Music on stage: The sixth bi-annual international, interdisciplinary conference

Music on stage

The sixth bi-annual international, interdisciplinary conference at

Rose Bruford College, Sidcup, Kent

October 22nd and 23rd 2016


For this year’s conference, the organisers support an open call in order to interrogate questions regarding the field of music on stage in relation to modes of practical and critical research, different practices and modes of dramaturgical composition and a variety of theoretical conceptualizations. As a result, the conference title is intentionally wide as it is hoped papers will cover all aspects of performance and genres. The following strands are anticipated: opera, the musical, contemporary music theatre, historic and contemporary performance practices, design, and production, areas of musicality in performance training and making, and philosophical theorizations regarding the nature of the theatrical event.

Our themes focuses broadly on how we negotiate theatrical artefacts and the collectively-produced ephemerality of the broad field of music on stage; that is, how performative interactions between the spectators and the performers – along with the non-human intervening dramaturgical elements – as an evental process enable musical environments and processes to emerge.

We invite presentation proposals from a wide variety of scholars and practitioners, with a special emphasis on the interconnections of music on stage in relation to contemporary and historical performance. Embracing the interdisciplinarity of the field, we actively promote practice-as-research methods and welcome proposals in different presentation formats. These formats can include:

  • 20min paper presentation.
  • Ignite/PechaKucha.*


* A PowerPoint presentation with 20 images/sides set to automatically progress after 20 seconds. Presenters are then invited to speak alongside their images.

Your presentation proposal, irrespective of format, should include a 250 word abstract along with a short biography.

Suggested topics relating to the broad theme of music on stage include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Music on stage as an interdisciplinary network.
  • Music and musicality as the activation of the senses and emotions in performance practices.
  • Exhibiting, documenting and/or remembering music on stage: archiving music on stage.
  • Historical performance practice.
  • The theoretical potential of emergent forms of practice in relation to the field. Approaches to examining the creation of music on stage: Conceptual and theoretical interpretations.
  • Research into opera scores/texts.
  • Current modes of practice and creating: Intermediality; music and sonic environments; interrelations with other artistic areas of creation such as, for instance, Fine Art; and Music on the stage and its relation to visual dramaturgies.
  • Contemporary forms of disseminating research and practices, for example, live streaming.



Papers are invited of 20 minutes duration and abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent to Dr F Jane Schopf at or Rose Bruford College, Burnt Oak Lane, Sidcup, Kent DA15 9DF, England  

Deadline May 15th

Papers published subject to peer review.

Previous sets of papers published by Intellect Press and Cambridge Scholars Publishing.