Forthcoming Events

Forthcoming events organised by the SMA and sister organisations are listed below (more comprehensive conference listings are identified on the Links page). We will happily list events that may be of interest to our members – please sent details to Limited bursaries for travel and accommodation expenses are available to student members of the Society who are attending SMA events – please see the Travel Grants page.

Be not afeard: language, music and cultural memory in the operas of Thomas Adès

Senate House, London 24–25 April 2017

With invited contributions from: Thomas Adès, Philip Hensher, Meredith Oakes, John Roeder (University of British Columbia), Peter Evans (Queen Mary University of London) and Mark Millington (University of Nottingham)

Registration is open and can be booked here:

A provisional programme is available here:

Thomas Adès has drawn attention to the ‘mysterious thing that happens when you set actions to music: a third shape that emerges when something non-visual like a musical score is acted out by people moving on a stage’. This conference will explore Adès’s three operatic shapes of music, text, and performative realisation through the lenses of language and cultural memory.

The event will take place over two days. The first day will focus on analytical and theoretical approaches to Adès’s operas, and will conclude with a round table on The Exterminating Angel prior to the UK premiere of the opera at the Royal Opera House that evening. The second day will focus on Adès’s operas and their broader contexts.

If you have any questions or difficulty with the registration process, please email

The conference is part of the research programme of the AHRC-funded Open World Research Initiative, and is held in collaboration with the Institute for Modern Languages Research, Music and Letters Trust, and the Society for Music Analysis. It has been organized by Dr Edward Venn (University of Leeds), Professor Catherine Davies (Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study) and Dr Paul Archbold (Kingston University).

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Music Analysis Workshop: ‘The Intersections between Schenker and Philosophy’

Saturday 29th April 2017, Middlesex University, London

The Society for Music Analysis is launching its third Music Analysis Workshop, to be held at Middlesex University London on Saturday 29th April 2017 from 12pm to 6pm. Following the success of the previous workshop on Analysis and (Critical) Theory in 2016, this event aims to build further upon the intersections between analysis, philosophy, and history.

The workshop is designed to benefit graduate students of any level who might want to learn more about a particular analytic method, practice analytical skills in a friendly environment, or who might be interested to discover ways in which analysis might be used as a tool to supplement broader research questions. Challenging negative preconceptions, it aims to make both analytical methodologies and their hermeneutic applications more accessible to anyone interested in enriching their interpretations of musical works.

The event begins with two interactive workshops that will explore the historical aspects of Schenker’s philosophy, as well as philosophical interpretations of Schenkerian theory within an analytical case study, and concludes with a roundtable session. The workshops will be led by William Drabkin (Emeritus Professor, University of Southampton), who will discuss some of Schenker’s thoughts on his worldly surroundings (including human behavior, nature, aesthetics and religion), as found mainly in private writings: his voluminous correspondence, and especially the entries in his diaries immediately prior to the onset of the First World War; and by Christopher Tarrant (Lecturer in Music, Anglia Ruskin University) who will speak about the ways in which Nielsen’s symphonic sonata forms might relate to Schenkerian thought, and in particular to the syntactical, hermeneutic, and historical implications of a ‘break in the hierarchy’. The final roundtable session will consider the place of Schenkerian analysis in the current musicological climate from the perspective of students and academics, and will debate the relevance (and necessity) of Schenkerian analysis for the ever-increasing diversity of musical study.

Call for participants

Expressions of interest are to be sent to Rebecca Day ( by Saturday 1st April 2017.

You do not have to be a member of the SMA but members will be eligible for travel bursaries. The deadline to apply for bursaries is Saturday 8th April 2017. Information on how to apply can be found at For information on membership fees see

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9th European Music Analysis Conference (EuroMAC 9)

University of Strasbourg, 28 June – 1 July 2017

The 9th European Music Analysis Conference (EuroMAC 9) will be held in Strasbourg from 28 June to 1 July 2017. It is organised by the University of Strasbourg’s GRÉAM Research Centre and the French Society for Music Analysis (SFAM) with the support of the European societies for music analysis. The call for papers is now available from the conference website and we are particularly keen to receive proposals in keeping with the themes of the conference. The CFP has also been published on the SMA website: click here.

