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2014 SCI Region V Conference

March 27-29, 2014, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

Host: Christopher Biggs and Lisa Coons
Email: christopher.biggs@wmich.edu; lisa.coons@wmich.edu
Paper/Presentations Deadline: August 15, 2013
Compositions Deadline:* Extended to September 15, 2013
Fee: None for submission

WMU is thrilled to host the 2014 SCI Region V Conference. We are inviting composers and scholars to submit their creative work.

Who is eligible and what restrictions exist?

Notes regarding submissions


Works may be submitted for the following instrumentation to be considered for performance by Western Michigan faculty and student performers/ensembles in any combination:


We also welcome presentation submissions, 20 to 60 minute talks, on musicological and/or theoretical topics related to 21st century music.

Music composed in the 21st century employs an enormous range of aesthetics, approaches, and media, while still remaining richly reflective of contemporary culture and technology. This conference will celebrate that diversity by inviting artists to present unique works for a variety of media and instrumentations. However, study and rigorous discussion have always been a part of thoughtful art making. The wealth of subgenres and schools of thought has made it difficult to define universally applicable analytic methodologies and consistent vocabularies. We aim to promote the discussion of contemporary practices and aesthetics in order to facilitate a dialogue.

We invite scholars and composer-scholars to submit proposals for papers and presentations relating to the intersection of compositional/technological tools, analysis, aesthetics, reception, and/or media in 21st century music and sound art. Applicants will be asked to submit an abstract and to specify an ideal timing for the presentation (20 or 40 minutes). Proposals for presentations on one’s own compositions will not be accepted.

Submission procedures

Composition submission deadline: Sept. 1, 2013

Paper/Presentation proposal deadline: Aug. 15, 2013

Composition and paper submissions will be via Google Drive at the link below. You will not be able to upload files, only submit links to download or stream files. Please do not link to a download that will expire prior January 15, 2014. (If you are unable to complete the submission process as described, please contact us for other options.)