Encounters, Discussions, Experimentations: Art, Research and Artistic Research in Music

Nordic Research Symposium, Venice 16th to 17th June 2017

Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy is organising a Nordic research symposium in Research Pavilion in Venice, Italy on June 16th-17th 2017 together with its partners, the Arne Nordheim Centre for Artistic Research at the Norwegian Music Academy and the Academy of Music and Drama at the University of Gothenburg. The two-day event focuses on music and the multifaceted interrelationships between music and research, as well as artistic research in music.

The Research Pavilion is created and hosted by Uniarts Helsinki. It is a platform for artistic research, hosting 3 international art exhibitions & 40+ cross-artistic events in the context of the 57th Venice Biennale.

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Public Musicology Symposium

Organized by the Society for Musicology in Ireland

The Kevin Barry Recital Room
National Concert Hall, Dublin
Wednesday 26 April 2017
Time: 08.30-18.30

This international one-day symposium on Public Musicology, organized by  the Society for Musicology in Ireland, is in accordance with the aims of that society: to nurture and highlight the role of music in education and broader society on a national and international platform. The aim of this symposium is to ask how musicology relates to the ‘public voice’, the voice of culture at large. At a time when the government is calling for a new level of connectedness between higher education and wider society, academics are under increasing pressure to address this issue of civic engagement. Additionally, as many of our doctoral graduates do not follow an academic career path, there is an urgent need to offer alternative pathways to graduate students forging a career beyond the academy.

Our eleven guest speakers will explore a diverse range of themes: careers in and beyond musicology, community-based projects, curating concerts and issues of programming, musicology in journalism, musicology and civic engagement, music theory, musicological entrepreneurship, public musicology in Ireland, public musicology projects, and musicology and the media. This symposium aims to bring together the published scholar but also the journalist, the writer of programme notes, the teacher, the radio broadcaster and any others in a position to affect the wider discourse on music. The primary objective of the symposium is to raise awareness of how music scholars, educators, music journalists and industry professionals engage with the public at large.


Keynote Speaker:
Prof. Christopher H. Gibbs

Bard College | New York

Dr Lorraine Byrne Bodley MRIA | Maynooth University | President of the Society for Musicology in Ireland
Prof. Harry White MRIA | University College Dublin
Prof. Julian Horton | Durham University
Dr Anne M. Hyland | University of Manchester
Dr Stephen Graham | Goldsmiths, University of London
Dr J. Griffith Rollefson | University College Cork
Dr Aidan Thomson | Queen’s University, Belfast
Dr Alexandra Buckle | Oxford University
Dr Melanie Marshall | University College Cork
Dr Deirdre Ní Chonghaile | NUI Galway


General Admission: €10
Student Tickets: FREE

Tickets are €10 which includes tea and coffee and admission to all sessions, including the keynote address by Professor Christopher Gibbs, Bard College, New York. Students attend for FREE but must register and purchase a student ticket. Please note that there will be a wine reception following the symposium: 18.30-19.15, The 1st Floor Foyer, outside The Kevin Barry Recital Room.

Please fill out the registration form, which also contains the link to purchase tickets, via the National Concert Hall Box Office. The link to the National Concert Hall Box Office is provided at the bottom of the registration form. Please click on the link to book your ticket: https://goo.gl/forms/WkCbqMRS48FaAc533




If you have any queries in relation to the event, please contact the symposium coordinator, Barbara Strahan: Barbara.M.Strahan@nuim.ie

Funded by the Irish Research Council New Foundations scheme

Principles of Music Composing: ratio versus intuitio

17th International Music Theory Conference

November 8th – 10th 2017

Vilnius, Lithuania

The aim of the annual conference ‘Principles of Music Composing’ is to foster theoretical thought that is essential for compositional practice and education of composers. Sixteen conferences of this series have already been held in Vilnius. The 17th conference draws attention to the phenomena of rationality and intuition, which are considered to be contrasting yet complementary poles in the compositional process. Intuition often alters the realization of rational scheme, model or archetype chosen by the composer. Meanwhile rational revision may improve intuitive improvisation, sonorous vision, or the artistic idea.

