Church Music and Worship Conference



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

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.



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


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

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

International conference for PhD students

International conference for PhD students

 “Musicology (in)action: Past musics, present practices, future prospects”

 Thessaloniki, 9 – 11 February 2018

 The Department of Music Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Department of Music Science and Art of the University of Macedonia will host, under the auspices of the Hellenic Musicological Society, an international conference for PhD students entitled “Musicology (in)action: Past musics, present practices, future prospects” in Thessaloniki, Greece, from 9 to 11 of February 2018.


Call for papers

In recent years, musicology has tested its boundaries, objects of study, and, indeed, prospected future through the constant questioning of its subfields, themes, and methodological underpinnings. At the same time, this interrogative process has also been one of constant development of new, often interdisciplinary methodological approaches, frequently extending their grasp on new or hitherto neglected musical repertoires. It is this ambiguous state of conditions that the novice in the field of musicological research faces in her/his everyday effort to situate her/his own research within a constantly changing disciplinary environment. This conference aims to bring together fresh ideas of new researchers in an attempt to help them secure their position with respect to the ongoing discourse of musicology’s saga and with an eye to the future prospects of the field.


We welcome proposals of PhD students for 20-minute paper presentations or 40- to 80-minute panel presentations (of up to four participants), addressing a variety of old and new(er) research topics from the broad field of musicology (e.g. historical and cultural musicology, music theory and analysis, ethnomusicology and musical anthropology, music psychology, computational musicology, music philosophy and aesthetics). Proposals on topics that cross the strict intra- or inter-disciplinary boundaries of musicology are also welcomed.

Proposals and inquiries should be submitted to the following email address:


Proposals for paper presentations should include:

– name of participant(s) and institutional affiliation(s)

– abstract (up to 300 words)

– brief CV (up to 100 words)


Proposals for panel presentations should include:

– name of participants and institutional affiliations

– general abstract of proposed panel presentation (up to 300 words)

– individual abstract of each participant’s presentation (up to 300 words)

– brief CV of each participant (up to 100 words)



NOTIFICATION OF APPROVAL: No later than 15 July 2017

PARTICIPATION FEE: PhD students: 50 euros, undergraduate and master’s students: 30 euros


For more information on the reviewing committee, the venue of the conference, etc. please visit the conference’s website (which is under construction):



Chardas Konstantinos

Nika-Sampson Evanthia

Pastiadis Konstantinos

Vouvaris Petros



Kalaitzidou Stamatia

Spanoudakis Dimosthenis

Toumanidou Katerina

Trouka Dimitra

Zlatkou Vasiliki



Apostolou Andreas Foivos

Authentopoulou Despoina

Banteka Dimitra

Diminakis Nikos

Karamanidis Charalampos

Nikolaidis Nikos

Ntousiopoulou Antigoni

Ntovas Christos

Pouris Christos

Roumpi Antonia

Savvidou Charoula

Scarlatou Chrysa

Seglias Zisis

Sidiropoulou Christina

Sotiriadis Theophilos

Tasoudis Dimitris

Music for Liturgy and Devotion in Italy around 1600

Conference, Friday 4th November and Saturday 5th November 2016,
Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, The University of Manchester

Keynote speakers:
Daniele V. Filippi (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis)
Noel O’Regan (Edinburgh College of Art)

New deadline for proposals: 4 September 2016

The decades around the turn of the seventeenth century were marked by a new religious self-consciousness developing within the Catholic world over the course of the latter part of the sixteenth century – usually associated with the Council of Trent and the Counter-Reformation but in fact fuelled by a great diversity of intellectual and religious currents which continue to fuel discussions among historians. Italy, besides being one of the main centres of the Catholic world, was home to an extremely rich musical culture, witnessing in the time around 1600 a huge variety of musical styles designated or adapted to enhance the practice of the faith. Large-scale polychoral works for the Tridentine liturgy existed side-by-side with the more intimate genres of musica spirituale which occasionally straddled the stylistic and functional boundaries to the secular realm.

