The inaugural edition of the symposium Dialogues: Analysis and Performance will be held October 7–9, 2021, at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. We invite proposals on any topic related to the analysis and performance of music, especially encouraging those engaging with repertoire or performance practices from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Applicants may choose—but are not obliged—to base their proposal around any of the following questions:

  1. How can the concerns, choices, and pursuits of music performance inform the practice of music analysis?

  2. How can the concerns, choices, and pursuits of music analysis inform the practice of music performance?

  3. What sites of intersection provide promise for collaborative research between music theorists, musicologists, and performers?

  4. How can research in contemporary music appeal to a broader segment of the artistic and academic communities?

  5. How do trends and conversations in contemporary culture influence the intersection of analysis and performance?

  6. What challenges or appeals does contemporary music in particular present to the integration of analysis and performance?

Proposals can be submitted for paper presentations (20 minutes) or lecture recitals (30 minutes). All presentations will be appended by a 10-minute question period. We expect the symposium to proceed in a hybrid in-person/virtual format, and presenters will be given the option of which presentation format they prefer.

Submissions must include the following information, in a single PDF document, free of any information that may identify the author to the program committee:

  • Session type (paper or lecture recital)

  • Presentation title

  • An abstract of 300 words maximum

  • (Optional) up to two pages of supplementary materials, including diagrams, examples, and bibliography. Example captions must not appreciably extend beyond the maximum word count for the abstract.

For submission instructions, please see: https://www.analysisandperformance.org/callforproposals

We strongly encourage those proposing lecture recitals to get in touch with the conference organizers (via the conference email below) prior to submission, to ensure that your proposal will be feasible. Grand pianos, stereo audio playback, and visual projection devices will be available in all presentation spaces, and any tech requirements beyond these will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2021. The program committee will communicate results by July 1, 2021. At least one author of an accepted proposal must register for the symposium in order to present.

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Program Committee: Andreas Borregaard, Michèle Duguay, Ben Duinker (chair), Robert Hasegawa, Aiyun Huang, and Ryan McClelland.

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