The topic of the conference could be divided into suggested subtopics:

  1. Rational processes of composition and aural intuition (theoretical insights, definition, conceptions, typology)
  2. Musical work as the result of rational and intuitive creative activity (theoretical, historical and aesthetical aspects)
  3. Adaptation of interdisciplinary ideas in the compositional practice based on rational and intuitive origin
  4. Rational and intuitive qualities in new musical resources and techniques (sonorism, microchromatics, extended techniques, aleatory, electronics, etc.)
  5. ‘Rational’ and ‘Intuitive’ composers: features of their works and the creative process
  6. Phenomena of rationality and intuition in the contemporary compositional practice
  7. Lithuanian composers: between rationality and intuition

Paper proposals (abstract and a short biography) should be sent by email pmc@lmta.lt . The abstract must not exceed 500 words. The duration of full presentation is limited to 20–25 minutes.

 The main language of the conference is English.

The deadline for proposal submissions is August 20th 2017. Proposals will be reviewed by the members of the scholarly committee and all applicants will be notified of the outcome in the beginning of September 2017.

The participation fee is 20 Euros.

Selected papers of the conference will be published in the annual peer reviewed scientific journal ‘Principles of Music Composing’.


ARTikulationen – Artistic Research Festival

October 5th-7th 2017, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria.

The Artistic Doctoral School of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz will be holding its annual conference focusing on Artistic Research. The program will feature keynotes, lecture-recitals, guest-lectures etc. All contributions by the doctoral candidates will be considered for a Best Practice Award.

More detailed information will be provided soon.



Electroacoustic Winds 2017: SYNCHRESIS – Audio Vision Tales

EAW 2017, November 13th – 17th, University of Aveiro, Portugal

The International Conference Electroacoustic Winds 2017: SYNCHRESIS – Audio Vision Tales is organised by the Center of Electroacoustic Research (CIME), the Institute for Ethnomusicology – Research Center for Music and Dance (INET-MD), Research Institute in Design, Media and Culture (ID+) and CIC.Digital. This conference seeks to establish bridges between Music Creation, Design & Soundscapes and New Media.

The relation between Sound and Image, two different languages within the multimedia art form, and the technological tools to improve this relationship are at the nucleus of this symposium. There are many research areas that address this problem in one way or another. Our main focus will be not only on the relationship itself, discussing the argument from both technical-linguistic and aesthetic points of view, but also the discussion on how technology is enabling these two mediums to merge, creating tools of manipulation that enhance not only the artist’s creativity but also the audience’s immersion. 

Abstracts and Posters for the Conference
Deadline for submission of abstracts: April 28th, 2017.
Pre-notification of acceptance or rejection of abstracts: June 28th, 2017.
Deadline for submission of the reviewed abstracts: July 28th, 2017



Folk Music as a Fermenting Agent for Composition, Past and Present

Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

in collaboration with

Sigismund Toduţă Doctoral School and the Association of the Composers and




is pleased to announce the Symposium


Folk Music as a Fermenting Agent  for Composition,

Past and Present


hosted by Gheorghe Dima Music Academy on April 27, 2017 and coordinated by musicologist Bianca Ţiplea Temes.

The event is organized within the “Cluj Modern” Festival and features an exciting line-up of contributors, aiming to provide a forum for a dialogue among scholars from various musical standpoints.



