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Virtuosity – An interdisciplinary symposium

The Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest

3–6 March 2016

We are pleased to announce the joint symposium of the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy and ESCOM (European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music), an interdisciplinary event to be held in Budapest, in the beautifully restored Art Nouveau palace of the Liszt Academy between 3 and 6 March 2016. We invite proposals for individual papers (20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion) and posters. The language of the symposium is English.

Theme and topics
We invite submissions for a symposium on virtuosity in music performance that address questions such as the following:
· What is virtuosity?
· How virtuosity is perceived in different ways by musicians and their audiences in different cultures?
· How might virtuosity be studied empirically?
· What are the cognitive, neuropsychological and motor mechanisms underpinning virtuosity?
· What is the relationship between virtuosity and creativity?
· What is the relationship between virtuosity and enchantment (or ‘magic’)? To what extent can virtuosity be considered the making of magic? Or can be magic be made in the absence of virtuosity?
· How might virtuosity be taught?

All submissions must address the symposium theme. Please send us an abstract of approximately 250 words as an e-mail attachment in Word format to, specifying whether the proposal is for a theoretical paper, an empirical paper, or a poster. All proposals will be peer-reviewed by the members of an international review committee. In order to ensure anonymity, please do not include personal details in the abstract. The name(s) of the author(s), institutional affiliation and a short biography of approx. 100 words should be sent in a separate Word document. Please indicate in your cover letter your AV requirements and whether the presentation will involve live performance, and if so what instruments are envisaged.

Submission of abstracts: 31 October 2015
Notification for acceptances: 30 November 2015

Programme and registration
The programme of the symposium will be announced in January 2016. Online registration will open in January 2016. For additional information please contact Dr László Stachó ( or Ms Éva Gyöngy Máté (

Organising Committee
László Stachó (Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest), chair of the Organising Committee
László Norbert Nemes (Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest), co-chair of the Organising Committee
Jane Ginsborg (Royal Northern College of Music)
Peter Keller (The MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney)
Jukka Louhivuori (University of Jyväskylä)
Richard Parncutt (University of Graz)


MET 2016

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Researching Music – Education – Technology (MET2016)

14–15 March 2016

Conference Information

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  • venue: Senate House, University of London
  • chairs: Dr Evangelos Himonides, UCL & Dr Andrew King, University of Hull
  • Registration fee: GBP60 (SEMPRE student members, and unwaged participants), GBP95 (SEMPRE members), GBP130 (non members). Please note that it is cheaper to acquire a SEMPRE membership and register as a member.
  • Paper submissions are now closed. Authors will be notified soon.

Registrations are now open


Choral practice, performance and pedagogy

University of Sheffield, April 8th 2016

This one-day, interactive choral conference is being convened in the Department of Music at the University of Sheffield, with funding from The Institute of Musical Research. The aim of the event is to provide a forum for Early Career Researchers to present their work on choral practice, performance and pedagogy, and to demonstrate the impact of current research in a way which emphasizes practical applications alongside pedagogical approaches to choral rehearsal and performance.

Early Career Researchers are invited to submit proposals for sessions with a strong participation element. Sessions may take the form of practical demonstrations, masterclasses, performances or workshops (45 minutes maximum), which are related to the presenter’s original research, or which interrogate choral concepts and philosophies derived from the researcher’s review of the literature. Subjects may include choral training, choral leadership, group dynamics in the choral context, performance practices, rehearsal strategies, choral repertoire, choral inclusion and diversity, and topics related to community singing or choral learning processes.

Shorter spoken papers (20 minutes, including 5 minutes for questions) are also invited, preferably including a practical, participation or performance element. Subjects for roundtable discussions or panels (30 minutes maximum) may also be suggested, with the aim of sharing knowledge, experience, research findings and potential applications amongst participants. Presentations, demonstrations and workshops may be related to research on group singing in any context, and to any type or size of choral ensemble. A repertoire exchange will be included in the programme, so delegates will be encouraged to bring a song or vocal warm up to share.

The format and content of this conference is designed to attract a wide range of delegates, including Early Career Researchers, graduate students, senior scholars and practitioners (such as conductors, singers and singing teachers) who work in the related fields of choral singing and community music. It will provide a rare opportunity to bring together a diverse range of delegates, presenters and performers, in order to make connections between choral research and choral practice and performance in the community. The format of the event is intended to ensure a high level of audience engagement, and to provide opportunities for networking and knowledge exchange, which will be focused upon practical, participation and pedagogical applications of choral research.