Fascinatingly diverse, this repertoire has long offered a fruitful field of research for musicologists. However, given its chronological situation in a period transgressing the traditional epochal definitions, study of this music has struggled to find a ‘home’ in the standard historiographical discourse, resulting in a perceivable lack of opportunity for researchers working in this area to communicate their knowledge. This conference aims to respond to this need and to act as a forum of exchange for scholars working on Italian liturgical and devotional music in the decades around 1600.

We welcome proposals for papers in English of 20 minutes duration or performance workshops of 30 minutes. The proposals should include the title, an abstract of no more than 300 words and a short biography (approx. 100 words). The extended deadline is 4 September 2016. Applicants will be notified by 15 September.

Submissions should be emailed to

Inquiries can be directed to Rosemarie Darby and Ginte Medzvieckaite through the contact form on the conference website or using the email address given above.

Magnified & Sanctified: The Music of Jewish Prayer

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 


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 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  (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


Keynote speakers:

Professor Emeritus Eliyahu Schleifer – Jerusalem

Professor Mark Kligman – Los Angeles

Professor Rabbi Jeffrey Summit – nr Boston


Professor Philip Bohlman – Chicago

Professor Edwin Seroussi – Jerusalem



Listening to Early Modern Catholicism. New Perspectives from Musicology

When: July 14-16, 2014
Where: Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
Organizing Committee: T. Frank Kennedy, S.J.; Michael Noone; Daniele V. Filippi
Sponsored by The Jesuit Institute and The Music Department of Boston College

An international group of musicologists will convene at Boston College to discuss the sonic cultures of Early Modern Catholicism (c.1500–1750).
Scholars from nine different countries will demonstrate the unique insights that can be gained about Early Modern Catholicism from the study of music and sound.
Keynote addresses will be offered by John O’Malley, S.J. (Georgetown University), and Robert L. Kendrick (The University of Chicago).
The conference will also feature a round table (chaired by T. Frank Kennedy, S.J.) concerning the role of the Jesuits and their networks in the creation of Catholic soundscapes.

For further information, including the list of participants, the program, and the abstracts, please see

Annual Meeting, Society for Christian Scholarship in Music


Society for Christian Scholarship in Music

Annual Meeting

February 20-22, 2014

Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL

The Society for Christian Scholarship in Music seeks proposals for its upcoming annual meeting, which will take place at Trinity Christian College (Palos Heights, IL), February 20-22, 2014.

Individual papers, panels, and lecture recitals on any topic pertaining to music and Christian scholarship are welcome. Individual papers are 25 minutes long; panels (with three people) are one and a half hours; and lecture-recitals, one hour. We invite submissions representing a variety of approaches and perspectives, including history, ethnomusicology, theory and analysis, philosophy and theology, liturgy, and critical theory.

SCSM encourages submissions from current graduate students. A $250 prize will be awarded for the best paper presented by a graduate student at the 2014 meeting.

The Society for Christian Scholarship in Music (formerly the Forum on Music and Christian Scholarship) is an association of scholars interested in exploring the intersections of Christian faith and musical scholarship. We are an ecumenical association, reflecting the world-wide diversity of Christian traditions, and seeking to learn from scholars outside those traditions. As scholars of Christian convictions, we are dedicated to excellence in all our work as musicologists, theorists, and ethnomusicologists. Conference registration is open to all interested persons: undergraduate and graduate students, as well as independent and affiliated scholars. For more information about SCSM and about previous conferences, see

Please send a 250-word abstract for individual papers and lecture recitals, and a 500-word abstract for panels, including all names, affiliation, and contact information. Send submissions or any questions to The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2013.

Critical Perspectives on Music, Education, and Religion

In recent years, professional and academic discourses in Western music education have been increasingly secularized, distancing policies and practices from religion. A renewed consciousness of cultural diversity in music education, however, has revitalized discussion regarding the nexus of music, education and religion.