 Session 1:   In Bartók’s Wake


William Kinderman (Illinois University) – keynote speaker

Béla Bartók’s Idea of “Idealized Folk Music”: A Community of Peoples “despite all war and strife” 


Vikárius László (Budapest Bartók Archives, Institute for Musicology, Research Centre for the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences; Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music)

Bartók’s Credo: Editing Cantata Profana for the Béla Bartók Complete Critical Edition


István G. Németh (Institute for Musicology, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest)

‘Verbunkos’, Béla Bartók, and Adrian Pop: A Hidden History of Folk Musical Influence


Dan Variu (Gh. Dima Music Academy Cluj-Napoca)

(Pan)Cultural Interference as a Compositional Tool


Pavel Puşcaş (Gh. Dima Music Academy Cluj-Napoca)

Archetype and/or Sonorous Substance


Bianca Ţiplea Temeş (Gh. Dima Music Academy Cluj-Napoca)

Modern Tapestry from Vintage Fabrics: Colindă Baladă by György Kurtág


Session 2:    Folk music worldwide


Feza Tansuğ  (Istanbul)

The Humanely Unison: Beethoven’s Turkish Source of Inspiration in His Chorus of Dervishes


Javier Suárez-Pajares (Universidad Complutense Madrid)

“Folk Traditions and Sources in the Guitar Works of Julián Arcas (1832-1882) and His Contemporaries”


Belén Pérez Castillo (Universidad Complutense Madrid)

From Conflict to Normalization: Two Approaches to the Basque Folk Heritage from the Spanish Concert Music


Nicolae Gheorghiţă (National University of Music Bucharest)

In the Service of Propaganda: Aesthetic Discourses and Musical Genres in the Music of the Romanian People’s Army


Ioan Haplea  (Gh. Dima Music Academy Cluj-Napoca)

Ratios and Proportions in Folklore and in Several Works of Cristian Misievici. The Issue of Privileged Locations in Anonymous and in Cultured Musical Speech


Adrian Pop (Gh. Dima Music Academy Cluj-Napoca)

Did George Enescu Know Romanian Folklore?

REEM Annual Conference 2017

Music and Revolution

Goldsmiths, University of London


On the occasion of the centenary of the Russian revolution, the BASEES Study Group for Russian and Eastern European Music invites proposals for its 2017 conference, to be held at Goldsmiths, University of London, on Friday 15th December. The theme of the conference is ‘Music and Revolution’, and we welcome proposals that deal with a broad range of revolutionary moments in Russia and Central and Eastern Europe: from Decembrists to Bolshevists, from Springs to Singing Revolutions and the collapse of communism.

Possible topics include, but need not be limited to:

  • Music at the time of and in response to revolution
  • Protest music and revolutionary song
  • Sounds and soundscapes of revolution
  • Musical change and continuity post-revolution
  • Politicisation of music
  • Emigration, exile and changing musical landscapes

The conference’s official language is English.

Abstracts of no more than 400 words and short biographical notes (c.200 words) should be sent to reemstudygroup@gmail.com by 1st May 2017. Abstracts will be reviewed and the results announced by mid-June.

REEM has a modest amount of money available to assist speakers, especially postgraduates and those without access to other funds, with the costs of attending. If you would like to be considered for such funding, which is likely to cover only an element of your travel and/or accommodation, please indicate this in your proposal.


Convenors: Tamsin Alexander, Philip Bullock, Pauline Fairclough, Katerina Levidou, Ivana Medić, Danijela Špirić-Beard and Patrick Zuk.

Any enquiries should be sent to reemstudygroup@gmail.com

New Beethoven Research Conference

8-9 November 2017

The Seventh International New Beethoven Research Conference (NBR 7) will take place Wednesday, November 8 and Thursday morning, November 9, at the Ciminelli Lounge of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, prior to the meeting of the American Musicological Society.  We are seeking proposals concerning any new work on Beethoven. Presenters who did not give papers last year at NBR 6 will be given preference.  Talks accepted for the AMS/SMT conference itself may not also be read at this year’s NBR.

Deadline for submissions: June 1, 2017
Scholars, including musicologists, theorists, and performers, are invited to submit proposals (one per author) for individual papers, lecture/demonstrations, or lecture/performances.  Papers and presentations should not exceed 30 minutes.  Additionally, ten minutes will be allotted for discussion.1)  Paper proposals:  submit abstract (350-400 words) and institutional affiliation or status as independent scholar.  Proposals should articulate the most important aspects of the research, discuss the relationship of the new work to previous scholarship, and describe the significance and potential future usefulness of the findings.

