University of Toronto Graduate Music Conference

Friday March 16 (evening only) – Sunday March 18 (morning/afternoon only), 2018
Faculty of Music, University of Toronto

The University of Toronto Music Graduate Students’ Association is pleased to announce our annual Graduate Music Conference, which will take place March 16-18, 2018. The program committee invites graduate students to submit proposals for twenty-minute paper presentations, with a ten-minute question period to follow each presentation. We encourage the submission of papers related to any aspect of music research, including, but certainly not limited to, musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, performance, music education, composition, and music technology. We also invite applicants to submit proposals for themed sessions of 2-3 papers. In this case, please include an abstract describing the proposed session as well as individual abstracts for each paper. Proposals for thirty-minute lecture-recitals are also encouraged.

Abstracts must be limited to 250 words and include the title of the paper, but should not include any information that could personally identify the author, nor any supplementary material. Please email abstracts, in both .docx and .pdf format, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than December 15th, 2017. In the body of the submission email, please include your name, institutional affiliation, preferred email address, and phone number. Standard audio/visual equipment and a piano will be made available to all presenters, though you must supply any other necessary instruments, mixers, amplifiers, etc. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by email beginning in early January 2018. Please direct any inquiries to the conference email address. We look forward to receiving your proposals!

We are proud to welcome Dr. Colleen Renihan as the keynote speaker for this year’s conference. Dr. Renihan joined the Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University in 2016 as Assistant Professor and Queen’s National Scholar in Music Theatre and Opera. She holds a PhD in Musicology from the University of Toronto, and has published chapters in several edited collections on opera, and in the journals Twentieth Century Music, The Journal of the Society for American Music, and Music, Sound, and the Moving Image. Her current book project examines contemporary American opera as a site of history and a source of cultural memory. A brief abstract of her keynote address, titled Opera, Post-Truth, Post-Reality, follows:

Opera has long been associated with notions of extravagance, and relegated to the realm of make-believe, of excess, of “heightened” emotions, and thus of the categorically un-real. Because of this, it would seem that recent works based on real events—so-called “CNN operas”—pose particular challenges with respect to how audiences engage with their truth content. And yet, the pervasiveness of virtual and augmented reality, and many other digital interventions in contemporary culture, exposes opera’s assumed contentious relationship with the “real” to new critiques and challenges. In this talk, I explore contemporary modes of engagement with opera, and consider both political and artistic implications for research and performance.


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