Upcoming Meetings & Conferences


Conference announcements of interest to AIRS  (and submission deadlines, as available)

 2017 will see a plethora of relevant bi- or tri-annual international meetings (ICMPC, ISME, Music and Neuromusic V, International Association of Music and Medicine),  as well as annually held meetings (MIMM Neuromusic, Congress, CAMT, CPA, CSBBCS, OR and more). Members of AIRS are encouraged to take these opportunities to disseminate their work. 

Upcoming Conferences        Upcoming Choral Festivals

  • Interpersonal Entrainment in Music Performance - Open Workshop, Durham University, Stockton Road, Durham UK, 9th March 2017. Workshop activities will include both presentations on the topic and the approach of the IEMP (Interpersonal Entrainment in Music Performance) project, and interactive sessions exploring particular areas of theory and analytical method, such as (a) entrainment analysis using audio onset data, (b) entrainment analysis using movement data extracted from video, and (c) discussion of the relationship between empirical analysis and ethnographic or contextual information. Expressions of interest from (typically) postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers should be sent to project administrator Jacky Pankhurst (jacqueline.pankhurst@durham.ac.uk) by 31st January 2017. Limited funds are available to support the travel of postgraduate students to attend the session: please indicate if you wish to be considered for a bursary.   Link

  • The 10th International Conference for Research in Music Education, April 18-22, 2017, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK. The aim of the conference is to gather together researchers, teachers and practitioners to share and discuss research that is concerned with all aspects of teaching and learning in music: musical development, perception and understanding, creativity, learning theory, pedagogy, curriculum design, informal settings, music for special needs, technologies, instrumental teaching, teacher education, gender and culture. Music education is also viewed in the context of arts education, the whole curriculum and its sociocultural contexts. Keynote speakers to include: Professor Evert Bisschop Boele – Prince Claus Conservatoire, Groningen, Netherlands; Professor Patricia Shehan Campbell – University of Washington, USA; Professor Heidi Westerlund – Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki, Finland; Associate Professor Ruth Wright – Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University, Canada.  Deadline for Submissions has passed.  Link

  • The European Association of Cochlear Implant Users - EURO-CIU Symposium 2017, Helsinki, Finland, 20-21 April.   Link  The topics are Health Economics, Music and Cognitive Development, Peer Support and Rehabilitation, Accessibility to Education, Multilingualism, and Design for All. We invite submission of short abstracts. Abstract deadline: 20th February. Decisions: 12th March.   Link

  • Conscious Cities Conference No. 2, London UK, May 3, 2017, explores the connections between neuroscience, architecture, and technology.   Link

  • Association for Psychological Science, Boston, 25-28 May 2017. Symposium submission deadline has expired.  Link 

  • The Neurosciences and Music  - VI, 15-18 June 2017, Boston, Mass. Symposium submission deadline has expired. Poster deadline: February 15.  Link 

  • The Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) 2017 Summer Institute for Educators, University of California at Berkely, Clark Kerr Campus, June 25-30 OR July 16-21, 2017. This conference provides education professionals from all over the world the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the science of prosocial human development and, most importantly, to learn how the practical application of this science can be used to help them build classrooms and schools where both the students and adults thrive and where education becomes about more than just test scores and future job skills. Priority Application Deadline is February 1, 2017.    Link

  • 24th International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV24), London from 23 - 27 July, 2017, by the the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration (IIAV) and the Institute of Acoustics/UK (IOA). Scientists and engineers will share their latest research results and exchange ideas on theories, technologies and applications in the fields of acoustics and vibration.   Link

  • The Society for Music perception and Cognition (SMPC), San Diego, CA. 30 July - 3 August, 2017.  Submissions deadline: 15 Feb, 2017.  Link


Upcoming Choral Festivals    Past Choral Festivals


Past Conferences

  • 12th Annual NeuroMusic Conference:  "The therapeutic nature of music across the lifespan",   The McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind.  November 10th, 2016, 9 am to 10 pm-  McMaster Innovation Park.  Link 

