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Society for Eighteenth-Century Music Eighth Biennial Conference

February 22–25, 2018, Tallahassee, Florida

The eighth biennial conference of the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music will be hosted by the Florida State University at Mission San Luis in Tallahassee on February 22–25, 2018.

We invite proposals for papers and presentations on all aspects of eighteenth-century music, including those that highlight Tallahassee’s location near the Gulf Coast by exploring the greater Atlantic world as well as the history of music in colonial missions. Presentations may be traditional papers of 25 minutes (35-minute slot), work-in-progress presentations of 10 minutes (20-minute slot), panels (45 minutes) or lecture recitals (up to 45 minutes). Preference will be given to those who did not present at the 2016 meeting in Austin. All presenters must be current members of SECM.

Submit your proposal (250 words) as an e-mail attachment to the chair of the program committee, Drew Edward Davies. The deadline for proposals is October 30, 2017. Only one submission per author will be considered. Please provide a cover sheet and proposal in separate documents. The cover sheet should contain your name, e-mail address, phone number, and proposal title. The proposal should contain only the title, abstract, and audio-visual requirements. The committee’s decision will be announced in mid-November.

Students are encouraged to apply for the Sterling E. Murray Award for Student Travel; the application form and instructions can be downloaded here. The application deadline is November 1, 2017. The SECM Student Paper Award will be given to a student member for an outstanding paper presented at the conference.

“Mozart and Modernity”
Call for papers
The Mozart Society of America’s seventh biennial conference, “Mozart and Modernity,” will take place from Friday to Sunday, 20–22 October 2017 at the University of Western Ontario. The conference aims to address questions about the place of Mozart’s music in the modern world, whether as expressed in performance or in scholarship. Above all, it considers how an appreciation of Mozart’s music, which relies so heavily on the authority of beauty and the availability of convention, can be sustained in a modern critical climate where beauty and convention have lost some of their cultural command.
In addition to the slate of free papers, the conference will offer several special events. On the eve of the conference itself (Thursday 19 October), Robert B. Pippin, of the University of Chicago, will speak on Hitchcock and modernism. Later, a round-table will be convened on Wye Allanbrook’s Secular Commedia. Finally, we are fortunate to have two performances. One, by UWO’s resident piano quartet, Ensemble Made in Canada, will offer a program pairing the G-minor Piano Quartet with Jean Lesage’s 2006 piano trio, “Le projet Mozart.” The other is a theater production or reading, mounted by UWO’s Theatre Studies program, involving a play related to Mozart.
For individual papers and the Allanbrook round-table, please submit electronic abstracts of up to 300 words; for full or half-sessions, please follow AMS guidelines (a 300-word abstract for each individual paper as well as for the entire session). No individual may present more than once. All proposals should be sent to the program chair, Edmund Goehring (, by 5 P.M, Monday 24 April 2017. Participants must be members of the Society at the time the conference is held.

Eighteenth-Century Flute Chamber Music International Study Day
Genoa, Conservatorio di musica “N. Paganini”
October, 28th 2017
Call for papers
In 2013, the German flautist and musicologist Nikolaus Delius donated his entire music collection to “N. Paganini” Conservatory of music of Genoa. The Dono Delius includes a sizeable body of materials, divided into different sections: essays, printed music, copies of manuscripts and ancient editions, study materials, and a collection of CDs. The Dono Delius catalogue can be accessed to the web page Recently, research activities based on the Dono Delius have progressively increased: the realization of several study days, seminars, workshops and concerts has fostered the creation of a Study Centre for students, flautists and musicologists, with the purpose to encourage a deeper understanding of several outstanding questions concerning the flute and its literature.
The 2017 Study Day focuses on exploring the role of the flute in eighteenth-century chamber music, with particular emphasis on the repertoire for trio, quartet and quintet, with strings or winds. The Study Day is supported by the Società Italiana di Musicologia.
We invite proposals for papers under the following and related themes:
– The flute in Italian and European eighteenth-century chamber music
– The instrumental music for flute trio/quartet/quintet, with strings or winds
– The chamber music with flute written by a specific composer
– Relationships/parallelisms between Italian and European chamber music with flute
– New information and investigations on the sources
Scholars who wish to consult the documents of Dono Delius are required to contact the curator Mara Luzzatto at the address
The Study Day languages, as well as the languages for the abstracts, are Italian and English. Proposals for individual papers (20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion), should be sent as abstracts to
The proposal must be accompanied by
– Name, contact details (postal address, e-mail and telephone number) and (if applicable) affiliation of the author.
– Proposal title.
– Abstract of max. 500 words describing the content of the paper.
– A short CV (max. 15 lines)
– Equipment needed for presentations (data projector, CD player, DVD player, etc.)
The deadline for submitting the abstracts is June 30th 2017. Authors will be contacted by July 31th 2017 with the acceptance decisions. A selection of contributions will be developed for publication.
There is no fee for the participation to the Study Day. Participants should bear costs for travel and accommodation.
For further information contact
Scientific Committee:
Mara Luzzatto (Conservatorio di Genova, Curator of Dono Delius), Mariateresa Dellaborra (Conservatorio di Piacenza, Società Italiana di Musicologia), Luisa Curinga (Conservatorio di Fermo, Università degli Studi di Macerata)

Early Music Conference “Musicking: Improvisation, Ornamentation, and Variation”
CFP Deadline: November 1, 2016
Conference Dates: May 23-27, 2017
University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, Eugene, Oregon

The goal of the musicking conference is to stimulate student and community interest in early music and historical performance practice studies by offering five days of academic scholarship, educational performance classes, and a variety of performances that will be free and open to all students and community members. Paper sessions will be organized around five specific topics:
In addition to the five panel topics, the conference invites proposals for participation in a round-table discussion: FOLLOW THE MONEY: EARLY MUSIC, IMPROVISATION, AND CULTURAL HERITAGE.

