The winter one-day conference of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology will be held at The Institute of Musical Research, part of the School of Advanced Study at the University of London.  The theme for the day will be ‘The Impact of Ethnomusicology’.
‘Impact’ is both a buzz-word and a bête noire in British higher education at present. Scholars in publicly-funded institutions are increasingly being asked to assess the influence of their research outside of the academy, and this applies just as much to ethnomusicologists employed in such institutions as to others.
Nevertheless, perhaps more than any other part of the music studies field, the public-facing nature of ethnomusicology, and its emphasis on participation and social experience, on understanding musical ‘being-in-the-world’ as Jeff Todd Titon puts it, has ensured that ethnomusicologists have usually been very mindful of their relationship to those around them, and of the consequences their work might have. Rather than simply responding to political imperatives, therefore, we instead want to use this conference to reflect on the consequences of our work, for good and for ill, in the wider world; and, building on a long disciplinary tradition of self scrutiny and re-invention, to consider what this tells us about ethnomusicology, and how it might help us position and develop the discipline in the rapidly changing times in which we find ourselves.
The following broadly-conceived questions that we might address are offered merely as starting points:
.     In what ways, and over what kinds of timescales, have ethnomusicologists
impacted on the people with whom they work, and the environments in which that work takes place? How might the impact of such work be evaluated or valorised beyond ‘conventional’ ethnomusicological outputs?
.     Is ethnomusicological impact usually positive-or at least benign-or are
there clear instances of negative consequences?  How might one construe the negative impact of ethnomusicology, and should such work necessarily be avoided?
.     How does the notion of impact overlap with disciplinary considerations
of applied ethnomusicology?
.     When does ethnomusicology become so applied – that is, in its
engagements with social issues or its advocacy on behalf of particular culture bearers – that it calls into question the boundaries of conventional scholarship and supposed scholarly distance?
.     To what extent should scholarly organisations such as BFE proactively
engage with organisations such as WOMAD or South Asian Arts, and what is the relationship between such engagements and other forms of research?
.     To what extent does the impact of ethnomusicology define the discipline,
or to what extent should it be allowed to do so?
.     Notwithstanding that current discourses around impact tend to focus on
social and cultural consequences outside of the academy, how has the development of ethnomusicology impacted upon the academy as a whole, or any of its constituent parts, particularly in areas far removed from cognate disciplines such as music or anthropology?
Potential contributors are invited to submit abstracts of up to 300 words to the administrator of the IMR, Valerie James, preferably via email (, or by post to:
Valerie James
Institute of Musical Research
School of Advanced Study
University of London
Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU
Queries relating to the theme of day or the BFE may be addressed to the conference convenor, Dr Stephen Cottrell (
The deadline for submissions is 1st September 2010, and contributors will be advised by mid September.
Further information on the conference will be uploaded on the BFE website as it becomes available:

Aiken Youth Orchestras Fall Auditions

Aiken Youth Orchestras Fall Auditions
Saturday August 28th, 2010 and Tuesday August 31st, 2010

The Aiken Youth Orchestras will hold auditions for the fall semester, August 28th from 2 to 4 p.m. and August 31st from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Aiken Center for the Arts. Auditions are open to all students grades 3 and up with at least one year experience on their instruments. There is no audition fee, but scheduling a time is recommended.
Aiken Center for the Arts
Aiken, South Carolina
For information (803) 641-9094
E-mail to: Cathy Rumble

“Musical Thinking, Thinking Musically”

“Musical Thinking, Thinking Musically.

The session will focus on exploring the ways in which music was involved with the other arts:  songs in dramatic production, as a vehicle for presenting poetry, and as the subject matter for paintings.  Understanding how music and musical performance interacted with the other arts is crucial for our perception of the place of all the arts in society.  46th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan. May 12-15, 2011
Please submit your abstract by 15 September 2010 to:
Patricia Hollahan
Western Michigan Univ.
Medieval Institute Publications
1903 W. Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5432
Phone: 269-387-8754
Fax: 269-387-8750

E-mail: patricia.hollahan at

The submission form can be downloaded from the following URL:

Call for papers: double issue!