Bursaries for Early Career Researchers: There are a limited number of travel bursaries, funded by the Institute of Musical Research, to assist ECRs to present their work at this conference. Applications for bursaries are encouraged from ECRs who are within three years of completing their PhD, and who do not hold an academic post which provides access to conference funding.

Bursary applications should include:

  • A note of the applicant’s PhD completion date
  • Confirmation that the applicant does not currently have access to funding for conference attendance
  • An accurate indication of the travel costs that will be involved in attending this conference
  • A short biography (c. 200 words)

Submissions: Please send abstracts (c. 300 words) along with applications for travel bursaries to Dr Michael Bonshor:

The closing date for submissions and bursary applications is January 15th 2016. All proposals should include the name and email address of the presenter, and details of any AV requirements for the session.


Thirteenth International Research Symposium On Talent Education

Minneapolis Hilton Conference Centre, MN, May 26 & 27, 2016

Keynote address by Dr. Aniruddh Patel, Tufts University

Call for Research Papers, posters and Graduate Projects

Unpublished scholarly research papers and poster proposals, at any stage of development, on topics relevant to Suzuki Music Education are invited for submission to the 13th International Research Symposium on Talent Education or to the IRSTE Graduate Student Seminar and “research master class”* with Dr. Aniruddh Patel of Tufts University. Presenters are not required to be affiliated with the Suzuki Association.

Appropriate topic areas could include:

-early childhood development

-any related areas of music education

-instrumental education

-parental involvement in music education

-teacher-student interaction

-historical research regarding the Suzuki method

You are invited to submit an abstract of 300 words or less for papers, posters or the master class. On the title page, include the author’s name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), email, and mailing address. Please also specify the event for which you are applying (the Research Symposium, Graduate Seminar or Poster Session). View our website for more details:

A copy of the abstract must be submitted electronically by January 31, 2016.

Selection of papers will be determined by a panel of qualified readers. Authors will be notified by Feb 29, 2016. Deadline for final paper submission is March 31, 2016. Email all submissions to Pat D’Ercole ( at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.

* The Symposium provides a forum for papers and posters regarding current research in Talent Education. The Graduate Student Seminar features a unique research “master class,” in which several graduate students will have the opportunity to consult and discuss their research in progress or project proposals with Dr. Aniruddh Patel.



SysMus16 – University of Jyväskylä, Department of Music, June 8-10, 2016

SysMus, or the International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology, is a series of conferences for students by students. SysMus promotes systematic musicology as an interdisciplinary field by giving students who study music from computational, psychological, sociological and other non-traditional perspectives the opportunity to interact with each other and with successful professionals in the field.

The SysMus conference series offers students the chance to practice conference organizing, practice presenting their research, visit internationally recognized institutions in systematic musicology, and network in an interdisciplinary environment.

The 2016 International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (SysMus) will take place from June 8-10, 2016 at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Masters- and doctoral-level researchers are invited to submit abstracts proposing oral or poster presentation as part of the conference.

Submission guidelines:

  • Abstracts should be no more than 300 words in length, be written in English, and address one of the conference topics listed below. All submissions will be considered for both spoken paper and poster presentation. However, the author can indicate a preference for either spoken or poster presentation in the submission form. All abstracts will be submitted via an online system (see below).
  • Researchers should avoid referring to their own names within the submitted abstracts, as acceptance will be determined by anonymous peer review. Researchers may submit only one abstract.
  • Oral presentations will be allocated a slot of 30 minutes, with 20 minutes for the presentation, 8 minutes for discussion, and two minutes to prepare for the next talk.
  • Poster presentations will have a designated time slot and presentation space that does not overlap with any other activity.
  • All accepted presenters are invited to submit a 4-6-page proceedings article that will be published online.

Conference topics:

SysMus is dedicated to including a broad range of topics within its conferences, representative of the great diversity within systematic musicological study. Submissions addressing any of the following subjects are particularly welcome:

  • Systematic musicology
  • Music perception
  • Music cognition
  • Music psychology
  • Music therapy
  • Music information retrieval
  • Music sociology
  • Music education
  • Music technology
  • Music and culture

Submission details:

Please visit the conference website to submit your abstract using the online form, and for further information regarding the SysMus 2016 conference.


