May 19-22, 2020

Call for Proposals

The University of Oregon is happy to present the fifth annual Musicking conference: “Musicking: Culturally Informed Performance Practices” to be held in the UO, School of Music and Dance in Eugene, OR (location: Collier House, at University and 13th Streets), from May 19 through May 22, 2020. The purpose of the conference is to bring together research, education, and performance of historical music in the broadest sense by considering performance practices and performance practice studies through a cultural lens. In its fifth year, the conference will feature educational workshops, lecture performances, academic panels and evening concerts. Round-table discussions will focus on the state of early music in 2020. Special events at this year’s conference include a culturally informed performance of Giovanni Bononcini’s oratorio, “San Nicola di Bari” (Rome, 1693) and “Élevé: A Symposium of Music & Dance in Honor of Marian Smith,” featuring workshops and a keynote address by ballet historian and specialist in Stepanov notation, Doug Fullington (Pacific Northwest Ballet).

Panels & Submissions

The Musicking committee welcomes proposals addressing all aspects of performance practice studies (from the Middle Ages to the present), not only from a purely historical point of view, but also from a broader cultural perspective. Proposals should consider the conference topic through a lens of musicking, in all its possible facets, including music as ritual, music’s metaphorical meanings and the language of gesture.

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, abstract, 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 topic. Please send abstracts and proposals by Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Notices of acceptance will be sent in early February. Proposals should be submitted via the Musicking website.

Lecture Concerts

The Musicking committee 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 fairly 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 proposals by Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Notices of acceptance will be sent in early February. This year, the Musicking committee will grant one lecture-performance applicant an award of up to $1000 to assist in travel and lodging costs. Lecture-performance applicants who wish to be considered for this award should indicate so in their proposal. Proposals should be submitted via the Musicking website.



* The Musicking conference is free and open to the public. There is no registration fee. Click HERE to donate to the conference and keep musicking  free for our community.

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