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I thought it would be a useful idea to gather here some information about music conferences in the world. Sometimes we forget to check for information about such conferences and those of you who have subscribed to my blog will enjoy receiving such abstracts directly to their email. Please note that I do not promise to send information about all the conferences that exist! Here is information about 4 conferences:

The information on this page was collected from
Royal Holloways “Golden Pages” music portal.
If you are interested in one or more of the following conferences you can find at the link above more information.

Budapest & Eszterháza, 27 to 30 May 2009
The Hungarian Musicological Society, the Institute for Musicology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and the Hungarian Haydn Society are pleased to announce an international conference to commemorate the bicentenary of Joseph Haydn’s death. The conference will be held in two locations: the Institute for Musicology in Budapest; and the Esterházy Palace at Eszterháza, where the composer spent much of his professional life.

Crosscurrents: American and European Music in Interaction, 1900-2000
(Crosscurrents: Wechselwirkungen zwischen amerikanischer und europäischer Musik, 1900-2000)
An international conference in two parts: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 30 October - 1 November 2008; Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, 7-9 May 2009


Recognizing the extraordinary degree of interaction between North American
and European music and musicians during the twentieth century, we invite
papers exploring this cultural exchange and its historiographical
implications. Possible topics include:

* exile and emigration
* pedagogical networks
* institutional exchanges (for example concert tours, festivals, societies)
* the role of technology in the dissemination and composition of music
* convergence and divergence of musical languages
* differing cultural hierarchies and their interactions (high and low, U und E)
cultural politics (diplomacy, propaganda, state-sponsored initiatives)


Zyklus und Prozess.
Joseph Haydn und die Zeit
(Cycle and Process: Joseph Haydn and Time)

Interdisciplinary Symposium, January 19–21, 2009
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
In daily experience, time is perceived either as repetition of the same (cycle) or as continuous, irreversable change (process). Music has, thanks to its quality of temporal existence, always had a special relation to time in tempo, meter, and rhythm. Furthermore, since Haydn’s day the perception of continuity and change, time patterns and irregular developments, has gained a sharper focus. Not incidentally, authentic titles or later added programmatic names of works by Haydn allude to time and its passing: Le matin / Le midi / Le soir / Die Uhr / Die Jahreszeiten. Therefore, our conference intends to examine applications of this sharpened perception on music.
Our topic relates to recent debates in various fields and research areas such as New Musicology (e.g., narratology), Cultural Studies (significance of memory in the reception of music) and to the discussion initiated by Reinhart Kosellek regarding the new perception of time during the 18th century (cf. the journal Das achtzehnte Jahrhundert: vol.30/2 [2006], „Zeitkonzepte
Music Theory and Interdisciplinarity


University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz (KUG)

October 9-12, 2008

Deadline for Proposals: May 5, 2008

Event Description and Information:

Music Theory and Interdisciplinarity

8th Congress of the Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie (GMTH)

Graz, October 9-12, 2008

University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz (KUG)
in association with the Austrian Society of Musicology (ÖGMW)

Conference Chairs: Christian Utz, Andreas Dorschel, Clemens Gadenstätter

The polymorphism of music theory as a scholarly and artistic discipline offers great potential for interdisciplinary musical research and practice. In current developments, music theory seems to temper its traditional objective of defining a consistent, ontological, generalised “theory of music”, and find its meaning and functions primarily by discovering common ground with music history, music aesthetics, musical interpretation, composition, ethnomusicology, and (systematic) musicology. In these in-between spaces, the disciplines have the opportunity to challenge, doubt, cross-fertilise each other, and thus to contribute to the differentiation of musical knowledge and musical perception. This congress aims to shed light on this basic interdisciplinary character of current music theories in six sections, each focussing on the dialogue between music theory and one of the related disciplines


The Fourth Annual Art of Record Production Conference 2008Nov. 14 - 16, 2008
Hosted by William Moylan at The University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
The deadline for proposals is the 15th April 2008

General Information:

Conference Summary:
The ARP Conference gathers together industry professionals, academic scholars, and musicians who utilize and study recording technology as a principle means of creative expression. It is the aim of this conference to facilitate the exchange of ideas between these groups, drawing upon broad areas of expertise, and providing a unique opportunity for individuals to inform, challenge, and stimulate the discourse surrounding the intersection of technology and music. ARP provides a platform for the exchange of ideas and multiple perspectives across disciplines.
The conference addresses a range of topics such as; how creative expression is achieved through technological practices; how changes in recording technology have impacted upon and informed musical practices; the so-called “democratization” of access to modes of creative expression and the resultant opportunities for the distribution of recorded work in the age of computer-based recording and the Internet. The conference will comprise academic papers, industry speakers and panels, practical demonstrations and masterclasses as well as plentiful opportunities for networking and informal debate

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