Institute for Russian Music Studies 2019 Annual Conference

July 9-12, Vipiteno, Italy

Symbols, Signs, and Meanings in Russian Music

special focus session “Sex, Gender, and the Erotic in Russian Music”

Additionally: special sessions to commemorate 180thMusorgsky anniversary and 175thRimsky-Korsakov anniversary (papers invited).

Keynote speaker – Richard Taruskin (UC – Berkeley)

Two IRMS 2019 Prizes will be awarded: for the best junior scholar paper and the best student paper.

The conference of the Institute for Russian Music Studies (IRMS) is hosted in Vipiteno July 9-12, 2019 (July 8 arrival – July 13 departure) under the auspices of the Orfeo Music Festival and the municipality of Vipiteno. 

Scholars and students of Russian music from around the world are invited to submit paper proposals of new research in Russian music and panel discussion proposals. The committee will select papers of special interest for conference presentations and panel sessions.Papers are planned as 20 min. presentations followed by short discussions. Papers will be considered for publication as a collection of articles. The official languages of the conference are English and Russian (with provided English translation).

March 1: 1) Deadline for 300-400-word abstract. Include title of proposed paper, the state of research field and the contribution of the paper to the field. 2) Your 100-word biography, digital headshot, name, institutional affiliation or independent scholar status and your contact information. Email to:

April 1: Paper acceptance notifications sent out. The committee will finalize the decision on the papers included in the conference by the end of March and will inform the contributors immediately thereafter. 

April 1 – May 31: Registration open on the website. Fees: €160/$195 for 4 days (includes lunch, Early Registration from $150 by 2/28); €50/$60 for 1 day (includes lunch); €35/$40 – conference dinner (student rates are discounted and posted on the website). Further information about travel, accommodation and conference schedule will be posted on the website by March.

The Institute for Russian Music Studiesis an international learned society devoted to the advancement of Russian music scholarship. The main activity of the society is its annual conference conducted in the relaxed atmosphere of the Italian Alps for participants from Europe, Russia, Americas and Asia that includes representatives of institutions of higher learning, scholars, and graduate students.

Conference Board

Ada Aynbinder (Tchaikovsky State Museum-Reserve, State Institute for Art Studies, Russia)

Philip Ross Bullock (University of Oxford, UK)

Olga Digonskaya (Shostakovich Archive, Russian National Museum of Music, Russia)

Emily Frey (Swarthmore College, USA)

Marina Frolova-Walker (Cambridge University, UK)

Larisa Jackson (University of Houston – Downtown, USA; OMF, Italy)

Simon Morrison (Princeton University, USA)