This year, the musicking conference also invites proposals for LECTURE PERFORMANCES. Proposals should be for programs 30–45 minutes in length, and should be designed to engage audiences in an informal and intimate setting. Proposals should include a short concert/lecture description and music selection, and should include an mp3 audio file or link displaying the performer's musical ability

Applicants are encouraged to blur the academic distinctions of musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, education, modern performance practices, historical performance practice, and other academic fields, and consider the conference topics through a lens of musicking, in all its possible facets. All proposals should be sent by Tuesday, 1 November 2016 through the musicking website. Please visit for complete submission instructions.

For more information about the musicking conference, please visit

Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Minneapolis, MN, March 30–April 2, 2017
CFP deadline: Friday, September 15, 2016

The Society for Eighteenth-Century Music (SECM) session at the annual conference of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) will have as its topic, “Rethinking Difference in Eighteenth-Century Music” (session chairs: Melanie Lowe, Vanderbilt University, and Olivia Bloechl, UCLA).

In the wake of the recent collection, Rethinking Difference in Music Scholarship (eds. Bloechl, Lowe, and Kallberg, Cambridge University Press, 2015), this session invites papers that explore reconfigurations of difference within the discipline of musicology. What impact can such reconfigurations have on eighteenth-century musical scholarship? Why might differences and similarities among people matter for music and musical thought? How do ideas of recognition, redistribution, freedom, and sameness, alongside more widely embraced constructions of race, gender, and sexuality, enhance our understanding of music and musical thought in the eighteenth century?

Three presenters will be selected to deliver papers of twenty minutes each. The program committee welcomes proposals for individual papers or unified sessions. All presenters and participants are required to be members of ASECS or a constituent society of ISECS at the time of the conference.

Please include your name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), contact information, audio-visual needs, and the title of your paper in the body of an email. Abstracts of no more than 350 words should include the title of the paper and represent the presentation as fully as possible. Please send abstracts as .doc or .pdf attachments to by September 15, 2016.

A conference of the Haydn Society of North America (HSNA) will take place Wednesday, November 2 and Thursday morning, November 3, at the Vancouver Sheraton Wall Center Hotel, prior to the meeting of the American Musicological Society / Society for Music Theory. We are seeking proposals concerning any work regarding Joseph Haydn and his circle. We also anticipate a joint session with the American Beethoven Society and invite proposals for this session linking the two composers. Presentations accepted for the AMS/SMT conference itself may not be read at this conference. Papers read at the conference may be solicited for publication in HAYDN: Online Journal of the Haydn Society of North America (

Scholars are invited to submit proposals for individual papers or lecture/performances. Papers and presentations should not exceed 30 minutes. Additionally, ten minutes will be allotted for discussion. Proposals should indicate the type of presentation (paper or lecture/performance) and include the presenter’s institutional affiliation or place of residence, equipment and technical requirements, and an abstract of no more than 400 words. Abstracts should articulate the most important aspects of the research, discuss the relationship of the work to previous scholarship, and describe the significance and potential future usefulness of the findings.

Please submit complete proposals as an attachment in Word or PDF to Michael Ruhling ( by July 15. Presenters are expected to be members of HSNA at the time of the conference.

Conference, The Universe of Gennaro Magri: Dance, Music, and Opera in Naples during the Enlightenment

CFP deadline: 31 March 2016 (send to ) Conference dates: 6-8 October 2016 Venue: Teatro San Carlo, Naples, Italy Conference languages: Italian, French, English Contact: Arianna Fabbricatore ( )

This international and interdisciplinary conference aims to use the work of Gennaro Magri (ca. 1735–1780), choreographer at the Teatro San Carlo and author of the Trattato teorico-prattico del Ballo (1779), as a springboard for examining the role of comic and grotesque dance in his home city of Naples and more broadly across all parts of Europe touched by Italian dancing and Italian theatrical practices, including opera. Magri’s own international career, placed alongside his writings, invites reflections on the aesthetic and technical distinctions among the different styles of dancing in his day and their relationship to music, pantomime, theatre, and opera. A partial list of potential topics includes theatrical dance in Naples in the 18th century (repertoire, styles, performers, dramaturgy, music); Gennaro Magri as author and choreographer (his career, the contents and interpretation of his treatise, his relationships with reformers such as Noverre and Le Picq); source studies (libretti, scores, iconography, theoretical writings, archival documents); practices on stage (dance in and alongside opera, choreographic conventions, movement vocabulary, dance-music relationships); stylistic dialogues (noble style vs. comic and grotesque dance, French vs. Italian styles, the development of pantomime ballet, the relationship of comic dance to the commedia dell’arte, aesthetic controversies). The program committee welcomes a variety of formats: individual papers; themed sessions; round tables; lecture-demonstrations; workshops. Proposals should include a title, an abstract (one page maximum), a statement of the chosen format, and a brief biography of the participant(s) (10 lines). Proposals should be sent to no later than 31 March 2016; notification will be provided by the end of April.

Program committee: Francesco Cotticelli, Seconda Università di Napoli
Arianna Fabbricatore, Université Paris-Sorbonne
Rebecca Harris-Warrick, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Paologiovanni Maione, Conservatorio San Pietro a Maiella
Marie-Thérèse Mourey, Université Paris-Sorbonne
José Sasportes, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

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