AMS Southeast Chapter

Dear AMS-SE Members and Friends,

The Southeast Chapter of the American Musicological Society is pleased to announce its fall meeting at the University of North Carolina Wilmington on Saturday, September 23, 2017. The keynote address will be delivered by Neil Lerner, Professor of Music at Davidson College.

We hereby invite proposals for individual presentations in the following formats:

1. Papers. Papers will be limited to 20 minutes in length in order to allow 10 minutes for discussion. Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 250 words, the title of the paper above the abstract text, and the author’s name, mailing address, email address, phone number, and institutional affiliation or place of residence at the top of the page. Indicate any audio-visual equipment needed at the bottom (following the abstract text).

2. Posters. Posters will be displayed throughout the meeting and will receive a designated session during which each presenter will have the opportunity to deliver a 5-minute summary of methodology and research findings prior to attendees’ circulation and questions. We are particularly interested in poster presentations that showcase current research in digital humanities, corpus studies, empirical analysis, and all other appropriate fields. These proposals should follow the same guidelines as those for individual papers.

3. Lecture-Recitals. With its excellent acoustics and Steinway concert grand piano, UNC Wilmington’s Beckwith Recital Hall is the area’s premier venue for solo and chamber music recitals. Therefore, we particularly welcome proposals for lecture-recitals that combine musicological research with live performance. Lecture-recitals will be limited to 30 minutes in length, including both spoken and performed components. These proposals should follow the same guidelines as those for papers and posters. The abstract should include a description explaining the significance of the work(s) or manner of performance, as well as a summary of the lecture component, including information pertaining to the underlying research, its methodology, and conclusions. Proposals must be accompanied by an .mp3 recording of the performer(s) in order to demonstrate proficiency. Please be sure that the .mp3 file does not have any identifying information in the file name or metadata. While it is preferable to submit a recorded performance of the proposed piece(s), the program committee recognizes that this may not be possible; in this case, the submitted example should be comparable in style and difficulty level. Those proposing lecture-recitals are responsible for providing all personnel needed for the performance.

Finally, to build on our discussion at the Fall 2016 chapter meeting, we are convening a special panel discussion on diversity, inclusivity, and equity in music history pedagogy. To spark further thinking and discussion on this topic, we would like to draw your attention to Kira Thurman and AMS-SE member Kristen Turner’s recent essay for the AMS blog Musicology Now, “Six Easy Ways to Immediately Address Racial and Gender Diversity in Your Music History Classroom”. Please also see the Diversity in Classical Music call for resources; AMS-SE member Imani Mosley is a co-curator of this important new project.

We urge those interested in participating on the panel to contact the conveners directly:

Candace Bailey (
Kristen Meyers Turner (
Heather Buffington-Anderson (

Please submit all other proposals via email as a Word document attachment with AMS-SE Fall 2017 Proposal in the subject line by Monday, August 7, 2017. Please be sure to indicate in the body of your email whether your abstract is for a paper, poster, or lecture-recital.

Send abstracts to:
Brooks Kuykendall

We encourage student members to work with a faculty mentor to ensure a presentation of the highest quality. All student members of the AMS Southeast Chapter whose papers are accepted to the meeting should plan to apply for the Student Paper Presentation Award. To be considered for this award, student presenters must submit a complete, representative draft of their paper to the chapter president no later than one week prior to the meeting (Saturday, September 16, 2017). The prize committee understands that the paper presented at the meeting may be a revised version of the submitted draft. Please review the full guidelines.

We hope to see you in Wilmington!


Brooks Kuykendall
President, AMS-Southeast

Molly Barnes
Secretary-Treasurer, AMS-Southeast