Call for Papers: Midwest Graduate Music Consortium, 2015 Graduate Student Conference
Submission Deadline: 4 January 2015
17-18 April 2015
Northwestern University – Evanston, IL
The 19th annual meeting of the Midwest Graduate Music Consortium (MGMC) will be held at Northwestern University on 17-18 April 2015. MGMC is a joint venture organized by graduate students from the University of Chicago, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Northwestern University that encourages the presentation of original research and the composition of new music by graduate and advanced undergraduate students. Conferences are held annually on a rotating basis, at Madison, Chicago, or Evanston.
We welcome proposals by graduate and advanced undergraduate students pertaining to musicology, ethnomusicology, music analysis, cognition, theory, pedagogy, performance, composition, education, and all other music-related subjects. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words and must be received by 4 January 2015 at 5pm CST. The abstract should include the title of the presentation but exclude the applicant’s name or any other identifying features. In the cover email, please include your name, affiliation, email address, and phone number, as well as any A/V equipment needed for the proposed presentation. Each applicant may submit up to two abstracts, with no more than one to be accepted for presentation.
Proposals will be evaluated anonymously, and we anticipate notifying successful applicants by 27 February 2015. Proposals will be selected based on originality, clarity, and appropriateness for oral presentation. Selected presentations will be limited to twenty-minute talks, followed by ten additional minutes for questions and comments.
We invite composers currently engaged in graduate or advanced undergraduate study to submit scores for MGMC’s new music concert that will take place as part of the 2015 conference program. Selected composers will be strongly encouraged to be in attendance.
Scores and recordings must be submitted electronically and must adhere to the following submission guidelines.
- Compositions may be for solo instrument or for ensembles of up to 15 players. Composers who wish to provide their own performers should indicate this in their cover letters. Works involving performers and electronics will also be considered. Electronics parts should be thoroughly notated and the setup should be described at the front of the score. Additionally, any unconventional notation or techniques should be explained in the score’s performance notes.
- Compositions should not exceed 12 minutes in duration.
- Submission of mp3 recordings of acoustic works are recommended, but not required. Recordings of works that include electronics are required.
- Each composer applicant may submit up to two works. However, the concert will feature no more than one work by a single applicant.
- Scores and recordings must exclude the applicant’s name or any other identifying information. Compositions will be judged anonymously.
- A cover email stating the applicant’s name, affiliation, email address and phone number should accompany all score submissions.
- Compositions will be judged for clarity of presentation, artistic merit, and performance practicality.
The deadline for submissions is 4 January 2015 at 11:59pm CST. Submissions will be evaluated anonymously, and applicants will be informed of the evaluation committee’s decision in late February 2015.
MGMC 2015 is jointly sponsored by the Bienen School of Music and The Graduate School of Northwestern University.