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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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Eighth Biennial Conference: Musical Interconnections
March 19–22, 2020
Royal Swedish Academy of Music, Stockholm

The Society for Eighteenth-Century Music will hold its eighth biennial conference Thursday March 19 through Sunday March 22, 2020, in Stockholm, Sweden, in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. SECM members and colleagues around the world are invited to submit proposals on all aspects of eighteenth-century music. Proposals addressing musical interconnections between the Americas and Europe in the eighteenth century are particularly welcome. Presentations may be formal papers (30-minute slots), panel discussions (45-minute slots) or in alternative formats (30-45-minute slots). Presentations will be given in English.

For more details, including how to submit, click here.


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.


Call for Papers: Bach and Mozart: Connections, Patterns, Pathways
A joint conference sponsored by the American Bach Society and the Mozart Society of America at Stanford University, 13–16 February 2020. More 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: arts-eaern@glasgow.ac.uk



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 and theses currently being written or recently completed on topics pertaining to music in the eighteenth century can be found here.



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.


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