Please find attached a call for papers for a new online music research journal.
The Journal of Music Research Online (JMRO) is a freely accessible, peer-reviewed journal for the publication of scholarly research in music. It has a distinguished international editorial board, broad scope and only publishes research which is of the highest international standard. Its web site is at

Editors are inviting articles for the Fall and Winter 2010 double issue of Music Reference Services Quarterly, the peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor & Francis. The articles should fall within the scope of music librarianship in any of the following categories:
· administration and management
· bibliographic instruction
· collection development
· digital audio delivery
· electronic resources
· facilities
· music librarianship education
· preservation of music materials
· reference services
· cataloging
· bibliographies involving printed music and audio-visual materials
The submissions are due August 16, 2010. Conference presentations and poster sessions that would be appropriate to expand as  a journal article within the scope of Music Reference Services Quarterly are welcome.  No previously published, simultaneously submitted material will be considered. For additional information and a description of the review process, Music Reference Services Quarterly contributor guidelines may be found at:
All papers should be emailed to Ana Dubnjakovic ( and Michelle Hahn (

“A Little Summer Music” Hammered Dulcimer Concert

“A Little Summer Music” Hammered Dulcimer Concert
Tuesday July 13th, 2010

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Columbia continues its “A Little Summer Music” summer concert series July 13th with the Humphries/Isley Duo. The concert is free and begins at 12 noon. Stephen Humphries is well-known for his hammered dulcimer performances as well as on drums and percussion. In 2007 he won the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. He will pair up with Columbia guitarist and singer/songwriter Jesse Isley, who has performed with artists such as Will Hoge and the Avett Brothers. Box lunches can be reserved and prepaid ($10) by July 9th; call 252-1994.

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church
Columbia, South Carolina

For information (803) 765-1519
Contact: (803 765-1519

Interdisciplinary Approaches to ‘Voice’ in Music, Theatre and Film (Song, Stage and Screen V)

3 to 5 September 2010
Winchester, United Kingdom
Contact name: Millie Taylor and Ben Macpherson
The interdisciplinary ‘Song, Stage and Screen’ conference this year focuses on ‘voice’ in its many forms: from singing, extended voice, narration opera, or speech to the voice of composers, authors, filmmakers… in opera,theatre and film.
Organized by: University of Winchester
Deadline for abstracts/proposals:31 January 2010&n

Check the event website for latest details.

2011 Lyrica Dialogues at Harvard


The Lyrica Society invites abstracts for its 2011 Dialogues at Harvard, themed “France the Lewd–France the Prude / France Erotique–France Pudique” scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 1-2. Six panels, organized by historical periods (Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern) will juxtapose moral, ethical, and aesthetic dimensions of religion and spirituality with sensual, sexual, and gendered eroticism in the confluence of French music and literature.

The conference’s languages will be English and French. Papers are to last no longer than 20 minutes, followed by a 10-minute question-and-answer period.

Abstracts not exceeding 250 words in length may be drafted in either language and should be submitted by September 1, 2010 to lyricasociety at

We look forward to welcoming you to these devastatingly decadent disputations.


Paul-Andre Bempechat, President
Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relations
pabempec at

“In Beauty We Walk: Changing Women and the New Musical Landscape.”

The International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM) and Northern Arizona University School of Music, in cooperation with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra are pleased to announce the IAWM Congress 2011 to be held September 15-18 in Flagstaff, AZ. The theme of our congress is “In Beauty We Walk: Changing Women and the New Musical Landscape.” The four-day congress will be held on the campus of Northern Arizona University and will feature established and upcoming women composers as well as students, musicologists, music theorists and ethnomusicologists, educators, performers and conductors who will contribute their knowledge and expertise in concerts, workshops, papers and panel discussions.
The title of this conference illuminates the rich history of the region and is meant to represent cultures and histories throughout many nations. The story of Navajo creation figure Changing Woman contains images and metaphors with which many women today can identify. The overarching principle of walking in beauty is easily experienced in one of the most strikingly spectacular landscapes of the United States, including one of the seven natural wonders of the world, The Grand Canyon.
Information about how, when and where to submit papers and compositions will be available by August 1, 2010.
Information about Northern Arizona University School of Music and Flagstaff, AZ can be found at the following sites:
Information about the surrounding area can be found at the following sites:
Travel information is available here:
Some cultural information can be found at the following sites:

July summer music camps from the School of Music

July 5–8 School of Music: USC String Project Summer Camp. The USC String Project will offer its annual summer camp for students in grades 3–12 who are studying string music. Students will have daily group music instruction culminating with an afternoon concert July 8. The camp is open to all students who have completed one year of instruction. For information, call 803-777-9568 or send an e-mail to

July 12–16 School of Music: Carolina Opera Experience, a day camp for children in grades 5–9, 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. The camp will include daily workshops with professional-level opera singers, directors, and designers, exploring the basics of creating characters with and through music, singing, and learning about set lighting and costume design. Ideal for young musicians, singers, and actors. For more information,
contact Ellen Schlaefer at 803-777-0058 or or go to the Opera at USC Web site at

From the USC TIMES.