Submission deadline (papers, posters, pre-organsied sessions): 15 November 2016

Participating societies:

• Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie (GMTH) • Gruppo Analisi et Teoria musicale (GATM) • Polskie Towarzystwo Analizy Muzycznej (PTAM) • Société belge d’analyse musicale (SBAM) • Société française d’analyse musicale (SFAM) • Society for Music Analysis (SMA) • Society for Theory of Music/Obščestvo teorii muzyki (OTM) • Vereniging voor Muziektheorie (VvM) Please visit for further information

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The First International Conference on Women’s Work in Music

4 –7 September 2017, Bangor University, Wales

Deadline for Proposals:  1 March 2017. See also Call for Papers.

Proposal Submissions:

The First International Conference on Women’s Work in Music aims to bring together academics, researchers and music professionals to share their research and experience of women working in music. The conference will explore and analyse the diverse historical, cultural and political themes of women’s work in music, and will provide a platform for participants to present and discuss recent developments and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted.

The conference is organised by the School of Music at Bangor University, Wales and has been timed to mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Grace Williams (1906-77), one of the first professional Welsh composers of the 20th century to attain international recognition.

The First International Conference on Women’s Work in Music will seek to both celebrate the achievements of women musicians, and to critically explore and discuss the changing contexts of women’s work in music on the international stage. Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit proposals which engage with a range of methodologies and perspectives on women’s work in music, whether these be from an academic, practice-based or educational viewpoint. A detailed Call for Papers has been published by the SMA here.

The Conference Committee will make its final decision on the abstracts by 3 April 2017, and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter. Further information about the programme, registration, accommodation and the conference dinner will be posted on the website after that date.

Conference Organising Committee

Chris Collins, Bangor University; Annika Forkert, Bristol University; Christina Homer, Bangor University: Laura Hamer, Liverpool Hope University: Rhiannon Mathias (Organiser), Bangor University; Wyn Thomas, Bangor University.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Sophie Fuller, Faculty of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Jessica Duchen

For any additional information, please contact Rhiannon Mathias –

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ICMSN/SurreyMAC 2017

11-14 September 2017, University of Surrey

The combined Tenth Biennial International Conference on Music Since 1900 and Surrey Music Analysis Conference (ICMSN/SurreyMAC 2017) will take place on Monday 11th to Thursday 14th September 2017 at the University of Surrey.

The ICMSN theme is music since 1900, conceived in the broadest possible terms. Proposals for papers may be submitted on any topic relating to 20th- and 21st-century musics (of any genre), drawing on scholarly approaches from any relevant intellectual discipline.

The Music Analysis Conference welcomes papers on any aspect of theory and analysis relating to music of any genre and historical period.

Proposals in the following categories will be considered:

  • Papers (20 minutes maximum, with 10 minutes for discussion)
  • Paper sessions (three or four papers, each of 20 minutes maximum, with 10 minutes per paper for discussion)
  • Roundtable discussions (up to 6 participants, each giving a short position paper, followed by a general discussion, total running time of 90 or 120 minutes)
  • Recitals, lecture-recitals and lectures illustrated by sound diffusions or audio-visual screenings (maximum duration 90 minutes)
  • Demonstrations and discussions of practice (maximum duration 90 minutes)

Proposal Instructions/Guidelines

Abstracts and proposals should be prepared as follows:

  • For individual papers: up to 250 words
  • For paper sessions: 250-word (maximum) summary and up to 200 words for each session participant
  • For roundtable discussions: 250-word (maximum) and up to 150 words for each panel participant
  • For recitals, lecture-recitals and lectures illustrated by sound diffusions or audio-visual screenings: 250 word (maximum) summary, plus participant CVs and recordings / scores / other details of works to be included in the event (contact the organiser to discuss)
  • For demonstrations and discussions of practice: 250 word (maximum) summary, plus participant CVs and recordings / scores / other details of works to be included in the event (contact the organiser to discuss, and to ascertain equipment and space available).

Further information for applicants:

  • Only one proposal of each type is permitted per applicant
  • Proposals should not substantially duplicate presentations being given at conferences or other events proximate in time or place to ICMSN/SurreyMAC 2017
  • All proposals must be sent by email as a MS Word or pdf attachment to
  • Proposals need not be anonymized.

All enquiries should be sent to


Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their proposal by 17 March 2017.

Programme Committee

Dr Tom Armstrong (Surrey), Dr Shay Loya (City), Dr Chris Mark (Surrey; Chair), Professor Allan Moore (Surrey), Dr Lauren Redhead (Canterbury Christ Church), Dr Eva Moreda Rodriguez (Glasgow), Dr Kenneth Smith (Liverpool), Dr Georgia Volioti (Surrey).

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