International Conference. Corfu, Greece, 17-19 November 2017
2017 marks for opera in Greece four anniversaries: the centenary since the passing of Spiros Samaras (1861-1917), the bicentenary since the birth of two important Greek opera composers, Spiridon Xyndas (1817-1896) and Domenikos Padovas (1817-1892), as well as the 150 years since the premiere of the opera O ypopsifios [The Parliamentary Candidate] (1867, music by Xyndas and libretto by Ioannis Rinopoulos), which was both the first full-scale opera in Greek and the pivotal point for the emergence of opera in Greek language.
The Hellenic Music Research Lab of the Music Department of the Ionian University and Corfu Philharmonic Society on the occasion of the aforementioned anniversaries organize the international conference entitled Opera and the Greek World during Nineteenth Century, which is going to take place in Corfu, Greece, on 17, 18 and 19 November 2017.
Corfu, the seat of the Ionian University, was the birthplace of the three aforementioned composers. The San Giacomo theatre of Corfu, the earliest theatrical stage of the region, hosted opera performances already since 1733, contributing decisively to the dissemination of opera within the Greek world during 19th century. Moreover, Xyndas, Padovas and Samaras presented in the same theatre their operas. Xyndas in 1840 was also one of the initial founders and professors of the Corfu Philharmonic Society and he dedicated to it certain of his operas. Padovas also taught harmony and music theory in the Philharmonic, in 1857 he dedicated to it his opera Dirce and since 1884 he was appointed the Society’s artistic director. Samaras, a student of Xyndas during his early music training, had multiple connections with the Philharmonic Society and had been its honorary artistic director since 1889.
Given the above, the conference will not be confined solely to the lives and the works of the aforementioned composers, but it will focus on matters regarding the place, the reception, the importance and the formative factors of the operatic activity within the Greek world during the “long nineteenth century”. With these in mind, some indicative themes of the conference are proposed to be;
- Spiros Samaras: life and work
- Spiridon Xindas: life and work
- Domenikos Padovas: life and work
- The activities of the Italian opera troupes in the Greek areas (singers, musicians, impresarios, repertory etc)
- The activities of the French opera troupes in the Greek areas
- The activities of the Greek opera troupes
- Opera in the Greek communities of Diaspora (Trieste, Odessa, Alexandria, Smyrna, Constantinople etc)
- Opera in the Greek urban centres
- Institutions of operatic activity
- The reception of opera in the Greek world
- Subjects related to Greece in the 19th-century opera
The official languages of the opera are Greek, Italian and English.
Scholars and researchers interested to participate in the conference are asked to submit their abstracts (250 words) and short biographical notes (100 words) for papers of no more than 20 minutes. Themed sessions of 60 minutes can also be proposed (Abstract of 450 words and Bios of 100 words).
There are no fees for the participation or the attendance of the conference.
The final date for the proposals’ submission is 31 December 2016.
The abstracts and the biographical notes should be sent until the above date in the following email: email@example.com
The Official website of the conference is: http://users.ionio.gr/~GreekMus/operaconf2017/eng.htm
The conference’s programme will be finalized by 1 March 2017.
Prof. Haris Xanthoudakis
Prof. Anastasia Siopsi
A. Prof. Panos Vlagopoulos
A. Professor Avra Xapapadakou
With the contribution of a most distinguished faculty, the Orpheus Academy for Music and Theory 2016 will discuss recent developments that are challenging the debate around the work-concept (Goehr), the question of the autonomy of music (Hindrichs), the canonical tendency of past musical pieces (Dorschel), new ontologies (Davies), the potentialities emerging from editorial and performative practices (Rink), and a new image of work inspired by the notion of multiplicity and pointing towards
a domain specific assemblage theory (Assis).
- Lydia Goehr, Columbia University, New York, US
- David Davies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
- Andreas Dorschel, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG), Graz, Austria
- Gunnar Hindrichs, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
- John Rink, St John’s College, Cambridge, UK
Paulo de Assis
CALL FOR PAPERS
Department of Music, The University of Sheffield, in partnership with the Institute of Musical Research.
Friday 8th April 2016.
