Call for Lecture Recitals and Mini Concerts

Canadian University Music Society Annual Conference
Acadia University — Wolfville, Nova Scotia
May 31st – June 2nd, 2022

Deadline extended:  January 31, 2022

The Canadian University Music Society (MusCan) will hold its annual conference from May 31st – June 2nd, 2022, hosted by the Department of Music at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Acadia University is located in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This land is governed by the treaties of Peace and Friendship, first signed by the Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqey, Peskotomuhkatiyik, and the British Crown in 1726. These treaties recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqey title and set the rules for what was to be a long-standing relationship between nations. Acadia University also recognizes the 400+ year history of communities of African descent and the 50 African Nova Scotian communities throughout the region today.

This year’s conference will be a connected event; paper sessions will be available to presenters and attendees in both in-person and virtual space, while other conference features will be available only to in-person attendees.

Proposals in English or French for lecture-recitals and mini-concerts of music from any historical period or geographical region are welcome from members and non-members. The deadline for submission of a proposal is January 31, 2022. Submission of a proposal denotes a willingness and ability to attend the 2022 conference in person.

Proposals on any topic are welcome, but we particularly encourage proposals that continue to build on the themes of Indigenization, decolonization, equity, and diversity within all areas of music study. With its Calls for Lecture-Recitals, Mini-Concerts, Scores, Papers, Sessions, Films, and Round Tables, the Canadian University Music Society aims to bring together scholars from a wide range of perspectives for a vibrant discussion.

Lecture-recitals: Those wishing to propose a lecture-recital should submit an abstract (maximum 250 words), an abridged abstract (maximum 150 words), a biography of 100 words maximum per person, and recorded audio excerpts from the proposed program. Lecture-recitals may not exceed 45 minutes: a presentation of up to 35 minutes followed by a 10-minute period for questions and discussion.

Mini-concerts: Those wishing to present a mini-concert should submit the program of works to be performed, with timings listed, and recorded audio excerpts from the proposed program; an optional, brief program description or program notes (150 words) may also be included.  A biography of each person involved must be included (100 words maximum per person). Mini-concerts may not exceed 30 minutes.

Participation details: All musical performances will be features available only to in-person conference attendees. As such, all accepted mini-concert and lecture-recital performances are expected to be held in person.

 Conference registration and membership in MusCanAll recitalists and lecture-recitalists must be current members of MusCan before their submissions can be accepted for inclusion into the program.  They must also register for the MusCan 2022 conference. Annual dues for MusCan membership in 2021-22 are $95 for regular members, and $50 for part-time faculty, students, independent scholars, and retired persons. Membership may be purchased, for the current and next calendar year, online at Please note that our website is currently undergoing significant changes as we transition to a new membership services provider; we anticipate that the new website will be functional by mid-November, and will announce its launch through our listserv and social media accounts.

Submission: To submit a proposal, complete the online submission form by Monday, January 31, 2022. The submission portal will be tied to our new website; we expect it to be available to accept submissions on or near November 25th, 2021. Proposal abstracts and programs must be attached as MSWord or PDF files, and recordings must be attached as MP3 audio files. The author’s name, names of other participants, if any, together with the author’s postal address, phone number, and email address should appear in the online form but not on the abstract or in any file names, as proposals will be judged anonymously. There will be a space on the form to indicate technical requirements for the performance (instruments, equipment, etc.) If your performance requires special equipment, please contact the local arrangements coordinators ahead of submitting your proposal to ensure that Acadia University can meet those requirements.

Results:  The results of the Program Committee’s deliberations will be announced no later than March 18, 2022.

For further information, visit the conference website or e-mail questions to: or

Programme Committee Co-Chairs: Michelle Boyd and Jeff Torbert
Local Arrangements Committee Co-Chairs: Krissy Keech and Paula Rockwell