Call for Submissions — Ncounters
University of Alberta: March 20-21, 2015

The Graduate Music Student’s Association of the University of Alberta is pleased to announce a call for papers for our annual Ncounters conference, titled Engaging Music, Engaging Minds. The conference will take place on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21, 2015.

The aim of this conference is to showcase innovative graduate research, providing a forum for students to present their work and engage with their colleagues in an interdisciplinary, scholarly environment. Ncounters is an inclusive, multi-format conference. We encourage submissions from any area of music research including, but not limited to, ethnomusicology, music theory, musicology, popular music, composition, education, and performance. We also welcome interdisciplinary submissions from students across the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences. Note: Presentation submissions may focus on the conference theme, or any topic in the study of music.

Paper presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes with a ten-minute question period following each presentation.
Please submit and attach an abstract of no longer than 300 words in a PDF format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 31, 2015. Do not include any information that could identify you or your institution in the abstract; instead, please provide this information in the body of the email. All abstracts will be evaluated anonymously and should be suitable for publication in the conference program. The chosen presenters will be notified on or before Friday, February 13, 2015. Please include all technical and A/V requirements for your presentations.

We also welcome Compositions and Lecture-Recitals. In these presentations, the speaker is allotted 30 minutes, followed by a ten-minute question period. For compositions, please send submission samples in either an MP3 or MP4 format, or a URL link. If attaching a score, please format it as a PDF file. We are accepting:

  • Composed concert works (please note that the composer must arrange for performers, otherwise a recording may be presented)
  • Electroacoustic compositions
  • Improvised music performances
  • Installations (please note that space is limited)

Please check out our website for updates, scheduling, and further details:

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