This one-day, interactive choral conference is being convened in the Department of Music at the University of Sheffield, with funding from The Institute of Musical Research. The aim of the event is to provide a forum for researchers to present their work on choral practice, performance and pedagogy. This conference is designed to provide opportunities for demonstrating the impact of current research in a way which emphasizes practical applications alongside pedagogical approaches to choral rehearsal and performance.
Submissions are invited for sessions with a strong participatory element, and potential for a high level of audience engagement. Proposals from Early Career Researchers are particularly encouraged (see below for details of a limited number of travel bursaries which may be awarded to eligible ECRs).
Sessions may take the form of practical demonstrations, masterclasses, performances or workshops (45 minutes maximum), which are related to the presenter’s original research, or which interrogate choral concepts and philosophies derived from the researcher’s review of the literature. Subjects may include:
- Choral leadership and conductor training
- Group dynamics in the choral context
- Choral learning processes and rehearsal strategies
- Choral repertoire and performance practices
- Choral inclusion and diversity
- Topics related to community singing or community projects involving group singing activities
Shorter spoken papers (20 minutes, including 5 minutes for questions) are also invited, preferably including a practical, participatory or performance element. Subjects for round-table discussions or panels (30 minutes maximum) may also be suggested, with the aim of sharing knowledge, experience, research findings and potential applications among participants. Presentations, demonstrations and workshops may be related to research on group singing in any context, and to any type or size of choral ensemble. A repertoire exchange will be included in the programme, so delegates will be encouraged to bring a song or vocal warm up to share.
Bursaries for Early Career Researchers: There will be a limited number of travel bursaries, funded by the Institute of Musical Research, to assist ECRs to present their work at this conference. Applications for bursaries are encouraged from ECRs who are within three years of completing their PhD, and who do not hold an academic post which provides access to conference funding.
Bursary applications should include:
- A note of the applicant’s PhD completion date
- Confirmation that the applicant does not currently have access to funding for conference attendance
- An accurate indication of the travel costs that will be involved in attending this conference
- A short biography (c. 200 words)
Submissions: Please send abstracts (c. 300 words), along with applications for travel bursaries, to Dr Michael Bonshor: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closing date for submissions and bursary applications is January 15th 2016. All proposals should include the name and email address of the presenter, institutional affiliation (if applicable), and details of any AV requirements for the session.
Keynote Speaker: Emily Wilbourne
Saturday, March 26, 2016 [9:30am — 9:00pm]
Silver Center for Arts and Sciences, New York University
Call for Papers:
This is a call for the provocative, the experimental, the radical, the “fringe.” Without constantly pushing boundaries, fields are in danger of becoming stale, or worse, regressive. We invite graduate students of all disciplines to submit abstracts that meditate on an indecent musicology. Formal papers are welcome in addition to innovative, interdisciplinary, and unconventional presentations. Papers and presentations will be 20 minutes in length with 10 additional minutes designated for questions; performances and unconventional presentations will be 45 minutes. Composers are responsible for their own musicians and equipment. The following are merely suggestions:
- “Blasphemology” and manifestations of lewdness
- Pataphysical and supranatural meditations on music
- Intersections of indecency, race, law, music, sexuality, sociality, performativity, etc.
- Constructions of radical obscenity, perversions, and indecency in music
- Phenomenology of indecent musical exposure
Submission Deadline: Monday, January 25, 2016
All proposals (paper, performance, composition) must include the following:
- An anonymous abstract of no more than 300 words sent as a PDF attachment to email@example.com. Make sure you have omitted any metadata that would identify you (e.g. author’s name, institution, author tags). Footnotes will be included in the word count. Please submit no more than 3 pages of supplementary materials. Please title your attachment: PaperTitle.pdf
- A cover letter that includes the title of the presentation, the format of the presentation (e.g. paper, performance, etc.), applicable institutional affiliation, phone number, email address, and AV equipment requests.
Applicants will be notified by email no later than February 8, 2016. Upon acceptance, presenters will be asked to send a final draft of their abstract for publication in the conference program.