The presence of religion in music education contexts is a situation fraught with political, cultural, social, legal, educational, aesthetic, ethical, and religious tensions. This conference will bring together scholars from different disciplines for a critical examination of these complex issues in both theory and practice.

The Sibelius Academy at the University of the Arts Helsinki, invites paper proposals for a conference on August 20-22, 2014 and a subsequent book on topics at the intersection of music, education, and religion.
Papers from relevant perspectives and disciplines such as education, music education, critical pedagogy, musicology, ethnomusicology, religious studies, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, gender studies, policy studies, legal studies, etc. are welcome. Questions to be addressed may include:

• What role, if any, does or should religion play in the teaching and learning of music?
• What role, if any, does or should religious skepticism, agnosticism, atheism and other
varieties of non-belief play in the teaching and learning of music?
• What political, ideological, and historical considerations or matters of race, class, and gender come into play concerning the connections between music, education, and
• What are the considerations and justifications of including/excluding music associated
with religious celebration and rituals as part of school curricula?
• What are the connections between musical aesthetic experience and religious
experience? What might the relevance of these connections be for music education?
• What are the considerations of including/excluding religion in music education with regards to moral or personal development, to social or civic cohesion, or to other aspects of human flourishing?
• How do religious worldviews support or hinder the teaching and learning of music, curricular issues, personal and social development, or ethical beliefs and sensibility?
• How may particular religious traditions such as deist religions, paganism, spirituality, or
shamanism be seen to shape or relate to formal music education.
• How may historical perspectives offer insights on the relations between religions and
music education policy and/or practice?
• How do matters at the intersection of music, education, and religion arise and differ in
the context of the formation of national, regional, or ethnic identities?
• What is the relevance, if any, of questions concerning religious indoctrination, control, and censorship, to teaching and learning
• Are religious, educational, and musical values compatible?
• How do feminist, queer, or racial readings of music, education, and religion complicate
these issues?
• In what ways might popular musics support or subvert religious belief in educational

Please submit by 1 September 2013
• An abstract of maximum 500 words as Word compatible documents. Please DO NOT send pdf documents
• 1 page CV including current contact information
• Authors intending to submit their work to the edited volume should indicate this within
the abstract (e.g., “This paper will also be submitted to the book editors.”
• If you are interested in organizing a symposium, please contact the conference
organizers before submitting an abstract.
• Criteria for acceptance: original, well conducted and reported research, relevant to an
international audience, demonstrating sufficient command of the English language Please submit to:

Organizing Committee:
Heidi Westerlund, Sibelius Academy University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland Alexis Kallio, Sibelius Academy University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland Philip Alperson, Temple University, USA

For further information please visit the website or contact Alexis Kallio at

Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives

Call for Papers (Deadline – 14th December)

Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives Conference

Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, United Kingdom,  1-3 August 2013

Congregational music-making has long been a vital and vibrant practice within Christian communities worldwide. Congregational music reflects, informs, and articulates local convictions and concerns as well as global flows of ideas and products. Congregational song can unify communities of faith across geographical and cultural boundaries, while simultaneously serving as a contested practice used to inscribe, challenge, and negotiate identities. Many twenty-first century congregational song repertories are transnational genres that cross boundaries of region, nation, and denomination. The various meanings, uses, and influence of these congregational song repertoires cannot be understood without an exploration of these musics’ local roots and global routes.

This conference seeks to explore the multifaceted interaction between local and global dimensions of Christian congregational music by drawing from perspectives across academic disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, history, music studies, and theology. In particular, the conference welcomes papers addressing or engaging with one or more of the following six themes:

  • The Politics of Congregational Singing

The choices congregations make to include (or exclude) certain kinds of music in their worship often have significant political ramifications. Papers on this topic may consider: what roles does music play in local congregational politics? How do congregations use musical performance, on the one hand, to build and maintain boundaries, or, on the other, to promote reconciliation between members of differing ethnicities, denominations, regions, or religions?