  • Music, Mind & Society,  September 12th, 2016, Ingram Hall, Vanderbilt University.  Program

  • Music and Lifelong Learning Symposium, October 13-15, 2016, Ithaca College, New York’s Finger Lakes Region, New York USA. Areas of research sought may feature (but are not limited to) research concerning adult music learning and participation, adult music literacy and cognition, senior citizens leisure time and music, adulthood music participation, aging processes and ability to stay involved with music, social and psychological issues of lifelong learning, and (or course!) stories of success with the New Horizons Music programs. Deadline for abtract submissions has passed. Submit to: Susan J. Avery, Symposium Host, savery@ithaca.edu (607-274-3785 - office).

  • New Directions for Performance and Music Teacher Education, A Symposium on University Music Education in China, November 2-5, 2016. The Arts College of Xiamen University, Xiamen City, Fujian Province, China; new thinking about the places, purposes, and methods of educating musicians in contemporary China. To apply, please include the following: (1) one-page letter of intent (2) one-page resume (3) 500-word abstract of proposed presentation. Presentations written in English or Mandarin, and 30-minutes in duration. Presentations will be published in book form. Deadline for submissions has expired.

  • Canadian Society for Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS) conferenceJune 5-7, Ottawa; it will be held in collaboration with the annual convention of the Canadian Psychological Association. If you are a students affiliate of the CPA section on Brain & Cognitive Science, be sure to apply for the STUDENT AWARDS. Proposals for Symposia -- January 23 to February 25, 2015. 

  • 9th Annual International TRI Tinnitus Symposium: Tinnitus, From Cochlea to Brain and BackJune 7-10, 2015, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

  • The Art and Science of Improvisation, an international research Summer School,  8th-12th June 2015, Stord/Haugesund University College, Stord, Norway.  Abstract submission: liv.qvale@uni.no

  • The Workshop on Infant Language Development (WILD) 2015 June 10-12, Stockholm, Sweden. A forum for vibrant discussions between researchers working on different aspects of infant language development. 

  • 32nd International Conference on Psychology and the ArtsJune 24-28, 2015, University of Malta, Valletta, Malta. 

  • The Changing Face of Music and Art Education - Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children (CFMAE-MERYC) 2015, International Conference - Playful Sounds – Personhood, May 5-9, 2015, Tallinn University Institute of Fine Arts Department of Music, Tallinn, Estonia. Call for papers deadline has expired. The aim of the joint international conference CFMAE-MERYC2015 is to bring together educators and researchers as well as practitioners in order to promote and generate new ideas about education and its impact in music and the arts. The focus of MERYC is interdisciplinary discussion and dissemination of new, unpublished research relating to the field of music and early childhood (0-8 years) in education (school and extracurricular contexts) and everyday life, both in theoretical research and innovative approaches to practice. The hosting CFMAE conference supports the focus of MERYC within a larger context of music and art education as well as related interdisciplinary fields.

  • 5th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit - November 6-9, 2014, New York City, USA. The Summit is MULTIMODAL, featuring all of the creative arts therapies; INTERMODAL, emphasizing collaborative workshops by 2 or more specialists;     MULTIDISCIPLINARY, including professionals and content from other fields.

  • 9th Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology Technology is the theme of CIM14, which will be held on 04 - 06 December 2014 at Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung (National Institute for Music Research), in Berlin, Germany.  Technology is omnipresent in our lives and it plays an important role in contemporary social development, particularly in the so-called Westernised world. The role of technology in our daily life is even more so remarkable with the increasing ubiquity of technology, especially computing technology, in various activities of our contemporary society, music being a notable example. Yet, there is no single universally accepted definition of "technology". CIM14 will be aimed at all discourses on the interplay between technology and music, including collaborations between sciences and humanities, interactions between academic research and musical practice, and interdisciplinary combinations that are innovative, unusual, and creative. 

