2016 McGill Music Graduate Symposium
Schulich School of Music
McGill University, Montreal
March 18-20, 2016



SUBMISSION DEADINE: December 18, 2015

The Music Graduate Students' Society of McGill University is pleased to announce a call for papers for our annual Music Graduate Symposium, which will take place March 18-20, 2016. 

This year we are honored to welcome Dr. Benjamin Piekut from Cornell University as our keynote speaker and renowned bassoonist Nadina Mackie Jackson as our keynote performer. Dr. Piekut’s research interests include experimental music in the U.S. and U.K., jazz after 1950, critical studies in race and gender, improvisation studies, music technologies, and performance studies. He is the author of Experimentalism Otherwise: The New York Avant-Garde and its Limits, editor of Tomorrow is the Question: New Directions in Experimental Music Studies, and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies (forthcoming) with George E. Lewis. Ms. Mackie Jackson explores the boundaries of performance, venturing into new works, improvisation and electroacoustic music beside dynamic performances of standard works. Her recent releases include a solo album of eight Vivaldi concerti as well as her Juno-nominated Canadian Concerto Project CD featuring new commissions by Glenn Buhr, Michael Occhipinti and Mathieu Lussier.

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 2–4 panelists are all encouraged.  Please indicate in the body of your email which format(s) would suit your presentation.  Special session proposals must include a separate 300-word proposal for the session as a whole in addition to individual proposals for each panelist.

Both abstracts and presentations may be in either English or French. All submissions must be received by Friday December 18, 2015. Please send your abstracts—without any personal identification to allow for anonymous review—within an MS Word document (.doc, .docx, .rtf).  Please also include your abstract within the body of your email along with your name, address, telephone number, and academic affiliation. For the subject heading, please write “Symposium Abstract Submission” and follow this naming format when submitting word files: surname_abstract.docx.

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