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Music Theology

Conferences

Upcoming Conferences

Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives
This conference explores the multifaceted interaction between local and global dimensions of Christian congregational singing by drawing from perspectives across academic disciplines, including history, anthropology, sociology, ethnomusicology, and theology.

Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, UK
1-3 August 2013

2013 Charles Wesley Society Annual Meeting
The Charles Wesley Society invites members and guests to participate in its annual meeting, where papers and presentations will seek to interpret and promote the life and work of Charles Wesley.

Note: the August 2013 meeting will be held in Durham, England. For more information, go to: http://charleswesleysociety.org/2013/01/09/2013-conference-august-7-10th/

The Renewal of Sacred Music and the Liturgy in the Catholic Church: Movements Old and New
The conference seeks to explore, through critical analysis, former and present efforts to revive the Church’s sacred liturgy and music, particularly as exemplified by Msgr. Schuler’s work. Questions central to the conference theme include: (1) Which efforts have resulted in a true restoration of the Church’s liturgy and sacred music? (2) Upon which principles has authentic liturgical and musical renewal operated in the past? (3) Which reform actions have had deleterious effects on sacred music and the liturgy? While the conference will focus on sacred music, other aspects of liturgy (theology, history, architecture, documents, etc.) will also be considered for inclusion in the proceedings.

The conference committee welcomes proposals for papers and recital programs related to the conference theme. The deadline for proposals is March 22, 2013. Notification of acceptance will be given by April 8, 2013. Proposals must be submitted via email to Jennifer Donelson, jd1120@nova.edu.

The complete call for participation is available at the conference website: www.musicasacra.com/st-agnes.

The Church of St. Agnes and Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul, Minnesota
13-15 October 2013

Society for Christian Scholarship in Music 2014 (formerly the Forum for Music and Christian Scholarship)
The conference features scholarly papers and lecture recitals on topics relating contemporary and historical music to worship, theology, liturgy, hymnody and other aspects of Christian faith.

Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL
21 - 23 February, 2014

To suggest conferences and events for posting, please go to the International Network for Music Theology (INMT) Survey.

Past Conferences

Tallahassee Church Music Conference
This conference is a biennial, ecumenical event held in Tallahassee in odd numbered years. Its goal is to promote mutual understanding in the practice and theology of music. It brings musicians, clergy, and congregants together for seminars, discussion forums, and masterclasses devoted to church music. Concerts and worship services also provide the public with a broad and representative spectrum of music and worship.

Tallahassee, Florida 31 January - 2 February, 2013

Music and Theology in the European Reformations
This conference will feature leading theologians, historians, biblical scholars and musicologists from throughout Europe and North America and will address the relationship between music and theology during the sixteenth century, with a particular emphasis on the question of reformation in all its forms (Lutheran, Calvinist, Catholic, and Radical).

KULeuven, Heverlee, Belgium 19-21 September 2012

17th Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music
The Seventeenth Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music will take place at The University of Edinburgh from Wednesday 27 June to Saturday 30 June 2012.

For the conference program, go to http://sites.ace.ed.ac.uk/c19music/programme.

University of Edinburgh, Scotland
27-30 June 2012

Music and Transcendence
An interdisciplinary conference exploring the ways in which music relates to transcendence. Papers consider the ways in which music relates to infinite and 'ultimate' meaning as well as the ways in which music enables the creation of meaning and fulfilment within an 'immanent' frame.

For more information, go to www.musicandtranscendence.ferdiastone-davis.com.

Cambridge, UK
29 November, 2011

Music and Liturgical Reform, 1611-Present: A Conference in Honor of the Death of San Juan de Ribera (1532-1611)
The Valencian Institute of Music, a public agency promoting music in Spain, presents an international conference including sessions on (1) the preservation of older music, (2) Tridentine reform, and rhetoric in sacred music composition, (3) the effects of Catholic reform on liturgical music 1600-1850, (4) the effects of liturgical music and reform in the modern period.

The University of Valencia (Spain)
29 June - 2 July 2011

Arvo Pärt: Soundtrack of an Age
a conference celebrating Arvo Pärt's 75th birthday, featuring interdisciplinary papers with a focus on musical analysis, hermeneutics, performance, media studies, theology, and spirituality

Southbank Centre, London
24-25 September 2010

Theology,Aesthetics, and Culture: Conversations with the Work of David W. Brown
a forum for careful theological, historical, biblical, philosophical, and literary engagement with five major volumes from David Brown FBA, Wardlaw Professor of Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture at the University of St Andrews

St Mary's College, University of St Andrews, Scotland
6-8 September 2010

14th Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music: BACH Theme
a large biennial conference with around 150 presentations on topics related to Baroque music, including many on Bach and theological themes

Queen's University Belfast
30 June-4 July 2010
www.qub.ac.uk/sites/BaroqueConference


'Theology and the Arts': Society for the Study of Theology 2010 Conference
exploring issues such as "What is the relationship between different art forms and other modes of theological interpretation? Is art true, or subjective, or both? What are the limitations of artistic representation? How may art be employed in teaching, whether in church or academy? What are the places of art in prayer and liturgy?"

University of Manchester
12-14 April 2010
www.theologysociety.org.uk/conference.asp

Arvo Pärt and Contemporary Spirituality Conference
an examination of Pärt's music using and developing cross-disciplinary methodologies drawing on media studies, theological studies and different analytical approaches to music

Boston University
25-27 March 2010
www.bu.edu/apcsc