• Song Cycles Conference, April 20-22, 2018 image

    Song Cycles Conference, April 20-22, 2018

  • Song Cycles Conference, April 20-22, 2018 image

    Song Cycles Conference, April 20-22, 2018

"20th- and 21st-Century Song Cycles for Voice and Piano,” which will take place April 20-22, 2018, at Michigan State University.

The scope of the conference is song cycles for one voice and piano.

Because much of this music is seldom performed as well as little discussed, we envision pairing rigorous analytical exegeses by professional theorists and musicologists with performances of full cycles.

Call for Proposal

Participating scholars are responsible neither for participating in nor for arranging the performances. We will collaborate with our colleagues in voice performance and collaborative piano to organize performances of the works examined in the scholarly presentations accepted for the program. We hope to be able to arrange a performance of each cycle discussed. That said, a scholar who is also a vocalist or pianist is welcome to indicate a preference to present as well as perform.

For purposes of unity, we ask that scholarly presentations be proposed by theorists and musicologists studying music composed by other individual(s), rather than composers presenting on their own music.

Proposals for 30-minute presentations should include: 2 separate PDFs: a 500-word abstract that does not identify the author, and a 100-word biography of the author. Each presentation should address a single cycle for voice and piano. While one or more songs of the cycle certainly may receive more attention than others, papers should address the cycle as a whole including what ties the individual songs into a larger work. Proposals can be sent to cycles@music.msu.edu.

Since the original CFP omitted some of these details, the deadline for proposal submission has been moved to August 1st, 2017.

Please feel free to email Gordon Sly or Michael Callahan with any questions. 

Gordon Sly and Michael Callahan