  • 23rd European Association for Music in Schools (EAS) Conference, March 25-28, 2015, Rostock, Germany, 

  • Journal of Youth Studies conference , Copenhagen, Denmark, March 30th – April 1st 2015. The conference theme is ‘Contemporary Youth, Contemporary Risks’, and the conference welcomes all with an interest in studying youth, regardless of discipline.

  • 2nd International Conference on Music and Consciousness, 14th-17th April 2015, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, UK. The conference is a forum for the exchange of perspectives from a broad range of disciplines, including neuroscience, psychology, phenomenology, philosophy, sociology, musicology, performance studies, ethnomusicology, music therapy, and cultural history.  With invited contributions from: Professor Judith Becker (University of Michigan);  Professor Susan Blackmore (Freelance writer, lecturer and broadcaster, and Visiting Professor, University of Plymouth);  Professor Colin Blakemore (Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study University of London).

  • LENA International Conference 2015 -  From Research to Intervention, April 19th – April 21st, 2015, Ritz-Carlton Denver, Colorado.

  • The 11th International Symposium on Cognition and Musical Arts (SIMCAM), promoted by the Brazilian Association of Cognition and Musical Arts (ABCM) in partnership with the Federal University of Goiás (UFG), will be held in the historic city of Pirenópolis (near Goiânia), between 26 and 29 May.  Call for Papers: Deadline has passed. The symposium will schedule conferences, roundtables, oral communications and poster sessions for research results and ongoing research. There will also be meetings of different working groups and artistic presentations.  Chair: Prof. Dr.  Sônia Ray - Federal University of Goiás.    soniaraybrasil@gmail.com

  • The Changing Face of Music and Art Education - Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children (CFMAE-MERYC) 2015, International Conference at Tallinn University: Playful Sounds – Personhood, May 5-9, 2015, Tallinn University Institute of Fine Arts Department of Music, Tallinn, Estonia.  The aim of the joint international conference CFMAE-MERYC2015 is to bring together educators and researchers as well as practitioners in order to promote and generate new ideas about education and its impact in music and the arts. The focus of MERYC is interdisciplinary discussion and dissemination of new, unpublished research relating to the field of music and early childhood (0-8 years) in education (school and extracurricular contexts) and everyday life, both in theoretical research and innovative approaches to practice. The hosting CFMAE conference supports the focus of MERYC within a larger context of music and art education as well as related interdisciplinary fields.

  • International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE 2015), July 8-10, 2015, University of Geneva, Switzerland. Organized by the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, pre- and post-conference events are also possible on July 7th and 11th, respectively.  The scientific program comprises plenary keynote lectures, symposia, individual talks and posters.

  • 2nd International Digital Libraries for Musicology workshop (DLfM 2015), 25th July 2015 (full day), Knoxville, TN, USA. Co-hosted with the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2015.  This  workshop presents a venue specifically for those working on, and with, Digital Library systems and content in the domain of music and musicology.  

  • AIRS 6th Annual Meeting (2015) will  take place in Nashville, Tennessee  (Music City, USA ☺) July 30-31, prior to the biennial meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC) co-convened by Reyna Gordon and Elisabeth Dykens).  

  • Conference on Auditory Development (spanning cellular/molecular to behavioral levels), Aug. 14 and 15, University of Washington, Seattle.  Contact Dan Sanes, dhs1@nyu.edu, for more information

  • Ninth Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM),  17-22 August 2015, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK. 

