EMR and the Church 

 

 

EMR and the Church 

The organising committee for The English Musical Renaissance and the Church and the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies invite proposals for this one-day conference to be held at Durham University on the 5th November 2018.

We invite researchers to submit proposals engaging with perspectives on the relationship between composers associated with the English Musical Renaissance (EMR) and the church. PhD students are especially welcome to submit presentations. Proposals may address, but need not be limited to, the following topics:

  • EMR composers and hymnody
  • EMR composers and science, especially evolutionary thought
  • EMR composers, revealed and natural theologies
  • EMR composers and the liturgy
  • Analytical approaches to the church music of EMR composers
  • The church music of EMR composers and the long nineteenth century
  • EMR composers, and sacralisation of the secular
  • EMR composers, legacies today

Individual Proposal

Abstracts for a single speaker (20 minutes + 10 discussion) should be 350 words and clearly describe the argument, evidence, and research findings, and situate the work in relation to previous scholarship.

Panel Proposal

Abstracts for 3 speakers (1 hour) or 4 speakers (2 hours) should be 350 words and provide an outline of the main argument, evidence, and research findings of the panel, as well as situating the panel’s work in relation to previous scholarship and articulating how the research contributes to research into Victorian interdisciplinary. The panel organiser should also include an individual proposal abstract for each paper following the guidelines for Individual Proposals, along with each panelist’s contact information. Panel Proposals will be considered only as a whole, the session’s coherence being an essential part of the evaluation process.

Submission information

Please send your proposals as Word documents to cncs@durham.ac.uk no later than the 5th October 2018 (extended deadline). The following format should be used:

  • Name, affiliation (if applicable) and contact details (postal address, email and phone)
  • Type of presentation (individual or panel)
  • Abstract title
  • Audio-visual and other requirements (the following are available: Data projector or large plasma screen; Desktop PC; VGA, HDMI and 3.5mm audio inputs; CD player; DVD player; Visualiser; Piano)
  • Brief biography (150 words)

Conference Website

Church Music and Worship Conference

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Following on the from the success of the York Conference on Church Music held in February 2017, the organising committee for Church Music & Worship invite proposals for this two-day international conference to be held in the Pemberton Rooms at Durham University and Prior’s Hall at Durham Cathedral on the 27 and 28 April 2018.

Our Keynote addresses will be delivered by Professor Jeremy Dibble (Professor in the Department of Music, Durham University) & The Rev’d Dr Maggi Dawn (Dean of Marquand Chapel, and Associate Professor of Theology and Literature, Yale University, USA).

Conference website

 

Call for Papers

We invite researchers and practitioners to submit proposals which engage with a range of methodologies and perspectives on church music and worship, from academic and practice-based viewpoints. Proposals are encouraged on the broad theme of church music and worship which may address, but need not be limited to, the following topics:

  • Church music and liturgy
  • Church music and the media
  • Church music compositional practice
  • Church music, gender, and sexualities
  • Historical perspectives on Church music
  • International perspectives on Church music
  • Theologies of musical worship

Please find information on the next two pages about how to submit a proposal and our supporters. Any questions at all may be directed to the chair of the conference committee, Enya Doyle, at churchmusicandworship@gmail.com

Submission Information

We particularly welcome submissions from postgraduate students.

We also welcome scholars who may want to or have to bring children with them.

Individual Papers

Proposals for papers should be sent as abstracts of not more than 350 words. Individual papers should be 20 minutes in length and will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion.

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Panels

Proposals for organised panels of 3 speakers (1 ½ hours) and 4 speakers (2 hours) should submit a panel abstract (200 words) and individual abstracts (350 words each) in a single document together with the full names and email addresses of the participants. Questions about the organisation of panels should be directed to churchmusicandworship@gmail.com

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The following format should be used for proposals (send in a word doc or pdf):

  1. Name, affiliation (if applicable), and e-mail address;
  2. Type of presentation (paper, lecture recital, panel, or poster);
  3. Title of presentation;
  4. Abstract (350 words max);
  5. Audio-visual and other requirements (the following are available: Data projector or large plasma screen; Desktop PC; VGA, HDMI and 3.5mm audio inputs; CD player; DVD player; Visualiser; Piano)
  6. Brief Biography (150 words)

Questions, queries, and proposals should be sent to the chair of the conference committee, Enya Doyle, at churchmusicandworship@gmail.com

The deadline for proposals is 23:59 on January 15 2018

York Conference on Church Music

Monday 13 – Wednesday 15 February 2017

The planning committee of the York Conference on Church Music would like to invite you to join us on 13th-15th February 2017 in York, UK. This joint venture between the University of York and York Minster seeks to promote and heighten awareness of the academic study, composition, and practical output of church music.

Keynote speakers include Professor Bennett Zon (Durham University), Fr Peter Allan (Principal, Community of the Resurrection), Professor Jonathan Wainwright (University of York), Dr Phillip Cooke (Aberdeen University) and Dr Thomas Hyde (Oxford University), with topics including ‘The theology of Church Music’, ‘Church Music Models for the future’, ‘Girl Choristers’, ‘The Evensong Tradition’, ‘Composition for the Church’ and ‘Worldwide experiences of Church Music’. There will be the opportunity to attend Evensong at York Minster on Monday and Tuesday and to see at close hand the workings of a modern, vibrant choral foundation.

