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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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The Society for Eighteenth-Century Music General Meeting at AMS on November 4 at 6:00 pm will include a “dissertations in progress” session for students working on dissertations on eighteenth-century topics who would like to receive feedback from members of the society. Students wishing to participate in this portion of the conference should submit the following items:
• 250-word dissertation abstract that clarifies the thesis, nature of source material, format, methodology and scope of the project.
• concise statement of one particular aspect/problem/challenge the author is currently confronting as a focus for feedback.
• table of contents
Interested students should email their proposals to Bethany Cencer by October 1, 2016, and copy their dissertation advisor on the email.


A conference of the Haydn Society of North America (HSNA) will take place Wednesday, November 2 and Thursday morning, November 3, at the Vancouver Sheraton Wall Center Hotel, prior to the meeting of the American Musicological Society / Society for Music Theory. Call for papers and more information here.


Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Minneapolis, MN, March 30-April 2, 2017
SECM Session: Rethinking Difference in Eighteenth-Century Music
More information here.


Early Music Conference “Musicking: Improvisation, Ornamentation, and Variation”
CFP Deadline: November 1, 2016
Conference Dates: 23–27 May 2017
University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, Eugene, Oregon
More information here.


Two scholarships for doctoral research into the chamber music of Beethoven's Vienna are currently available at the University of Auckland (faculty contact: Dr. Nancy November). Further information and application material can be had here.


Conference: The Universe of Gennaro Magri: Dance, Music, and Opera in Naples during the Enlightenment, 6–8 October 2016, Teatro San Carlo, Naples, Italy. Further information here.



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 Charleston, SC
   •   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: http://ccm.uc.edu/music/cmt/events/mtms.html



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 haydnjournal.org and click on HSNA Newsletter to read the current content. To submit items to the newsletter's editor Peter Alexander, send them to HSNA.Newsletter@rit.edu.



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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