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Volume 6, Number 5, November 2000
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Call for Papers: Graduate Association of Music and Musicians at University of Texas at Austin

GAMMA-UT is a graduate student organization of music theorists, ethno/musicologists, and composers, dedicated to promoting cooperation among these areas.

First annual conference: February 17, 2001

Call for Proposals: GAMMA-UT, the Graduate Association of Music and Musicians at UT, announces its first annual conference, to be held on Saturday, February 17, 2001, at the University of Texas at Austin. Scholars from the areas of music theory, musicology, and ethnomusicology will meet to share their research.

GAMMA-UT is soliciting student papers in the areas of music theory, musicology, and ethnomusicology. Papers may deal with any aspect of music research and analysis, including music outside the canon (nonwestern music, popular music, film music, etc.). Graduate students and advanced undergraduates are welcome to submit proposals.

Prospective presenters should submit a proposal of no longer than 300 words by December 15, 2000, via the forms on the GAMMA-UT web site ( Applicants will be notified of the program committee's decision as soon as possible after the deadline.

Questions concerning the conference should be directed to Marianne Tatom, GAMMA-UT 2001 Conference Chair (Theory

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Conference Announcement: Music Library Association 70th Annual Meeting

The Music Library Association (MLA) will hold its 70th Annual Meeting at the Grand Hyatt New York in New York City, February 21-25, 2001. MLA will be joined by members of the Theatre Library Association, the Dance Librarians Discussion Group of the ACRL Arts Section and the Congress on Research in Dance. The opening plenary session, titled "Documenting the Present for the Future," will be held in the Bartos Forum of the Humanities and Social Sciences Library of The New York Public Library. Panelists Betty Corwin and Madeline Nichols will describe the film and videotape documentation of contemporary drama and dance which is part of the NYPL's Billy Rose Theatre Collection and Jerome Robbins Dance Division. Committee and Roundtable programs during the meeting will encompass all of the performing arts. Mary E. Edsall, President of the Congress on Research in Dance, will give a talk on a core collection in dance. The second plenary session will focus on the quintcentenary of music printing. The four panelists will represent the perspectives of the composer, performer, publisher and historian.

The MLA Local Arrangements Committee, host of the 70th Annual Meeting, is planning special tours of the Louis Armstrong House and Archives in Queens, the Metropolitan Opera Archives, and the archives of the New York Philharmonic. Tours of several Broadway theaters will be organized by members of the Theatre Library Association. Additionally, there will be the MLA Organ Crawl and a jazz pub crawl of downtown Manhattan.

The annual meeting will also include a reception hosted by Grove's Dictionaries, Inc. at the Pierpont Morgan Library, the home of our country's largest collection of music manuscripts. A concert and reception to celebrate the completion of MLA's Plan 2001 will be held at the new Proschansky Auditorium of the City University Graduate Center. Banquet entertainment will include the Bobby Sanabria Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble.

For more information about MLA's 70th Annual Meeting, contact Christine Hoffman by phone at (212) 988-3792, by fax at (212) 327-4044 or e-mail at Information is also available on the MLA website:

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Call for Papers: Music Theory Midwest 2001

Music Theory Midwest Twelfth Annual Conference Cincinnati College Conservatory April 20-21, 2001 - Cincinnati, OH

Call for Proposals: Submission Deadline: 15 January 2001

The 12th Annual Conference of Music Theory Midwest will be held on April 20-21, 2001 at the Cincinnati College Conservatory in Cincinnati, Ohio in conjunction with the Society for Ethnomusicology-Midwest.

INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATIONS: The Program Committee welcomes offerings in all areas pertaining to research and pedagogy in the field of music theory. Proposals or special sessions on the following topics are particularly encouraged:

-the theory and analysis of popular music -the theory and analysis of non-Western music -the use of non-Western music by Western composers -American music

Individual presentations should be 20 minutes in length. The proposal should include a cover letter giving the author's name, email address, and paper title, along with a description of any special equipment required, and an abstract. The abstract is limited to 500 words and should be anonymous. For regular submission, mail the cover letter and five copies of the abstract, postmarked no later than 15 January 2001, to:

Lawrence Zbikowski
Program Chair, MTMW 2001
Department of Music,
University of Chicago
1010 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

ONLINE SUBMISSIONS: As an alternative to the above, MTMW has an online electronic submissions process. Only one copy of the abstract is necessary, which must be received by 15 January 2001. Go to Online Submissions at this URL:

SPECIAL SESSIONS: Proposals for special sessions or formats are also encouraged. These are exempt from the word limit, will not be read blind, and should include the names of the organizer and all participants. Special sessions must be "special" in the sense that they could not be put together by the Program Committee. Anyone wishing to propose a special session is advised to contact the Program Chair via e-mail well in advance of the proposal deadline at this address:

KOMAR STUDENT AWARD: As always, the Arthur J. Komar Award for best student paper will be presented at the conclusion of the meeting. Student presenters who wish to be considered for this award must identify this in their cover letters. A member is considered a "student" until the receipt of a terminal degree, or the acceptance of a full-time position.

