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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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Encounters with Eighteenth-Century Music: A Virtual Forum

A Virtual Forum sponsored by the American Bach Society, the American Handel Society, the Haydn Society of North America, the Mozart Society of America, and the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music. We invite you to participate in the inaugural meeting of the virtual forum, on Friday, September 24, 2021 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm EDT, entitled “The Classical Style at 50,” in recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Charles Rosen’s landmark study.

This Zoom conference will begin with ten-minute presentations from three scholars—Catherine Mayes, Edward Klorman, and Scott Burnham—to be followed by an hour-long question-and-answer period from members of the audience, moderated by Edmund Goehring.

To learn more, and to register (free, but required), visit the Encounters website.


Decolonizing the Pedagogy of Eighteenth-Century Music

The Society for Eighteenth-Century Music (SECM) invites contributions for our session at ASECS 2022 from scholars and performers on pedagogical approaches that challenge the hegemonic white-Euro-American canon and decenter its narrative. Western literate music is still central to the curriculum of most music schools and conservatories. However, recent calls for a “decolonized music curriculum” have emphasized how the canonic narratives often embedded in history courses and performance studies reinforce notions of white-male-European supremacy and erase or marginalize Indigenous musical cultures, particularly cultures oppressed by European colonialism. This session is meant as a way to envision, collectively, a critical approach to de-colonizing and decanonizing the history and practice of eighteenth-century music. We are interested in papers addressing the broad philosophical framework, performance projects, course design, or specific lesson plans or assignments for undergraduate or graduate music history courses. Possible topics and approaches include, but are not limited to: cross-historical or global approaches; anti-racist pedagogies; Indigenous musics; oral musical traditions; music’s relationship with the slave trade; course design that favors historiography over works; practical demonstrations of teaching activities, including readings and learning outcomes; or diverse methodologies for teaching a decolonized history of eighteenth-century music and its legacy. Proposals for presentations including a brief performance component will also be considered.

Please send proposals (up to 250 words) to both Kimary Fick (kimary.fick@gmail.com) and Matteo Magarotto (mxm193267@miami.edu). The deadline for proposals is September 17, 2021.


“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.


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.

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



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 available here. Access is free and open to anyone.


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