Call for Papers – HPI Third Annual International Conference 2018

Call for Papers | HPI Third Annual International Conference
Historical Performance: Theory, Practice, and Interdisciplinarity

January 15, 2018

The Historical Performance Institute of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music warmly invites the submission of abstracts for its Third-Annual International Conference—Historical Performance: Theory, Practice, and Interdisciplinarity, to be convened May 18-20, 2018 on the IU Bloomington campus.

The three-day event will bring together scholar-performers (and performer-scholars) to present new research findings and provisional hypotheses, engage in conversation, and consider emergent areas of historical performance research. Scholars and practitioners working within arts or humanities disciplines adjacent to the field of music are particularly encouraged to contribute.

As a discipline, Historical Performance (HP) draws equally from academic research and applied performance; areas that are complementary and critical to its aims — aims that cannot be achieved with reference to one or the other perspective alone. HP thus serves to mediate the links and gaps between theory and practice, drawing from a long continuum of disciplines including, but not limited to: historical studies in music theory, early instrumental and vocal pedagogy; literary, linguistic, religious, political and cultural history; rhetoric, visual art, dance, drama, aesthetics, iconography, organography, paleography and philosophy, among others.


Robert D. Levin

Keynote Address: Robert D. Levin
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Sonatas with Varied Reprises and their consequence in the performance of classic-period keyboard music.”

Robert Levin is a world-renowned fortepianist, scholar, composer and interpreter of keyboard music of the classical period. Former faculty positions include the Curtis Institute of Music, Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, and Harvard University.



Plenary speakers
Medieval music improvisation: Angela Mariani (Texas Tech University)
Fifteenth century improvisation: Adam Knight Gilbert (University of Southern California)
Sixteenth century improvisation: Peter Schubert (McGill University)
Seventeenth century keyboard improvisation: William Porter (Eastman School of Music)
Historical Performance and the modern world: Nick Wilson (King’s College London)

Organized and convened by IU Jacobs School Professor and HPI Director, Dana Marsh

Please send abstracts (maximum 250 words) by email with the subject line—HPI Conference Abstract 2018—to Michael Casto ( no later than February 15, 2018. The receipt of all submissions will be acknowledged, with final notifications to be sent by February 25. An assessment panel will screen entries anonymously. Accepted submissions may be considered for publication (with the author’s consent) in the annual, peer-reviewed journal, Historical Performance, IU Press. Abstracts may focus on any subject germane to historical performance practice, from the Middle Ages to the early-twentieth century, to include:

  • Interdisciplinary research methodologies
  • Improvisation and memory
  • Early recorded sound
  • Early music theory: interpretation and performance
  • Unnotated elements of style and performance
  • Organology
  • Ethnography and critical theory in historical performance research
  • HP: modern relevance, entrepreneurship and cultural production

Especially welcome will be abstracts that are cogent and concise, intelligible to non-specialists, and:

  • put forward an evidence-based argument with particular relevance to performance practice procedures;
  • take fully into account previous research linked with the topic at hand;
  • articulate the broader implications and significance of the argument for historical performance research and practice more generally.

Papers run at 30 minutes maximum, with 10-15 minutes for questions and discussion. The email containing your submission should provide your name, email address, postal address, and institutional affiliation (enter, independent scholar, if not affiliated).

Past Programs and Registration
Since its inaugural gathering in 2016, this conference has drawn attendants from a dozen countries. More than 40 papers are presented during the proceedings. Please follow the links below to view past programs:

For those who wish to attend as auditors, please contact HPI administrator, Michael Casto, by email ( for further details pertinent to registration and accommodation in Bloomington.

Registration Fee: $100, 3 days | $80, 2 days | $50, 1 day

Bloomington Early Music Festival (May 18-27)
This year’s conference will operate in conjunction with the Bloomington Early Music Festival, an event sponsored by Bloomington Early Music, Inc., the IU Historical Performance Institute, the Jacobs School of Music and its Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development, NPR affiliate WFIU-FM; with special guest collaborator, Early Music America, its Young Performers Festival and Emerging Artists Showcase.

Further information about the Bloomington Early Music Festival: |

Historical Performance: Theory, Practice, and Interdisciplinarity, is supported by the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and its Historical Performance Institute. The conference also acknowledges the IU New Frontiers in the Arts program and the IU Institute for Advanced Study.

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