2)  Lecture/demonstrations:  submit abstract (limit 400 words), institutional affiliation / status as independent scholar/performer(s), recording of proposed demonstration, and technical requirements.

3)  Lecture/performances:  submit abstract (limit 400 words), title, institutional affiliation / status as independent scholar, length, and program notes.

For all proposals, please indicate keyboard and technical requirements.

Submit abstracts as an attachment in Word or PDF to David Levy:  levy -at- wfu.edu

This conference is sponsored by the University of Alabama, the American Beethoven Society, Wake Forest University, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and the Beethoven-Haus, Bonn, Germany.  Organizers: Joanna Biermann (UA), David Levy (WFU), William Kinderman (UI), William Meredith (American Beethoven Society and San José State University), and Julia Ronge (Beethoven-Haus Bonn).

Musichildren’17 | Music for and by Children: Perspectives from Children, Composers, Performers and Educators

1st International Conference: “Music for and by Children: Perspectives from Children, Composers, Performers and Educators”

October 19th to 21st  2017 | University of Aveiro, Portugal

The University of Aveiro, the Polytechnic Institute, Porto and INET-md (Institute of Ethnomusicology – Centre for Music and Dance Studies) will host the 1st International Conference: “Music for and by Children: Perspectives from Children, Composers, Performers and Educators”, from October 19th to 21st  2017, at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. The keynote-speakers will be Jackie Wiggins (Oakland University) and Dai Fujikura (Royal College of Music).

The main goal of the musichildren’17 conference is to explore aspects of music for children, and music that is created by children. It aims to stimulate discussion, develop ideas, and disseminate research in the fields of Music Composition, Performance and Music Education. This 3 day event will host paper presentations, performances, workshops and discussions from around the world.

Main conference themes

1. Children as performers and audience: A forum that explores and presents research of processes that lead to music performed by children and the processes involved in performing to children.

2. Composing for children: A forum that aims to explore and present research and reflections on factors that contribute to widening repertoire for children and young audiences.

3. Children’s music: A forum that aims to develop new understandings of children’s creativity, and of the particular ways they create their own music, alone or in groups, in formal, non-formal and informal contexts.

Proposals for presentations compatible with the conference theme(s) are invited in any one of the following formats:

• Paper presentations (up to 20 minutes);

• Pre-formed Panel presentations. Please submit abstracts with each named speaker and their institutional affiliation (up to 90 minutes);

• Posters;

• Lecture-recitals (up to 35 minutes). Proposals submissions should specify exact length and be accompanied by a short curriculum of the presenter and links;

• Workshops (up to 60 minutes); Proposals submissions should specify exact length and be accompanied by a short curriculum of the presenter and links;

• Concerts involving children (up to 45 minutes). Proposals submissions should specify exact length and be accompanied by a short curriculum of the presenter and links.

Please note that active participation of children is encouraged in all presentation formats. Children must always be accompanied by an adult.

Authors should submit abstracts of up to 500 words using the online submission system Easy Chair. We recommend that submissions include information on context, theoretical background, methodology and results/findings.

Presentations for the Pre-formed Panel consist of a set of integrated spoken papers relating to a theme. Abstracts submitted in this format should be up to 300 words each. The Chair must also submit an overview, a proposal of 200 words including a general description of the session that includes the purpose, motivation, and justification for the session.

All full submitted papers will be published on the PROA-UA platform (revista.ua.pt).


Abstracts must be received by 26th March 2017.

Presenters will be notified by 2nd May 2017.

Deadline for the full papers submission is 10th September 2017.

General enquiries

General enquiries about registration, travel, lodging should be sent to musichildren@ua.pt

More information

Site: http://musichildren.web.ua.pt

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musichildren

Organising committee 
Sara Carvalho, Clarissa Foletto and Ana Veloso