Call for Proposals

The University of Oregon Collegium Musicum ensemble is delighted to present the second annual musicking conference: “Musicking: Improvisation, Ornamentation, and Variation” to be held in the UO, School of Music and Dance in Eugene, OR (location: Collier House, at University and 13th Streets), from May 23 through May 27, 2017. The purpose of this conference is to bring together research, education, and performance of historical music in the broadest sense by considering a variety of topics.

Panel Topics & Submissions

In its second year, the conference will be organized around five specific topics: “Beyond the Notes” – Challenging Current Ideas of Performance, Improvisation, and Composition; “With Voice & Pen” – Improvisation vs. Notation; Rhetorica – Improvisation, Ornamentation, and Variation; Variation: From Machaut to Messiaen; Improvisation & Authorship. 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. 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.

The Conference Committee welcomes individual paper proposals: abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted. Proposals should include two files: an anonymous submission including a title and the abstract; and a second file including the title, author’s name, and a short (5-line) biography of the presenter. The abstract should specify the thesis/main topic of research, the state of research and sources used, and the relevance of the author’s thesis to the conference purpose and topics. Proposals for participation in the round-table discussion should present a position in no more than 200 words. Please send abstracts and proposals by Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Notices of acceptance will be sent by Thursday, December 1, 2016.

Lecture Concerts

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. Please send lecture-performance proposals by Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Notices of acceptance will be sent by Thursday, December 1, 2016.


* The musicking  conference is free and open to the public. Click HERE to donate to the conference and keep musicking  free for our community.

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