2020 McGill Music Graduate Symposium
Schulich School of Music, McGill University
Montréal, Canada, March 13–15, 2020

Call for Papers: 2020 McGill Music Graduate Students’ Society Symposium

The McGill Music Graduate Students’ Society (MGSS) is pleased to announce its 33rd annual Symposium, which will be held March 13–15, 2020 at the Schulich School of Music in Montréal, Canada. All abstracts must be received by Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Acceptance decisions will be communicated during the month of January.

Our research keynote speaker, Judy Lochhead, is a specialist in Western contemporary music and professor of music history and theory at Stony Brook University. Her philosophically informed work bridges the gap between musicology and music theory. Her recent book-length study Reconceiving Structure: New Tools in Music Theory and Analysis (Routledge, 2015) contains analyses of pieces by Kaija Saariaho, Sofia Gubaidulina, Stacy Garrop, and Anna Clyne.

Our performance keynote address will be delivered by Eric Wen, violinist, critic, analyst, and producer of classical recordings. He is currently professor at the Curtis Institute and the Julliard School of Music. During his multi-faceted career, he has, among other things, served as editor of The Strad, produced CDs with the Guarneri Quartet, published articles on Schenkerian analysis, and written a book,Structurally Sound: Seven Musical Masterworks Deconstructed (Dover, 2017).

We welcome abstracts (300 words) in any area of music research including, but not limited to, ethnomusicology, music theory, musicology, music education, music technology, sound recording, music psychology, performance, and composition.

Papers, posters, lecture recitals, improvisations, art/music installations, and special sessions of two to four panelists are all encouraged. Special session descriptions must include a separate 300-word proposal for the session as a whole in addition to individual proposals for each panelist. Abstracts and presentations may be in either English or French. Please attach abstracts as MS Word documents without any personal identification in the attachment. In the body of your email, please include your name, email, and academic affiliation.

In the interest of accessibility and in keeping with the MGSS’s commitment to equity and diversity, we will make every effort to provide on-site childcare for presenters with children. We also ask applicants to let us know about any issues of accessibility, including those regarding the financial burden of travel and accommodation for the Symposium. Abstracts will be evaluated on their own merits and all personal information disclosed will remain confidential.

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