Moving Horns: Worldwide Migrations in Horn Playing

International conference on historical horn playing,

School of Arts Ghent, Belgium

2-6 July 2019*

From 1 to 6 July 2019, the Royal Conservatory of the Ghent school of arts (HoGent) hosts the International Horn Symposium IHS51 Moving Horns in collaboration with the International Horn Society. Within this symposium, we embed an international specialist conference on historical horn playing as a celebration of the long living tradition of horn playing in Ghent, Belgium and its neighboring countries. An exhibition featuring unique historical horns from several private collections will be held alongside the event.

This call is focused on historical horn playing. Therefor we welcome proposals for:

– Lectures (20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion time)

– Lecture recitals (40 minutes)

– Shorter presentations (up to 15 minutes)

All subjects relative to the history of horn playing and historical horn performance, including repertoire, history, performance practice as well as instrument manufacturing and conservation are considered.

Participants are especially encouraged to submit papers with topics related to horn playing in the long 19th century, and more specifically on the conference’s main subject Moving Horns: Worldwide Migrations in Horn Playing.

Submission guidelines:

Lectures take a typical format of maximum 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes discussion.

Lecture-recitals have a typical timeframe of 40 minutes.

Please email an abstract in English (max 300 words) to as well as Include a short CV (max 150 words) and state any special requirements.

It is advisable to send visual presentations one week before the symposium so they can be tested on our equipment.

Submission deadline: 30 November 2018

Notification deadline: 15 January 2019

All applications will be considered by the organizing committee (Royal Conservatory Ghent, UGent and external specialist readers).

Practical information:

Presenters as well as other participants need to be registered for the symposium for (minimum their days of presence. All sessions will be open for attendance of IHS51-participants. Information will be posted on the website regularly in the next months.

The conference will be held at HoGent Campus de Wijnaert, Gerard De Duivelstraat 1, 9000 Gent, Belgium.

Standard equipment of the auditorium: projector, sound system, computer, grand piano (A=440hz). A pianist and historical pianoforte (A=430Hz) will be at the disposal of the lecturers who want to present in the format of a lecture-performance in the central exposition hall.


The host does not pay for any lodging or travel. Coffee/tea will be at the disposal of all participants.


* duration of the conference is to be determined in relation to the number of applications