Fourth Annual Conference, “Historical Performance: Theory, Practice, and Interdisciplinarity”

17-19 May 2019, Bloomington, IN.

Deadline for abstracts: March 3, 2019
Conference dates: May 17-19, 2019
Call for papers—web page
Location: Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (Bloomington, IN.)

The fourth-annual international conference, “Historical Performance: Theory, Practice, and Interdisciplinarity,” will convene May 17-19, 2019 at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. This event has attracted scholars from over a dozen countries since its inception. 

Theme: In addition to a broad array of performance practice topics ranging chronologically from the Middle Ages to the early-twentieth century, particular emphasis this year will be placed on diversity and inclusivity in the field of historical performance.

Keynote speakers will include Thomas Forrest Kelly (Harvard University) and Chi-Chi Nwanoku, OBE (Royal Academy of Music), with further plenary addresses offered by Ayana Smith (Indiana University), Jeffrey Kurtzman (Washington University, St Louis), Ross Duffin (Case Western Reserve), and Adam Gilbert (University of Southern California). The conference is convened by Dana Marsh, Director, Historical Performance Institute (Indiana University).

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Links to past conference programs:
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CFP: Historical Performance: Theory, Practice, and Interdisciplinarity

Historical Performance – Theory, Practice, and Interdisciplinarity
CFP Deadline: February 15, 2018; applicant notification, February 25
Conference dates: May 18-20, 2018

Venue: Indiana University Jacobs School of Music | Bloomington, Indiana

The keynote address will be delivered by Robert D. Levin, speaking on the topic: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Sonatas with Varied Reprises and their consequence in the performance of classic-period keyboard music.

With a focus on historical improvisation, additional plenary speakers include: Angela Mariani, Adam Knight Gilbert, Peter Schubert and William Porter. Nick Wilson will also offer a plenary lecture on historical performance in the modern age.

Now in its third year, this gathering has been attended by scholars and performers from a dozen countries, with more than 40 papers offered each season. Scholar-performers (and performer-scholars) present new research and hypotheses, engage in conversation, and consider emergent areas in historical-performance studies covering the Middle Ages through to the early-twentieth century. Scholars and practitioners working within arts or humanities disciplines adjacent to the field of music are particularly encouraged to contribute. Selected papers will be considered for publication in the new annual journal, Historical Performance, from IU Press.

2017 Conference Program |  2016 Conference Program