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Conference Announcement, Call for Papers, and Call for Compositions: Microfest 2001 Conference and Festival of Music In Alternate Tunings

Special guest: Lou Harrison
April 6-8, 2001 Claremont Colleges, Claremont California
The Year of the Harry Partch Centennial

The Claremont Colleges are pleased to announce a Conference and Festival of Music in Alternate Tunings as a part of MicroFest 2001, the Southern California celebration of microtonal music. We seek papers, compositions, and other participation for this event, to be held Friday through Sunday, April 6-8, 2001. MicroFest is not exclusive of any musical style or tuning system, except twelve-tone equal temperament.

CALL FOR PAPERS MicroFest 2001 seeks proposalsfor presentations in a variety of formats on the use of non-12-tone equal tempered tunings and temperaments in music -- contemporary, historical, Western, non-Western, and all styles. Topic areas could include but need not be limited to:

Presentations may take the form of papers, lecture-demonstrations, panel discussions, or other formats. Presentations by a single person will normally last 25 minutes, though exceptions may be made depending on the proposal. Panel discussions will generally last no more than 50 minutes. Proposals should include:

Email proposals are preferred, but hardcopy proposals may be sent to the address below.

Call for Compositions

MicroFest 2001 seeks submissions of compositions in definite tunings other than 12-tone equal temperament. Submissions may be in one of the following three categories:

For most live performance proposals, the composer will be asked to provide all necessary performers. Please indicate whether the composer will be able to attend the conference. Submissions should include:

Registration for the Conference

Conference registration is free, but registering in advance of the conference is encouraged to guarantee space. Conference keynote dinner is $20 US, but reservations for the dinner must be made before March 15. Conference registrations may be made by mail to the address below. Please make checks payable to Harvey Mudd College. All concerts are free and open to the public.

DEADLINE FOR ALL MATERIALS: January 1, 2001 (postmark). Text materials may be sent by email to All other materials should be sent to:

MicroFest 2001 Conference
Bill Alves
Harvey Mudd College 301 E. 12th St.
Claremont CA 91711 USA

The MicroFest 2001 Conference is supported by the Claremont Colleges, including Pomona College Music Department, Harvey Mudd College Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Garrett Fund, Scripps College, and the Claremont Colleges Academic Deans Council.

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Call for Papers: "Poetry and Music: An International Conference"

Call for Papers for a panel on Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart

"Poetry and Music: An International Conference" -- University of Liege, April 1-4, 2001

We are especially interested in proposals dealing with the following topics:

Please send abstract only by January 15, 2001 to:
Michel Delville and Andrew Norris
English Department
University of Liege 3, Place Cockerill
4000 Liege

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Conference Announcement and Call for Papers: NECMT Annual Meeting

HOST: Hartt College of Music

DATE: April 7-8 2001

Deborah Stein (New England Conservatory), President,
Deborah Burton (Harvard), Secretary,
David Cohen (Harvard), Treasurer,


Sixteenth Annual Meeting April 7-8, 2001

The Hartt School (University of Hartford) West Hartford, CT

Program Committee
Richard Bass (University of Connecticut), Chair
Gary Karpinsky (University of Massacusetts - Amherst)
Akane Mori (Hartt School of Music)
Deborah Stein (New England Conservatory) ex officio

Proposal deadline: January 15, 2001

NECMT 2001 features a Saturday afternoon plenary session on pedagogy. We will offer a panel presentation and discussion, featuring Ann Blombach, Steve Laitz and other guests. We encourage pedagogy paper and poster proposals, especially covering these four topics: (1) Fundamentals, harmony, and counterpoint: texts and techniques; (2) Sight Singing and ear training; (3) Topics outside the tonal realm: early music, world music, 20th century, jazz and popular music; and (4) Technology and theory: CAI and web-based resources. Proposals on general topics are also invited for Saturday and Sunday morning sessions.

Sessions provide 30 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion of each paper. All who wish to propose papers should send four copies of a three-to-five-page proposal and an abstract suitable for publication, by January 15, 2001, to the following address (a floppy disk of the abstract also should be provided in the mailing):

Deborah Burton
NECMT Secretary
258 Main Street
Groton, Massachusetts 01450

Proposals are read blind; they should contain no identification of the author. With your proposal and abstract copies, please include a cover letter giving your name, address, phone, email, affiliation, the title of your proposal, and any special equipment or arrangements required. Proposals for session topics may be sent, signed, directly to the Program Chair. For more information, contact Debbie Burton at



COST AND PAYMENT OPTIONS: Membership in NECMT not necessary for paper proposal.


