Confounding Expectations: Celebrating 150 Years of Music in Canada

2017 Graduate Student Conference: Call for Papers and Lecture Recitals


The Graduate Music Society of the University of Calgary School of Creative and Performing Arts is pleased to announce a call for papers and lecture-recitals for its 2017 Graduate Student Conference entitled Confounding Expectations: Celebrating 150 Years of Music in Canada. The conference will take place on Thursday, May 11, and Friday, May 12, 2017, in the Rozsa Centre on the University of Calgary campus.

In past years, the conference has attracted an international roster of graduate students, and this year we are pleased to welcome two distinguished keynote speakers to help mark the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. The first is Dr. Mary Ingraham, Professor of Music at the University of Alberta and co-founder and co-coordinator of the research group on Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Music in Canada. The second is Canadian composer Allan Gordon Bell, Professor of Music at the University of Calgary, who is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Member of the Order of Canada, and whose recent composition Field Notes (performed by the Land’s End Chamber Ensemble) won the 2014 JUNO award for the Classical Composition of the Year.

The aim of the conference is to provide a collegial environment in which graduate students can present their research and form professional connections. We encourage submissions from graduate students in musicology, theory, music education, performance, and composition, and from graduate students from other disciplines, who are studying aspects of music in Canada, both pre- and post-1867. We also welcome submissions on other topics related to music.

Presentations should be no longer than twenty minutes and lecture-recitals no longer than forty minutes. A ten-minute question period will follow each presentation. Abstracts should be approximately 350 words and must contain no information that could identify you or your institution. All abstracts will be evaluated anonymously and should be suitable for publication in the conference program. The new deadline for submissions is 23:59 (Mountain time) on Friday, February 24, 2017​. The chosen presenters will be notified on or before Friday, March 10, 2017. Proposals should include your abstract as PDF or DOC file, attached to an email with your name, affiliation, contact information and AV requirements. If you have any questions regarding your submission, these may also be directed to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email address. Details will also be posted at

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