For questions, please contact the conference chair, Marcus Ryan Pyle, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Musical Cartographies: The Harvard Graduate Music Forum Conference, 2016
29-30 January 2016
Harvard University Department of Music
Keynote: Arun Saldanha (University of Minnesota)
Call for Proposals
This interdisciplinary conference investigates the relationship between music and the organization of space. Approaching the topic from the perspectives of both scholarly inquiry and creative practice, we will ask how music has been implicated in mappings of physical and conceptual spaces and how spatial mappings have functioned as ways of thinking about musical sound.
Topics for consideration include but are not limited to:
Geography, power, and identity:
- How have historically and culturally contingent geographical formations conditioned music’s production, dissemination, and reception?
- How does music intersect with geographically-mediated categories such as race, nation, and ecology?
- How do issues of diaspora, migration, and stateless peoples complicate the relationships we draw between music and geography?
Representations of sound, time, and musical form:
- How have music-theoretical models mapped domains such as pitch, timbre, and gesture?
- How is map-and path- making implicated in music cognition and the phenomenology of listening, and how might models such as cognitive mapping shed light on these processes?
- How might we think of musical notation and other visual representations of music as forms of cartography?
Practices and technologies:
- How do scholars and creative practitioners draw and contest disciplinary, aesthetic and conceptual boundaries—for instance, between academic fields, between art forms, or between the “musical” or “extra-musical”?
- How do composers, performers, and sound artists creatively organize the physical and conceptual spaces in which they work?
- How have technologies been implicated in mapping musical spaces, and how have new media technologies altered the shape, nature, and limits of such spaces?
We welcome submissions from current graduate students exploring these issues from the perspectives of both research and practice. We seek proposals on all repertoires, musical practices, and historical periods from a broad array of disciplinary and methodological perspectives.
Formats for presentation include:
- 20-minute papers, audiovisual presentations, or exploratory text works, with 10 minutes for discussion
Please submit abstracts of a maximum of 350 words and, where appropriate, up to 4 additional pages for figures. Please add a short statement regarding AV requirements.
- 30-minute composers’ colloquia, performances, or lecture-recitals, with 15 minutes for discussion
Please submit details of the work to be presented in a maximum of 350 words and, where appropriate, links to downloads (via Dropbox, WeTransfer, Google Drive etc.) of relevant sound recordings, scores, and/or supplementary documentation.
In addition to the above questions, composers and performers might consider:
- What role does space play in your conceptualization of musical form? In your approach to musical performance?
- What is mapped during composition or performance? This could include time, coincidence, relationships, physical space, and other parameters.
- How do you relate in your work to geographical categories such as race, nation, and ecology? Likewise, how do you relate to conceptual boundaries such as those between genres, art forms, or historical periods?
- How do your creative practices challenge existing ways of mapping musical sound?
Deadline for the proposal: 17 November 2015
Please send submissions to: email@example.com
For more information, please visit: http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/gmf2016/home
FIFTH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE
HISTORICAL KEYBOARD SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA (HKSNA)
21-23 MARCH 2016
Oberlin College’s Conservatory of Music (Ohio, USA) will host the fifth annual meeting of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America (HKSNA) from Monday, 21 March, to Wednesday, 23 March 2016. The meeting’s theme “The Compleat Keyboardist: harpsichord, fortepiano, organ, clavichord, continuo” hopes to inspire us with the variety of instruments played by our forefathers and foremothers.
Three days of morning and afternoon events (Monday to Wednesday) will include papers, lecture-recitals, mini-recitals, and an exhibition of publications, recordings, and contemporary instrument makers’ work. Proposals for individual presentations or for themed sessions with multiple participants on any subject relating to historical keyboard instruments, their use and repertories from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century, are welcome.
*Of special note: Oberlin College will also host the Eighth Jurow International Harpsichord Competition during 22-24 March 2016. For more details, visit: http://historicalkeyboardsociety.org/2016-jurow-competition/.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Please submit proposals by electronic means only, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 September 2015. Individual presentations will be limited to 25 minutes. For papers and themed sessions, submit a one-page abstract attached to the e-mail as a Microsoft Word document. For mini-recitals and lecture-recitals, submit complete program information and a representative recording as an internet link or as an attached MP3 file. For performers not intending to bring their own instruments or to make arrangements to use exhibitors’ instruments, instruments will be available, based on needs for the Jurow harpsichord competition; see list below. All proposals must include short biographical statements (250 words or less) for all presenters and indicate any audio-visual/media needs.
