“Resurgent Voices” Oregon Bach Festival’s 2024 Musicking Conference

The University of Oregon’s Oregon Bach Festival is happy to present the ninth annual Musicking Conference, “Musicking: Culturally Informed Performance Practices,” to be held in person in Eugene, OR on Tuesday, April 9 through Friday, April 12, 2024. The 2024 conference will bring together research, education, and performance by considering scholarship and performance practice studies through a cultural lens, related to the theme, “Resurgent Voices.” Conference activities include educational workshops, lecture performances, academic panels, evening concerts, and a culminating performance featuring Nicola Ceva’s oratorio, “Trionfo per l’Assunzione della Santissima Vergine” (1705). The committee encourages submissions for presentations and lecture-performances that highlight previously lost, discarded, or suppressed “voices,” music, and performance practices. Also desirable are submissions that place the conference topic, “Resurgent Voices,” in dialogue with the 2024 Oregon Bach Festival theme, “Ascending Voices.” Panels topics include but are not limited to, “Rediscovery,” “From Grief to Joy,” and “R(a)ising from Obscurity.”


Musicking: Culturally Informed Performance Practices

Theme: Resurgent Voices

Conference Dates: April 9-12, 2024

Location: University of Oregon School of Music and Dance

Submission Deadline: Monday, December 4, 2023

Notifications Sent by: Friday, December 15, 2023

Submit Proposals: https://blogs.uoregon.edu/musicking/


Panels & Submissions

The Musicking committee welcomes proposals addressing all aspects of musicological research and performance practice studies (from the Middle Ages to today) relevant to the theme, “Resurgent Voices,” not only from a purely historical point of view, but also from a broader cultural perspective. Applicants are encouraged to blur the academic distinctions of musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, education, modern performance practices, historical performance practices, and other academic fields, and consider their topic through a lens of musicking, in all its possible facets. Especially welcome are presentations and performances that address socio-cultural factors such as race, gender, sexuality, and class, as well as those that feature the music or musical practices of under-represented populations. Panels will be held in person on the University of Oregon campus.

The committee welcomes individual paper proposals: abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted. Proposals should include two files: an anonymous submission including a title and the abstract; and a second file including the title, abstract, author’s name and a short (5-line) biography of the presenter. The abstract should specify the thesis/main topic of research, the state of research and sources used, and the relevance of the author’s thesis to the conference purpose and topic. Proposals should be submitted by Monday, December 4, 2023. Notices of acceptance will be sent by December 15th.


Lecture Concerts:

The Musicking committee also invites proposals for lecture performances. Proposals should be for programs 30-45 minutes in length, and should be designed to engage community audiences in an informal and fairly intimate setting. Lecture concerts will be held in person only, in front of a live audience. Proposals should include a short concert/lecture description and music selection, and should include an mp3 audio file or Youtube.com link displaying the performer’s musical ability. Proposals should be submitted by Monday, December 4, 2023. Notices of acceptance will be sent by December 15th. This year, the Musicking committee will grant one or more lecture-performers an award of up to $1000 to assist in travel and lodging costs. Lecture-performance applicants who wish to be considered for this award should indicate so in their proposal.

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