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“Above all, music must move the heart...” C. P. E. Bach

The purpose of the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music is to promote the study and performance of music of the eighteenth century. The Society provides a forum where scholars and performers can further their knowledge of music, history and interrelated arts of the period and serves as a resource to facilitate and encourage collaboration.

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Seventh Biennial Conference of the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music

The Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin welcomes members of the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music to the Society’s seventh biennial conference, February 25–28, 2016.

Accommodation and Travel
Additional local information

SECM in Pittsburgh @ ASECS 2016

SECM is sponsoring the following session at the annual conference of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS).

Music, Art, Literature
Chair: Janet K. Page, University of Memphis
Kathryn Shanks Libin, Vassar College, “The ‘Music Room’ in a Bohemian Castle: Gabriele von Auersperg’s Souvenir de Senftenberg en 1814
Elizabeth Liebman, Independent Scholar, “The Bird Organ in Eighteenth-Century Art and Sound”
Lisa de Alwis, University of Colorado, Boulder, “Famous and Forgotten Works that Influenced Viennese Theatrical Censorship”

The conference will occur March 31–April 3, 2016 in Pittsburgh, and the SECM session takes place on Saturday, April 2, at 9:45am.

The Sterling E. Murray Award for Student Travel, named in honor of SECM’s founding president, was established in 2011 to encourage and enable college and university students currently enrolled as full-time undergraduate or graduate students in accredited academic programs and having career interests that relate to the mission of the Society for Eighteenth- Century Music, to attend the Society’s biennial meetings. The award consists of $500 to support travel expenses as well as a student membership in the Society for one year. Award recipients are announced in the Society’s newsletter and recognized at the meeting that they attend. Further information and an application form can be found here.

SECM Conference Proceedings

Published by Steglein Publishing, Inc.

2012: 5th Conference in Bethlehem, PA
   •   Haydn and His Contemporaries II
2010: 4th Conference in Brooklyn, NY
   •   SECM in Brooklyn 2010
2008: 3rd Conference in Claremont, CA
   •   Haydn and His Contemporaries
2006: 2nd Conference in Williamsburg, VA
   •   Genre in Eighteenth-Century Music
2004: 1st Conference in Washington, DC
   •   Music in Eighteenth-Century Life

Musical Exchanges between Italy and Spain in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

3–5 May 2016
Rome, Instituto Cervantes, Piazza Navona

Organized by Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini (Lucca) in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes de Roma, the Italian National Edition of Boccherini’s Complete Works, and the Centro Europeo di Studi Culturali, Roma. Further details here.

The University of Cincinnati’s Music Theory and Musicology Society
is hosting a student conference on 15–16 April 2016 with keynotes by Janet Schmalfeldt and Neal Zaslaw.
The submission deadline for papers and posters is December 30, 2015. The CFP can be found on this page:

The “Bononcini Project” of the Fondazione Arcadia promotes the music of Giovanni Bononcini with a web site, an online works catalog and downloadable scores. Further information can be found at their web site.

A list of dissertations currently being written or recently completed on topics pertaining to music in the eighteenth century can be found here.

With the help of the RIT Press and Peter Alexander, the Haydn Society of North America has re-started the HSNA Newsletter, but now as an updatable electronic newsletter that works together with our HAYDN online journal, and has RSS feed capabilities. Please go to and click on HSNA Newsletter to read the current content. To submit items to the newsletter's editor Peter Alexander, send them to

The complete text of Charles Burney’s The Present State of Music in France and Italy, 2nd, corrected edition, (London: T. Becket and Co., 1773), is now available here. Access is free and open to anyone.

SECM members get 20% discount on Eighteenth-Century Music and Journal of Musicology

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