Tickets are available via our Eventbrite site at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/york-conference-on-church-music-2017-tickets-23822798632

For further information on the conference, please visit our website at http://yccm2017.webs.com/ or contact us by email at churchmusic2017@york.ac.uk

York Conference on Church Music is a joint partnership between the University of York Music Department and York Minster.

Liturgical Organ Music and Liturgical Organ Playing in the Long 19th Century

January 20–22, 2016

Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland

INVITATION

The Department of Church Music and the DocMus Doctoral School at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, invite organists, researchers, and students to take part in the conference ”Liturgical Organ Music and Liturgical Organ Playing in the Long 19th Century”, a period extending approximately from the French Revolution to the First World War.

The long 19th century was an era of transition, paradoxes, and conflict in the area of church music. While suffering from the continuing decline in the position of the church and the organ in musical life – a process well under way already in the latter half of the previous century – it also saw the birth of several reform movements relating to liturgy, organ and church music, movements that not only shaped much of the developments in the following century but also have had significant repercussions on present-day practices.

Since the long 19th century has been, until recently, largely neglected in liturgical-musical studies, probably because of its lingering association with “decadence” -inherited from 20th century reformists – we feel that it is now time for a thorough reassessment. It is our hope that the conference ”Liturgical Organ Music and Liturgical Organ Playing in the Long 19th Century” will significantly contribute to this purpose.

The conference offers a varied programme, with presentations in words and music in different formats, in addition to, among other things, reconstructed historical services and a concert with Scandinavian congregational hymns.

Invited keynote speakers include:

Prof. Dr. Michael Heinemann, Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden

Dr. Kurt Lueders, Paris

 

The conference language is English.

Organizing Committee:

Professor Peter Peitsalo (Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki)

Professor Sverker Jullander (Luleå University of Technology)

Professor Karin Nelson (Norwegian Academy of Music)

Lecturer Pekka Suikkanen (Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki)

Dr Per Högberg (University of Gothenburg)

Coordinator of Doctoral Studies Markus Kuikka (Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki)

MA, MMus Martti Laitinen (Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki)

 

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

Proposals are invited for papers (20 minutes presentation + 10 minutes discussion), lecture-recitals (40 minutes + 15 minutes discussion) and panel sessions (50 minutes). Topics as they relate to the main themes of the conference include, but will not be limited to:

  • purposes of organ playing in liturgy
  • dissemination of repertoire and stylistic ideals through printed collections of liturgical organ music
  • transnational and interdenominational influences
  • liturgical organ music as expression of national identity
  • folk music influences
  • liturgical organ playing as expression of power
  • performance practice issues: hymn playing, plainchant accompaniment, the impact of different organ types
  • forms, functions and models of liturgical organ improvisation
  • church music reform movements, the Bach revival, historical models, changes in liturgical ideals
  • echoes of liturgical organ practice in non-liturgical music
  • comments on liturgical organ playing in the writings of philosophers, theologians, and ecclesiastical authorities as well as in fiction
  • musical representations of aesthetic concepts such as transcendence and the sublime
  • implications of 19th century practices for today’s liturgy and liturgical organ playing.

Proposal writers are encouraged to focus on continuities, transitional phases, and processes of change in Protestant and Roman Catholic church music, as well as Nordic aspects.

Presentations will be held in the Organo Hall of the Helsinki Music Centre (www.musiikkitalo.fi/en/spaces/organo), which has three organs (www2.siba.fi/organo): one by Forster & Andrews from 1892 (III+P/29); one by Verschueren from 1994, built along the lines of North German and Dutch baroque tradition (II+P/26); and one by an unknown Italian builder from the 18th century (I/9). In addition, historical organs in nearby churches will be used during the conference, e.g., the main organ of the St. John’s Church (Johanneksenkirkko, Johanneskyrkan), built by E. F. Walcker & Co in 1891 and restored by Christian Scheffler in 2005 (III+P/66).

All proposals must include the following:

  1. an abstract of maximum 500 words, including information on the type of presentation proposed
  2. a short CV with contact information (for panel sessions, CVs for all panel members, and for lecture-recitals, CVs for all participating musicians, are required
  3. In addition, proposals for lecture-recitals must include: a detailed programme for the music to be performed (composers, work titles, composition years, opus numbers or equivalent)

Please, fill in the online submission form at the conference website and submit it as instructed. The submission time is April 10 – June 5, 2015.

All who submit proposals will be notified of the committee’s decision on acceptance by July 1, 2015.

For further information, please contact:

Peter Peitsalo, DMus, Professor, peter.peitsalo(at)uniarts.fi

Markus Kuikka, DMus, Coordinator, markus.kuikka(at)uniarts.fi

website: http://sites.siba.fi/en/web/organ-and-mass-communication/home