Questions can be directed to the conference e-mail address:

Important dates:

  • Submission deadline: January 31, 2016.
  • Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2016.
  • Deadline for (optional) proceedings article: May 15, 2016.
  • Early registration deadline: April 30, 2016


Fourth International Conference on Analytical Approaches to World Music (AAWM 2016)

June 8–11, 2016: The New School, New York, USA

World music traditions are receiving increasing attention in all areas of music research, including ethnomusicology, music theory and analysis, music history, music psychology, and music information retrieval. Analytical Approaches to World Music 2016 is the fourth in a series of conferences that bring together scholars from diverse disciplines and cultures, in order to foster interdisciplinary and cross-cultural dialogue and promote new approaches and methods for the study of world music.

We welcome submissions that examine world musical traditions from any analytical and theoretical angles, including (but not limited to) ethnographic, historical, formal, computational, and cognitive perspectives. Submission formats include papers, posters, special sessions, and workshops.

Please see below for information on conference organization and submission guidelines. Conference web site:

Organizing Committee

  • Lawrence Shuster (College of Saint Rose, USA), Chair
  • John Roeder (University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • Michael Tenzer (University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • Brian Jarvis (The University of Texas at El Paso, USA)

Local Arrangements Committee

  • Chris Stover (The New School College of Performing Arts, USA), Chair
  • Evan Rapport (The New School Eugene Lang College, USA)
  • Lynne Rogers (The New School College of Performing Arts, USA)
  • Nancy Rao (Rutgers University, USA)

Keynote Speakers

  • Jay Rahn (York University, Canada)
  • Richard Widdess (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK)

Program Co-Chairs

  • Panayotis Mavromatis (New York University, USA)
  • Chloe Alaghband-Zadeh (University of Cambridge, UK)

Submission Guidelines

Papers: Proposals for spoken papers should include a short abstract of no more than 200 words, and a full proposal in extended abstract format with customary headings (Introduction, Analysis, Conclusions, etc.). The recommended length for the full proposal is 400-700 words, including footnotes but not counting examples and bibliography. Supporting media files can also be submitted. Accepted papers will be allotted 30 minutes for presentation plus 15 minutes for discussion.

Posters: Poster proposals should follow the same format as spoken paper proposals.

Authors may submit a given proposal as a paper, a poster, or both. The program committee will make a final recommendation on the presentation format, taking the author’s request into consideration. Abstracts and full proposals of the accepted papers and posters will be published online.

Special Sessions Authors of papers that share a common theme may propose to deliver them in a special session. Each paper should be submitted separately, and will be reviewed following the same process as that for spoken papers. In addition, a separate submission should be entered for the session as a whole, including a 200-word abstract and a full proposal of 400-700 words.

Workshops / Alternative Formats Proposals for workshops or other alternative formats should also be submitted as a 200-word abstract and 400-700 word full proposal. The proposals should give as many details as possible about the precise format they will employ, how many participants can attend, and the size and type of space they will require.

Submission process

  • All proposals should be submitted electronically using the following link:
  • Initial submission deadline: December 5, 2015
  • Final submission deadline: December 20, 2015
  • Initial submissions should minimally consist of a title, short abstract (200 words), and a selection of topics/keywords. Once the initial submission has been saved, authors can go back and complete it until the final submission deadline.
  • Notification of acceptance will be sent via email by early February 2016.

Additional Information

For additional information regarding the conference, including venue, transportation, and accommodations, please check the conference website:

Updated information will be posted there as soon as it becomes available. Please direct all remaining questions to


International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC) 2016

Dates: July 5 – 9, 2016
Location: Hyatt Regency, San Francisco
Conference chair: Theodore Zanto (UCSF)

The opening keynote address will be at 1 PM on the 5th, and the closing keynote will end at 6 PM on the 10th

Abstracts due: January 22, 2016

The International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition is pleased to announce the call for abstract submissions for its 14th biennial meeting to be held at the Hyatt Regency hotel in San Francisco, CA, USA, from July 5-9, 2016. Abstract submissions are invited for oral presentations, poster presentations, and symposia. Advanced registration and abstract submission will open November 2, 2015.

For more details, visit:

For questions & comments, contact the organizing committee:

Further details will be communicated in the digest, and on the SMPC website (


If you hear of any conferences that may be interesting for music psychologists then please forward details to me: v.williamson- at-