  • International Symposium on Performance Science (ISPS), 2-5 September 2015 will be hosted by Ryukoku University, Kyoto. This conference is intended to provide a platform for new research and discussion on processes of learning, training and review that enable effective performance. Specific research topics, fields of study, and methodological approaches have been left open intentionally to encourage interdisciplinary exchange. Submissions should be made electronically to cps@rcm.ac.uk

  • ISMIR 2015 - 16th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, 26-30 October 2015, Malaga, Spain. MIR is a truly interdisciplinary area, involving researchers, developers, educators, librarians, students and professionals from the disciplines of musicology, cognitive science, library and information science, computer science, electrical engineering and many others. Therefore, like previous ISMIR editions, ISMIR 2015 will provide a venue for the exchange of ideas, issues, results and perspectives among the different profiles of people working with music and computing in a broad sense. ISMIR 2015 will cover the entire area of MIR, providing ample room for diversity and new developments.

  • Frontiers of Research on Speech and Music (FRSM), 23-24 November, 2015, Centre for Education Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal, India. The special theme chosen for the symposium is “Speech and Music Technology in Education”.

  • International Symposium in Learning and Teaching Music in the Twenty-First Century: The Contribution of Science and Technology (LTM21/AEM21),November 5 – 7, 2015, Schulich School of Music, McGill University, and Department of Music, Université du Québec à Montréal, Québec, Canada.  The aim of this bilingual (English-French) conference is to bring together researchers from instrumental and music pedagogy as well as those from performance,  science performance and music practices to discuss the contribution of scientific research and technological advancements in music learning and teaching contexts in the twenty-first century.  Submission deadline has passed.

  • Virtuosity – An interdisciplinary symposium,  3–6 March 2016, The Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary.  Submissions for a symposium on virtuosity in music performance that address questions such as the following: What is virtuosity? How virtuosity is perceived in different ways by musicians and their audiences in different cultures?

  • International Symposium on Music Performance: Art and Neuroscience in Dialogue (ISMP) 2016, 29 April – 1 May 2016,  Institute of Musicology of the University of Tübingen, Germany.  This interdisciplinary symposium is centred around the overarching theme of music performance, with an aim to foster interaction and cooperation between disciplines and between young scientists, musicians and the general public. A particular emphasis will be placed on the interaction between audience and speakers. Registration is now open. Deadline for submission of abstracts has passed. Registration Information here.  

  • Canadian Society for Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS) conference, June 24-7, 2016, Ottawa. The themes covered by CSBBCS includes, but are not limited to, Cognition, Memory, Neuroscience, Developmental,  Perception and Language, both from a human and an animal perspective.. 

  • 33rd PsyArt International Conference July 5-9, 2016. Abstract submissions for spoken papers, poster presentations, and symposia - the deadline has expired. For more details follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/icmpc14 Or Twitter: @icmpc14  For questions & comments, contact the organizing committee: icmpc14@icmpc.org

Past Choral Festivals

  • Digital Libraries for Musicology August 12, 2016.  AIRS is presenting a posterApplication of Islandora for Interdisciplinary Musicological Research: The AIRS DL for Research in Singing. 

  • ICA 2016, the 22nd International Congress on Acoustics will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on September 5-9, 2016. The Congress venue will be the Catholic University of Argentina in Buenos Aires (UCA). Deadline for abstracts has expired.

  • 33rd INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL OF KARDITSA-GREECE, July 9-18, 2015, Karditsa, Greece. The philosophy of the Festival aims not only at the artistic approach but also at a musical-pedagogical, social and even more at a political approach of the different countries of the participating choirs. The steady ambition of the Festival is to promote the choral music and let old monophonic and polyphonic music be discovered by conductors, singers and audience. For more information about Regulation and Registration for those who are interested can be addressed to the Secretariat of the Festival: Kolokotroni and Hydra 38, PC 43100 Karditsa, Tel : 24410 - 75440, 24410 – 42896, Fax: 24410 – 21970, Email:nke@otenet.gr 

  • Podium 2016, May 19-22, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Presented by the Alberta Choral Federation in cooperation with Choral Canada, includes 4 days of choral performances and professional development sessions. Also, Podium Marketplace hosts choral vendors from across North America who will display and explain their products and services.  The Marketplace provides the opportunity for delegates to meet industry partners and to purchase materials for their classrooms, studios, and personal libraries.



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