  • Popular Music in/as Christian Worship 

Christian worship has long incorporated musical styles, sounds, or songs considered ‘popular’ or ‘vernacular.’ To what extent does congregational music-making maintain, conflate, or challenge the boundaries between ‘sacred’ and ‘profane’? How do commercial music industries influence the production, distribution, and reception of congregational music, and, conversely, how do the concerns of congregational singing shape praxis within the realm of commercial music?

  • From Mission Hymns to Indigenous Hymnodies

This theme invites critical exploration of how congregational music has shaped—and been shaped by—Christian missionary endeavours of the past, present, and future. How have colonialism and postcolonialism influenced congregational musical ideologies and practices? Who defines an ‘indigenous hymnody,’ and how has this category informed music-making in the postmissionary church? What does the future of music in Christian missions hold?

  • Congregational Music in the University Classroom

What preconceived notions of Christian beliefs, Christian music-making, or the Christian community do instructors face in the 21st century? What should the study of congregational music involve in the training of clergy and lay ministers? How do the experiences and perspectives of university students challenge the way congregational music is practiced and taught?

  • Towards a More Musical Theology

Though it has been over twenty-five years since Jon Michael Spencer called for the cross-pollination of musicological and theological studies in ‘theomusicology,’ the theological mainstream still rarely pays attention to music. How might acknowledging the diversity of human musical traditions influence theological reflection on ecclesiology, eschatology, or ethics? What might insights from musicology and ethnomusicology bring to bear on contemporary debates within Christian theology?

  • A Futurology of Congregational Music 

Papers on this subtheme will offer creative, considered reflection on the future of congregational music. What new emerging shapes and forms will—or should—congregational worship music take? Will congregational song traditions become more localized, or will they be further determined by global commercial industries? What must scholars do to provide more nuanced, relevant, or critical perspectives on Christian congregational music?

We are now accepting proposals (maximum 250 words) for individual papers and organised panels of three papers.  A link to the online proposal form can be found on the conference website at

Proposals must be received by 14 December 2012.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 28 January 2013, and conference registration will begin on 2 February 2013. Further instructions and information will be made available on the conference website.

Conference Information


All conference sessions will be held at Ripon College Cuddesdon, a theological college affiliated with the University of Oxford. The college is located seven miles south-east of the Oxford city centre and is accessible by car or bus.


Fees for conference registration, room and board will be posted in January.  Ripon College Cuddesdon has extended reasonable rates to make this conference affordable for domestic and international scholars in various career stages.

There are a small number of bursaries available for graduate student presenters. Students interested in being considered for a bursary should tick the box on the paper proposal form.

Conference schedule 

The schedule for the three-day conference maintains a unique balance of presentations from featured speakers, traditional conference panel presentations, roundtable discussions, and film documentary screenings. A draft conference programme will be available in February 2013 on the conference website.

Featured Speakers

The Rev Canon Professor Martyn Percy

Professor of Theological Education, King’s College London

Principal, Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, UK


Dr Zoe Sherinian

Associate Professor and Chair of Ethnomusicology

University of Oklahoma, Norman, USA


Dr Suzel Riley

Reader in Ethnomusicology, School of Creative Arts

Queen’s University, Belfast, UK


Dr Marie Jorritsma

Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa


Dr Amos Yong

J Rodman Williams Professor of Theology

Regent University School of Divinity, Virginia Beach, USA


Dr Gerardo Marti

L Richardson King Associate Professor of Sociology

Davidson College, Davidson, USA


Dr Roberta King

Associate Professor of Communication and Ethnomusicology

Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, USA


Dr Clive Marsh

Director of Learning and Teaching

Institute of Lifelong Learning, University of Leicester, UK


Dr Byron Dueck

Lecturer in Ethnomusicology

Open University, UK


Dr Charles E Farhadian

Associate Professor of World Religions and Christian Mission

Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California


Conference Organisers and Conveners

The Rev Canon Professor Martyn Percy, Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford

Dr Monique Ingalls, University of Cambridge

Tom Wagner, Royal Holloway, University of London

Mark Porter, City University, London

For all programme-related queries, please contact: