CFP Early Music Conference: “Musicking: Culturally Informed Performance Practices”

Early Music Conference: “Musicking: Culturally Informed Performance Practices”

CFP Deadline: January 15, 2020

Conference Dates: May 19-23, 2020

University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, Eugene, Oregon

The purpose of the conference is to unite research, education, and performance of historical music in the broadest sense by considering performance practices and performance practice studies through a cultural lens. In its fifth year, the conference will feature educational workshops, lecture performances, academic panels, and evening concerts. Round-table discussions will focus on the state of early music in 2020. Special events at this year’s conference include a performance of Giovanni Bononcini’s oratorio, “San Nicola di Bari” (Rome, 1693) and “Élevé: A Symposium of Music & Dance in Honor of Marian Smith,” featuring workshops and a keynote address by Doug Fullington (Pacific Northwest Ballet).

The committee welcomes proposals addressing all aspects of performance practice studies, not only from a purely historical point of view, but also from a broader cultural perspective. Proposals should consider the conference topic through a lens of musicking, in all its possible facets, including music as ritual, music’s metaphorical meanings and the language of gesture. The Musicking committee also invites proposals for lecture performances for programs 30-45 minutes in length, designed to engage audiences in an informal and fairly intimate setting. Proposals should include a short concert/lecture description and music selection, and should include an mp3 audio file or link displaying the performer’s musical ability. This year, the Musicking committee will grant one lecture-performance applicant an award of up to $1000 to assist in travel and lodging costs. Lecture-performance applicants who wish to be considered for this award should indicate so in their proposal.

All proposals should be sent by Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Please visit the Musicking Website for submission instructions.