Notification of accepted proposals will be made by 31 October 2015. Presenters must be members of HKSNA and must register for the conference. Presenters must also cover their own travel and other expenses. Further information, as it becomes available, will be posted on the website of HKSNA (www.historicalkeyboardsociety.org).
Lisa Goode Crawford
Frances Conover Fitch
Webb Wiggins, chair
* * *
Below is a list of Oberlin Conservatory’s Historical Performance Program keyboard instruments; not all may be available for use in your proposal due to use in the Jurow harpsichord competition or hall availability.
Richard Kingston double, 1990
Keith Hill double, 1987
John G. P. Leek double, 1975
William Dowd double, 1969
Willard Martin single, 1979
Zuckermann double after Moermans, 2007
Robert Myerly single, 1989
Willard Martin single, 1979
John Phillips double after Gräbner, 2014
William Dowd double after Mietke, 1986 (Wiggins)
David Sutherland, 1983
Anderson Dupree, 1982
William Dowd, 1965 (A=415/440/463)
Edward Kottick muselar (mother & child), 2004 (A=440)
Willard Martin muselar, 1973 (A=415)
potential Owen Daly Italian, 2016 (A=463)
Gerrit Klop chamber organ, 1985 (8’ 4’ 2 2/3’ 2’ flutes, 8’ wooden principal treble only)
Robert Byrd chamber organ, 1990’s (8’ 4’ 2’ flutes)
D. A. Flentrop chamber organ, 1956
D. A. Flentrop three-manual North European organ in Warner Concert Hall, 1974
C. B. Fisk three-manual late-Romantic organ in Finney Chapel, Op. 116
John Brombaugh two-manual early 17th century meantone organ in Fairchild Chapel, 1981
Joel Speerstra pedal and two-manual clavichord, c. 2006
Gough unfretted 5-octave clavichord, c.1964
Zuckermann “King of Sweden” fretted 4-octave clavichord, 2009
Thomas & Barbara Wolf after Dulcken, Viennese, 5-octave + 2 notes (FF-g’’’), c. 1990’s
Paul McNulty after Walter, Viennese, 5-octave + 2 notes (FF-g’’’), c. 2005
Anton Zierer fortepiano, Viennese, 6 ½-octave (CC-g’’’’), c. 1829
Broadwood parlor grand piano #5418, 7-octave (85 notes), c. 1865
A Contact Zone for the Reconsideration of Musicological Methods
Annual Conference of the Austrian Society for Musicology (ÖGMW) 2015
University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG)
November 18–21, 2015
Christian Utz (chair); Klaus Aringer, Christa Brüstle, Federico Celestini, Martin Eybl, Werner Goebl, Gerd Grupe
Call for Papers [download]
Processes of musical performance are increasingly the focus of musicological attention. The discourse on the relevance of an aural interpretation for a contemporary understanding of music from the past was triggered by the trend towards historically-informed performance practice that developed from the 1960s onwards. Further “performative turns” in aesthetics, literature and theatre studies did not, however, bring about major repercussions in musicology until the 1990s. Together with an enhanced interest in the history of reception and performance, these developments finally contributed to an understanding of musical works not solely as objects of contemplation but also as frameworks for a “performance culture”. Parallel developments in technology enabled recordings to be used broadly as fundamental research material, often in performance-oriented corpus studies.
Nevertheless, the question of the position of musical analysis, as a traditional musicological tool, in the face of this methodological integration of performance and sound remains unresolved. Conventional approaches that considered musical analyses to be “guidelines” for performance have been decidedly refuted since the 1990s, culminating in Carolyn Abbate’s categorical separation of “drastic” musical experiences through live performances and “gnostic” interpretations based on established musicology and analysis. Recently, a more differentiated approach to this field of tension has emerged, paradigmatically represented in Nicholas Cook’s extensive concept of “music as performance”. Increasingly, the term “performance” is understood to encompass not only live situations but also various forms of medially-documented performances.