Deborah Burton
NECMT Secretary
258 Main Street
Massachusetts 01450

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Conference Announcement and Call for Papers: Universite de Paris et Sorbonne in collaboration with the University of Catania, "LIfe and Works of Vincenzo Bellini"

Vincenzo Bellini and France: History, Performance and Reception of His Work

Paris, Sorbonne, 5 and 6 November 2001

Organizing Committee: Daniele Pistone, Salvatore Enrico Failla, Giuseppe Montemagno

The life and works of Vincenzo Bellini (b. Catania, 1801 d. Puteaux, 1835) are divided between an initial Italian phase and the Parisian consecration which climaxes with the premiere of I Puritani at the Theatre Italien. We extend an invitation to participate to all of our musicologist colleagues interested by matters pertaining to the composer's Parisian sojourn, ultimate musical creations and death, but also to relationships with the musical milieu, influences of French opera or the “silence” of Italian musicians in France. The studies may, for instance, concern the relationship of Bellini's work with France (literary sources for the librettos, the two versions of I Puritani, the non-theatrical production), his reception on operatic stages and in the press, musical settings of Bellini themes and literary texts. In a more general way the contributions may further highlight the relationships among Sicilians and the French in the first half of the 19th century.

The symposium will take place on 5 and 6 November 2001, in celebration of the two-hundredth anniversary of the composer's birth (3 November 1801). For each of the two days 8 to 10 papers of 20-30 minutes are planned, each followed by 15 minutes of discussion. The working languages will be French, English and Italian. In order to help expedite publication procedures the definitive text ready for printing will be requested at the end of the symposium, on floppy disc or printout, accompanied by a summary in English for the articles in French or Italian, and a summary in French for articles written in English. Free admission to all sessions. Travel and lodging will be at the expense of the participants.

Those interested are asked to send the information requested below to the following addresses before 15 January 2001:

Observatoire Musical Francais, Universite de Paris, Sorbonne 1, rue Victor Cousin, esc. G, 3e etage 75230 Paris Cedex 05
Fax:[+33] [0]1 40 46 25 88

Pre-Registration Form

Last Name:
First Name:
Postal Code:

wishes to participate in the International Symposium Vincenzo Bellini and France. Histoire, Performance and Reception of his Works, on 5 and 6 November 2001 at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. Should you wish to propose a paper, please specify the title below and a give a summary.

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Conference Announcment: Third International Conference on Music Theory in Tallinn, Estonia

HOST: Estonian Music Academy (

DATE: March 9-10, 2001

DESCRIPTION: In 1996 and 1998, the Estonian Music Academy organized two conferences on music theory, reflecting a great variety on music theory, reflecting a variety of concepts, aims, and methods of music analysis. The proceedings of these conferences were later published by the Academy ("A Composition as a Problem", Tallinn, 1997, 1999).

During the Third conference, special -- though not exclusive -- emphasis will be placed on theoretical and practical aspects of Schenkerian analysis. Invited participants include Carl Schachter, Edward Laufer, Christopher Wintle, William Drabkin, Timothy Jackson, Graham Phipps, and Lauri Suurpää.

The conference will include an analytical symposium on the last movement of Johannes Brahms's Third Symphony and a round-table discussion of Carl Schachter's recently published collection "Unfoldings" (Oxford University Press, 1999).

The conference will be held in English.


COST AND PAYMENT OPTIONS: There is no registration fee.

TRAVEL AND HOTEL INFORMATION: Arrival in Tallinn, Estonia, is primarily by air or sea. Please visit the following websites for travel and hotel information:

CONTACT: Evelin Kõrvits, Secretary

Margus Pärtlas, Associate Professor of Music Theory

Estonian Academy of Music
Department of Musicology
Rävala pst. 16
Tallinn 10143 Estonia

Phone (372) 6675 718
Fax (372) 6675 805

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Call for Compositions: Salvatore Marirano Memorial Composition Award

University of Illinois School of Music announces the 2001 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award

Eligibility: Any composer, regardless of age or nationality.

Award: Cash award of $500 and a performance by the University of Illinois New Music Ensemble in the fall of 2001 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Judges: A panel of judges consisting of University of Illinois music composition faculty members will select the winning composition. The composer whose work is selected for performance will assume full responsibility for providing adequate performance materials upon request.

1. medium: Full scores of any style and aesthetic direction for one to ten players may be submitted. Works for tape, electronics and/or mixed media with or without instruments are eligible.
2. duration: Maximum 20 minutes.
3. limit: One entry per composer.
4. entry fee: A non-returnable entry fee of fifteen U.S. dollars ($15.00) in the form of a check mustbe attached to each score. All checks must be payable to the University of Illinois and be either an international money order or drawn from a U.S. bank.
5. anonymous submission: Composer's name must not appear on the score. A sealed envelope must accompany the score and contain the composer's name, address, telephone number/e-mail (if applicable) and a brief biographical sketch If a recording of the work is available, it should accompany the score and be identified only by the title of the composition.
6. return of materials: Scores will not be returned unless a self-addressed, stamped envelope of the proper size is enclosed.

Send submissions to:

2001 Martirano Composition Award
Attn: Zack Browning
2136 Music Building
University of Illinois
1114 West Nevada
Urbana,IL 61801

Previous Winners 1997 Jason Eckardt, Echoes' White Veil
1998 Karim Al-Zand, String Quartet
1999 Keith Moore, A Vagrant on Every Floor
1999 Craig T. Walsh, 0 to 33 in 1045.5
2000 Sophia Serghi, Sizzle

DEADLINE: All submissions must be postmarked by February 1, 2001

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