“20th and 21st-Century Song Cycles for Voice and Piano,” a conference hosted by the Michigan State University College of Music on April 20-22, 2018, will bring together scholars and performers interested in exploring this music from complementary perspectives.
We envision a series of paired presentations, each comprising a 30-minute paper followed by a performance of the full cycle. Additional details about the conference will added to this site.
Call for proposals
This announcement serves as a call for proposals for the paper components of these presentations. Given the hybrid format of the conference, each presentation should be limited in scope to a single song cycle for one voice and piano composed in the 20th or 21st century.
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. Papers that would be of interest to a broader audience of not only music scholars, but also performers of song cycles are especially encouraged.
An aim of the conference is to explore a diverse representation of composers, poets, and voice types.
Proposals must be received by email at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1, 2017, and must consist of two separate PDF files: a 500-word abstract that does not identify the author, and a 100-word biography of the author.