How can intuitive knowledge applied and gained in performances (as documented in “arts-based research”, for instance) and analytically-substantiated musicological insights synergize fruitfully? This question may be approached from diverse research traditions: along with the studies on reception and performance history that have been carried out over the course of several decades, the historical and systematic methods of British Performance Studies (including the research projects CHARM 2004–2009 and CMPCP 2009–2014), empirical research e.g. in Performance Science (international symposia/ISPS since 2007), and performance-oriented analytical methods, the rediscovery of structural analysis in ethnomusicology (in the journal Analytical Approaches to World Music, among others) has also shed new light on the field of performance, which had always been of central importance to that discipline.
Abstracts submitted for the annual conference of the Austrian Society for Musicology 2015 may thus feature any area of musicology and should address current research on the relationship between analysis, interpretation and performance as a challenge for reconsidering musicological methods.
Section 1: The Presence of Historical Sound
Section 2: Listening to the Twentieth Century: Musical Performance in the Era of Analysis
Section 3: Analyzing Interpretations and Interpreting Analyses
Section 4: Performance and Analysis in Non-Western Musical Genres
Section 5: Performance, Analysis and Empirical Research Methods
Kai Köpp (Bern University of the Arts)
Joshua Rifkin (Boston University)
John Rink (University of Cambridge)
Renee Timmers (University of Sheffield)
Sarah Weiss (Yale University / YaleNUSCollege Singapore)
Abstracts for papers (up to 500 words) and poster presentations (up to 300 words) may be submitted by e-mail to oegmw2015(at)kug.ac.at until May 31, 2015. The abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by a jury. Notification of papers accepted will be made by July 15, 2015.
AHRC “Care for the Future” Theme, Performing the Jewish Archive
University of Leeds, UK, Tuesday 16 – Friday 19 June 2015
For the first time in Britain an International Academic Conference is being devoted to the music of Jewish prayer. Internationally acclaimed scholars in Jewish liturgical music will lead the programme presented jointly by the School of Music, University of Leeds and the Academic Wing of the European Cantors Association. The conference is organised in association with the international research project Performing the Jewish Archive, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
- Professor Emeritus Eliyahu Schleifer, Professor of Sacred Music and Director of the School of Sacred Music at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem
- Professor Mark Kligman, Professor of Jewish Music University of California, Los Angeles
- Professor Rabbi Jeffrey Summit, Research Professor, Tufts University, nr Boston
CALL FOR PAPERS
The English music scholar Percy Scholes wrote in the Oxford Companion to Music: ‘Throughout the ancient history of the Jewish people we find music mentioned with a frequency that perhaps exceeds that of its mention in the history of any other people. Music not only impresses itself on the daily life of the Jewish people through religious observance, but it is a dominant feature of the Jews’ cultural expression of their own milieu over centuries and more recently of the wider community in which they live. Music for the Jews is an indelible part of their existence’.
This conference will explore recent research into aspects of Jewish liturgical music. This could include Hebrew Psalmody, Cantillation, Jewish modes and melodies, Piyyutim, Missinai Tunes and synagogue composition, both cantorial and choral in areas where Jewish communities have flourished across the globe and through the centuries. It will also examine current trends and issues and the interface between Jewish liturgical music and the musics of the wider Christian, Muslim and other societies.
Proposals for 20-minute papers with 10 minutes for discussion (which may include relevant musical presentations) are invited. Papers that make use of original archival sources, or that reinterpret known sources, will be particularly welcome, though all relevant areas of investigation will be considered. We also invite suggestions for round table sessions of c.60 or 90 mins.
THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF THE CONFERENCE IS ENGLISH. It is envisaged that selected papers will be published in a volume of proceedings.
PLEASE SEND AN ABSTRACT OF up to 300 WORDS by 10 November 2014, to the Conference Director, Dr Stephen Muir S.P.K.Muir@leeds.ac.uk. Your proposal should include the title of your presentation, your name and institutional affiliation and contact details, and a biography of up to 150 words. Please indicate whether your presentation includes live or recorded musical illustrations, and the technical support required.
THE PROGRAMME COMMITTEE will make its decisions by 10 December 2014, and contributors will be informed soon thereafter.
