Choir in Focus

International Symposium on the Histories and Practices of Choral Singing

Lund, Sweden, October 19-21 2016

The histories and practices of choral singing are diverse and heterogeneous. Still there are some recurring topics which are of common interest in a long-term perspective. The International Symposium on the Histories and Practices of Choral Singing aims to highlight these interdisciplinary investigations between music educational and music historical approaches of choral research. It will follow up the work of the network “Choir in Focus” which was initiated in 2009 by Ursula Geisler and Karin Johansson with the support from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences. The symposium will be a platform for presentations and discussions which focus on the history and practices of choral singing since the 18th century until today.

It is hosted by Southern Choral Centre ( and Linnaeus University ( in collaboration with Musik i Syd (

Call for papers:

The symposium welcomes papers, panels and posters on but not limited to the following topics:

1) Histories and practices of choral education

2) Concepts and practices of choral leadership

3) Institutionalisation of choral singing

4) Choral singing and social and musical meaning

5) Choral singing and media: Literature, Film, Recordings, Internet

6) Choral practice as re│production, re│construction and re│creation

Submissions of abstracts to not later than March 20. Abstracts should consist of max. 250 words added by a short CV, including title and institutional affiliation.

Confirmation of abstract acceptance will be given not later than April 2.


The symposium will be arranged at the Pufendorf Institute (, Biskopsgatan 3, 221 00 Lund, during Lund Choral Festival (

The symposium fee is 1000 SEK, including coffee breaks, two lunches and one dinner.