Midwest Graduate Music Consortium 2012

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Midwest Graduate Music Consortium
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Sixteenth Annual Meeting, 2-3 March 2012, Northwestern University.

The Midwest Graduate Music Consortium (MGMC) is a joint venture organized by graduate students from Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, that allows graduate students and advanced undergraduates in various fields of music to come together and share ideas on a vast array of topics. Conferences are held annually on a rotating basis, at Madison, Chicago, or Evanston.

The 16th annual meeting will be held on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and will include paper sessions, a concert of new music, and a keynote address. While no travel funds are available, some meals and limited housing may be provided.


The program committee invites all graduate and advanced undergraduate students to submit proposals for papers related to ethnomusicology, historical musicology, music theory and analysis, music cognition, music education, performance practice or any other topic concerning the study and practice of music. We particularly welcome interdisciplinary work. Submissions from outside of the Midwest region are also welcome.

Please submit abstracts, not to exceed 250 words, electronically either as Word (.doc) or PDF attachments to . They should include the title of the paper but exclude the author's name and/or any other identifying information. Abstracts should be double-spaced, using a 12-point font. Each applicant may submit up to two abstracts but only one will be accepted for presentation.

A cover email which includes the applicant's name, institutional affiliation, email address, phone number and required equipment (e.g. piano, CD-players, LCD-screen, etc.) for the proposed presentation should accompany each abstract.

All presentations will be 20 minutes, followed by 10 additional minutes for discussion. Proposals will be read for clarity, originality, and appropriateness for oral presentation. Although there is no single correct format, the program committee will look favorably on proposals that include a clear statement of the paper's original contribution to scholarship in relation to prior research. If necessary, a single supplemental page of musical examples, figures, tables, etc., can be included.

Abstracts must be received by 5pm CST November 15th, 2011.

Questions? Please contact mgmc2012@gmail.com.
MGMC 2012 is jointly sponsored by the Bienen School of Music and The Graduate School of Northwestern University


The program committee invites composers currently engaged in graduate or advanced undergraduate study to submit compositions for consideration in the programming of a new music concert that will take place on Friday, March 2, 2012.

Please submit scores electronically as PDF attachments to . Scores should include the title but exclude the applicant's name or any other identifying information. Works submitted may be for solo instrument, or for ensembles of up to 15 players. Please explain any unconventional notation or instrumental techniques in the score's performance notes. Recordings of acoustic works should be included, if possible. Electronic works requiring minimal to moderate set-up, for which recordings must be submitted, will also be considered. Each composer may submit up to two works but only one will be accepted for the concert. Each score should not exceed 12 minutes in duration.

A cover email stating the applicant's name, affiliation, email address and phone number should accompany all score submissions. Compositions will be judged for clarity of presentation, artistic merit, and performance practicality. Composers who wish to provide their own players for the March 2 performance, particularly for works that call for specialized instrumentation, should indicate this in their cover letters. However, there are no funds available to compensate performers for their participation in this MGMC concert.

All proposals must be received by 5pm CST November 15th, 2011.

Questions? Please contact mgmc2012@gmail.com.
MGMC 2012 is jointly sponsored by the Bienen School of Music and The Graduate School of Northwestern University

Elliot Cless, composition

Nasim Niknafs, music education

Cora Palfy, music theory

Jeffrey van den Scott, musicology