SABBATH AND EUROPEAN CANTORS CONVENTION All delegates to the International Conference are invited to join with the European Cantors Convention in special choral Sabbath with guest cantors and choirs on Friday night 19 and Saturday 20 June. Delegates might also like to attend the Convention which will take place immediately following on Sunday 21 and Monday 22 June.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, please contact the Conference Director Stephen Muir S.P.K.Muir@leeds.ac.uk (Information about the programme, registration fees, travel and accommodation will be announced by the end of December 2014). Bursaries covering all or part of the conference fee may be offered to students.
Dr Stephen Muir Senior Lecturer in Music, School of Music University Leeds
Dr Alexander Knapp Head, ECA Academic Wing. Research Associate, Department of Music SOAS University of London (retired Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music, SOAS),
Dr Malcolm Miller Associate Fellow of the Institute of Musical Research, University of London
Geraldine Auerbach MBE Conference coordinator
INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD INCLUDES
Professor Emeritus Eliyahu Schleifer – Jerusalem
Professor Mark Kligman – Los Angeles
Professor Rabbi Jeffrey Summit – nr Boston
Professor Philip Bohlman – Chicago
Professor Edwin Seroussi – Jerusalem
2015 International Conference of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America
May 21-24, 2015
The Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Montreal, Canada
CALL FOR PAPERS AND PERFORMANCES
The Historical Keyboard Society of North America (HKSNA) and the Schulich School of Music of McGill University (Montreal, Canada) are pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the Fourth Annual Meeting of HKSNA:
“French Connections: Networks of Influence and Modes of Transmission of French Baroque Keyboard Music”
The conference will be held at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, from May 21 to 24, 2015.
Details of the Event and Requirements for Presenters:
The conference aims to deepen understanding of French baroque keyboard music, its style, influence, transmission, and the different teaching traditions that nourished it. Although it is difficult to speak of a single French baroque keyboard style, it remains true that the grand siècle generated a musical classicism cultivated by keyboardists not only in France but transnationally. Often, the terms ‘baroque’ and ‘classical’ are used interchangeably in relation to both the repertoire and instruments of the period.
A special section of the conference is dedicated to the internationally-renowned organist and pedagogue, John Grew, Professor Emeritus at McGill University and an expert of the French baroque organ and harpsichord repertoires.Concerts by guest keyboard performers will also be offered to conference participants and the general public, and master classes will be open to qualified students and participants.
The programme committee encourages submissions of individual papers, round-table discussions, group sessions, lecture-recitals, mini-recitals, and multimedia demonstrations on the following topics as they relate to French baroque keyboard music and historical keyboards:
- Networks of influence within and beyond France;
- Pedagogical treatises and other sources of transmission;
- Legacies and influence of composers or groups of composers and performers;
- Repertoires, genres, and contexts of performance;
- Connections with other media such as literature and art;
- Instruments and builders;
- Patronage and politics;
- New perspectives or insights into le goût français.
Although the principal theme for this year’s international conference is French baroque keyboard music, proposals of presentations outside or peripheral to this theme, including contemporary repertoires and issues for historic keyboard instruments, are also welcome and will be accommodated if possible.
Available instruments include single- and double-manual harpsichords by Yves Beaupré, Willard Martin, Frank Hubbard and William Post Ross, clavichords and a fortepiano, and, on May 21 only, the French-classical organ by Hellmuth Wolff in Redpath Hall.
Submission procedure. Abstracts of no more than 400 words excluding titles must be received by 5 p.m. EST on 30 September, 2014. Only one proposal per presenter or group of presenters can be chosen.
Lecture-recital, mini-recital, and multimedia demonstration proposals must also include a sample recording, provided via internet link or as an attached MP3 file.
All proposals, whether they be for papers, lecture-recitals, mini-recitals, multimedia demonstrations, round tables or group sessions, must include short biographical statements for all presenters. Presentations should last no longer than 25 minutes.
- Presenters must be members of HKSNA. Presenters must also register for the conference and cover their own travel and other expenses.
Presenters whose proposals are chosen will be invited to revise their abstracts for the conference program. Results will be transmitted to presenters by 30 October, 2014. Please send your proposal abstracts directly to email@example.com.
Frances Conover Fitch
Of special note: This year, HKSNA hosts the Ninth Aliénor International Harpsichord Composition Competition. For more details: http://historicalkeyboardsociety.org/competitions/alienor-competition/.