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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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“Moravian Soundscapes: Hearing New Histories of Early America”: the Second Session of Encounters with Eighteenth-Century Music on October 26 at 5pm Eastern

The second session of Encounters with Eighteenth-Century Music: A Virtual Forum features SECM past president Sarah Eyerly presenting “Moravian Soundscapes: Hearing New Histories of Early America,” an exploration of the soundscapes and musical practices of eighteenth-century Moravian mission communities in eastern Pennsylvania. The Zoom meeting will be held Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 5:00-6:30pm EDT. The meeting will open 10-15 minutes early for greetings and informal discussion.

For more details, including suggested readings, and to register (free, but required) for this event, click here.


“Musicking: Culturally Informed Performance Practices”
CFP Deadline: November 1, 2021
Conference Dates: April 18-23, 2022
Conference Website
University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, Eugene, Oregon

The University of Oregon School of Music and Dance presents the seventh annual Musicking conference: “Musicking: Culturally Informed Performance Practices” in Eugene, OR, April 18-23, 2022. The conference brings together research, education, and performance by considering performance practices and performance practice studies through a cultural lens. In honor of the work of Musicking Artistic Director Marc Vanscheeuwijck, upon his retirement from the UO, the 2022 conference will feature workshops, lecture performances, academic panels and evening concerts focused on music, composers, and performance practices in and around Bologna and Naples. This year’s conference includes a keynote address by Guido Olivieri (University of Texas at Austin), and a performance of Giovanni Paolo Colonna’s oratorio, “La profezia d’Eliseo” (Modena, 1686).

The Musicking committee welcomes proposals addressing all aspects of musicological research and performance practice studies relevant to Bologna, Naples, and their surrounding areas, not only from a purely historical point of view, but also from a broader cultural perspective. Applicants are encouraged to blur the academic distinctions of musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, education, modern performance practices, historical performance practices, and other academic fields, and consider their topic through a lens of musicking, in all its possible facets. Especially welcome are presentations and performances that address socio-cultural factors such as race, gender, sexuality, and class, as well as those that feature the music or musical practices of under-represented populations. The Musicking committee also invites proposals for lecture performances. This year, the Musicking committee will grant one lecture-performance applicant an award of up to $1,000 to assist in travel and lodging costs.

For complete CFP and submission instructions, visit the CFP website.


SECM Conference Proceedings

Published by Steglein Publishing, Inc.

2016: 7th Conference in Austin, TX
   •   SECM in Austin 2016
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
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 available here. Access is free and open to anyone.


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