Coming up:

2015 International Conference of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America

May 21-24, 2015

The Schulich School of Music of McGill University

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PERFORMANCES

The Historical Keyboard Society of North America (HKSNA) and the Schulich School of Music of McGill University (Montreal, Canada) are pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the Fourth Annual Meeting of the HKSNA:

“French Connections: Networks of Influence and Modes of Transmission of French Classical Keyboard Music”

The conference will be held at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, from May 21 to 24, 2015.
The conference aims to deepen understanding of French baroque keyboard music, its style, influence, transmission, and the different teaching traditions that nourished it. Although it is difficult to speak of a single French baroque keyboard style, it remains true that the grand siècle generated a musical classicism cultivated by keyboardists not only in France but transnationally. Here, the terms ‘classical’ and ‘baroque’ are used interchangeably and signify the same thing.

A special section of the conference is dedicated to the internationally-renowned organist and pedagogue, John Grew, Organist Emeritus at McGill University and an expert of the French classical organ and harpsichord. Concerts by guest keyboard performers will also be offered to conference participants and the general public, and master classes will be open to qualified students and participants.

The programme committee encourages submissions of individual papers, round-table discussions, group sessions, lecture-recitals, mini-recitals, and multimedia demonstrations on the following topics as they relate to French baroque keyboard music and historical keyboards:

  • Networks of influence within and beyond France;
  • Pedagogical treatises and other sources of transmission;
  • Legacies and influence of composers or groups of composers and performers;
  • Repertoires, genres, and contexts of performance;
  • Connections with other media such as literature and art;
  • Instruments and builders;
  • Patronage and politics;
  • New perspectives or insights into le goût français.

Although the principal theme for this year’s international conference is French baroque keyboard music, proposals of presentations outside or peripheral to this theme, including contemporary repertoires and issues for historic keyboard instruments, are also welcome and will be accommodated if possible.

Available instruments include single- and double-manual harpsichords by Yves Beaupré, Willard Martin, Frank Hubbard and William Post Ross, clavichords and a fortepiano, and, on May 21 only, the French-classical organ by Hellmuth Wolff in Redpath Hall.

Submission procedure.  Abstracts of no more than 400 words excluding titles must be received by 5 p.m. EST on 30 September, 2014. Only one proposal per presenter or group of presenters can be chosen.

Lecture-recital, mini-recital, and multimedia demonstration proposals must also include a sample recording, provided via internet link or as an attached MP3 file.

All proposals, whether they be for papers, lecture-recitals, mini-recitals, multimedia demonstrations, round tables or group sessions, must include short biographical statements for all presenters. Presentations should last no longer than 25 minutes.

  • Presenters must be members of HKSNA. Presenters must also register for the conference and cover their own travel and other expenses.

Presenters whose proposals are chosen will be invited to revise their abstracts for the conference program. Results will be transmitted to presenters by 30 October, 2014. Please send your proposal abstracts directly to hksna2015@gmail.com.

Programme Committee:

Frances Conover Fitch

Hank Knox

Sonia Lee

Rachelle Taylor

Lena Weman

 

Of special note: This year, HKSNA hosts the Ninth Aliénor International Harpsichord Composition Competition.  For more details:  http://historicalkeyboardsociety.org/competitions/alienor-competition/.