CHRÓNOS. An International Multi-Disciplinary Percussion Symposium

CHRÓNOS is designed as a multidisciplinary symposium bringing together scholars, performers, composers,pedagogues, artists, and health and wellness professionals in an inclusive environment aimed at delving à l’intérieur of percussion studies and percussive processes.  

Event: CHRÓNOS. An International Multi-Disciplinary Percussion Symposium

Organization: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Location: UTRGV School of Music, Brownsville Campus, TX

Dates: April 4 & 5, 2019

Abstract Deadline: January 4, 2019

Call for Presentations

UTRGV School of Music invites abstracts for its international, multi-disciplinary percussion symposium with keynote address by Dr. John Parks IV. We invite proposals for paper presentations, interactive sessions, or posters/exhibits addressing the following theme and perspectives:

The Art of Noise

—Luigi Russolo[1]

 In antiquity, life wasnothing but silence. Noise was really not born before the 19th century. With the advent of machinery, noise reigns supreme over human sensibility.

Reflective: “Primitive people attributed to sound a divine origin. It became surrounded with religious respect, and reserved for the priests, who thereby enriched their rites with a new mystery.”[2]

Current: “To exciteour sensibility, music has developed into a search for a more complex polyphony and a greater varietyof instrumental tones and coloring. It has tried to obtain the most complex succession of dissonant chords, thus preparingthe ground for musical noise.”[3]

Forward: “We must break at all cost from this restrictive circle of pure sounds and conquer the infinite variety ofnoise-sounds.”[4]

We are looking forward to submissions from all music disciplines, including composition, theory, musicology, and ethnomusicology. We also welcome scholars and artists working on sustainability, sound studies, environmental studies, sound art, performance, pedagogy, drawing, painting, sculpture, graphic art, assemblage, collage, mixed-media, conceptual art, installation, photography, video art, animation; and, health and wellness professionals working with music therapy, physical therapy, experiential anatomy, kinesthetics, proprioception, somatics, anatomy, physiology, rehabilitation medicine, and electrophysiological kinesiology.

Submission Guidelines

Please submit abstracts of no more than250 words to by January 4, 2019. The abstract should include title of the paper, name of the author, institutional affiliation, short bio, and any A/V requirements. Formats of presentation include paper presentation,interactive, poster/exhibit. Invitations to present will be sent via email by January 21, 2019.

Cost to Attend. See link below:

Sessions will consist of three to four presentations in a 90-minute session. Sessions will be divided equally between the presenters. Sound system, LCD projector and screen will be made available for presentations.

Poster/Exhibit will beopen in concept with various presenters. This portion allows attendees to interact with the presenters one-on-one. Supplies will be provided: easel, tri-fold display board (36 x 48 inches or 91.4 x 122 cm), markers, pushpins, tapes, and table.


[1] Russolo, Luigi. “The Art of Noise. Futurist Manifesto,” (1913, 2004). Translated by Robert Filliou. New York: UBU Classics. Accessed October 10,2018,

[2] Ibid., 5.

[3] Ibid., 5.

[4] Ibid., 6