutes maximum) may also be suggested, with the aim of sharing knowledge, experience, research findings and potential applications among participants. Presentations, demonstrations and workshops may be related to research on group singing in any context, and to any type or size of choral ensemble. A repertoire exchange will be included in the programme, so delegates will be encouraged to bring a song or vocal warm up to share.

Bursaries for Early Career Researchers: There will be a limited number of travel bursaries, funded by the Institute of Musical Research, to assist ECRs to present their work at this conference. Applications for bursaries are encouraged from ECRs who are within three years of completing their PhD, and who do not hold an academic post which provides access to conference funding.

Bursary applications should include:

  • A note of the applicant’s PhD completion date
  • Confirmation that the applicant does not currently have access to funding for conference attendance
  • An accurate indication of the travel costs that will be involved in attending this conference
  • A short biography (c. 200 words)

Submissions: Please send abstracts (c. 300 words), along with applications for travel bursaries, to Dr Michael Bonshor: m.bonshor@sheffield.ac.uk.

The closing date for submissions and bursary applications is January 15th 2016. All proposals should include the name and email address of the presenter, institutional affiliation (if applicable), and details of any AV requirements for the session.