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“Above all, music must move the heart...” C. P. E. Bach

The purpose of the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music is to promote the study and performance of music of the eighteenth century. The Society provides a forum where scholars and performers can further their knowledge of music, history and interrelated arts of the period and serves as a resource to facilitate and encourage collaboration.

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The next biennial meeting of the Society
SECM’s eighth biennial conference will take place from Friday to Sunday, 23–25 February 2018 at the Mission San Luis in Tallahassee, FL. Click on the following links for more information and to register.
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The Sterling E. Murray Award for Student Travel, named in honor of SECM’s founding president, was established in 2011 to encourage and enable college and university students currently enrolled as full-time undergraduate or graduate students in accredited academic programs and having career interests that relate to the mission of the Society for Eighteenth- Century Music, to attend the Society’s biennial meetings. The award consists of $500 to support travel expenses as well as a student membership in the Society for one year. Award recipients are announced in the Society’s newsletter and recognized at the meeting that they attend. Further information and an application form can be found here.

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL, 22–25 March 2018

Affiliated Session – Society for Eighteenth-Century Music
The Society for Eighteenth-Century Music will offer a session during the 2108 ASECS meeting, entitled “Musical Intersections”, Douglass Seaton, chair. The program consists of:

“Opera as Memory Machine: Listening Inscription in Eighteenth-Century Pasticci”
Carlo Lanfossi, University of Pennsylvania

“Music for Social Pleasure: The Aesthetics of Hausmusik in the North German Enlightenment”
Kimary Fick, Ph.D., Oregon State University

“The Role of Music Sellers in Seeking Copyright Protection for Musical Compositions in Eighteenth-Century England”
Nancy A. Mace, U.S. Naval Academy

François Couperin: a 350th anniversary symposium
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, UK
9–10 November 2018
Call for papers here.

American Bach Society 2018 meeting at Yale University
“Bach Re-Worked—Parody, Transcription, Adaptation”
26–28 April 2018
ABS web site here.

The Frances Alford Brokaw Grant of the American Bach Society
The Frances Alford Brokaw Grant of $750.00 is awarded annually to an undergraduate student to provide support for research at the Riemenschneider Bach Institute (RBI) at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, OH, on projects relating to Bach or figures in his circle. The award is for a period of residence of one or more weeks to use the RBI’s resources. More information here.

Early Music Conference “Musicking: Cultural Considerations”
CFP Deadline: November 1, 2017
Conference Dates: April 10–14, 2018
Conference Location: University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, Eugene, Oregon
Further details here

Announcement: Eighteenth-century Arts Education Research Network
We are pleased to announce the new Royal Society of Edinburgh-funded Eighteenth-century Arts Education Research Network (EAERN), based in the music subject area of the University of Glasgow. This interdisciplinary network brings together an international community of researchers in music, art, literature, dance, and history to share approaches to investigate eighteenth-century arts educational materials.

The aims of the network are:
To investigate how eighteenth-century arts education has impacted on the development of Western society and the development of artisan institutions such as music conservatories, schools of art, academies of dance and the university institution
To establish a dialogue between interdisciplinary researchers about their current methodological practice when analyzing, deconstructing and using eighteenth-century education materials in practice
Out of these dialogues, to establish new standardized methodologies that utilize cross-disciplinary explorations
The network will establish a seminar series, and three full-day public colloquia.

Please join on Facebook EAERN and on Twitter @EAERNing to stay up to date with workshop details and events. If you would like further details, contact us:

SECM Conference Proceedings

Published by Steglein Publishing, Inc.

2014: 6th Conference in Bethlehem, PA
   •   Music in Eighteenth-Century Culture
2012: 5th Conference in Charleston, SC
   •   Haydn and His Contemporaries II
2010: 4th Conference in Brooklyn, NY
   •   SECM in Brooklyn 2010
2008: 3rd Conference in Claremont, CA
   •   Haydn and His Contemporaries
2006: 2nd Conference in Williamsburg, VA
   •   Genre in Eighteenth-Century Music
2004: 1st Conference in Washington, DC
   •   Music in Eighteenth-Century Life

The “Bononcini Project” of the Fondazione Arcadia promotes the music of Giovanni Bononcini with a web site, an online works catalog and downloadable scores. Further information can be found at their web site.

A list of dissertations currently being written or recently completed on topics pertaining to music in the eighteenth century can be found here.

With the help of the RIT Press and Peter Alexander, the Haydn Society of North America has re-started the HSNA Newsletter, but now as an updatable electronic newsletter that works together with our HAYDN online journal, and has RSS feed capabilities. Please go to and click on HSNA Newsletter to read the current content. To submit items to the newsletter's editor Peter Alexander, send them to

The complete text of Charles Burney’s The Present State of Music in France and Italy, 2nd, corrected edition, (London: T. Becket and Co., 1773), is now available here. Access is free and open to anyone.

SECM members get 20% discount on Eighteenth-Century Music and Journal of Musicology

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