Call for Submissions: Society for American Music

Soci­ety for Amer­i­can Music (

For­ti­eth Annual Con­fer­ence 59 March 2014 in Lan­caster, PA 

Call for Submissions

Dead­line 3 June 2013

The Soci­ety for Amer­i­can Music invites pro­pos­als for papers, orga­nized pan­els of 3–4 papers, con­certs, lecture-performances, papers for the sem­i­nar for­mat top­ics (to be announced by April 30, 2013), and schol­arly posters for its 40th Annual Con­fer­ence, 5–9 March 2014, in Lan­caster, Penn­syl­va­nia. Except for pro­pos­als for lecture-performances and con­certs, all sub­mis­sions must be elec­tronic.  The dead­line for these sub­mis­sions is 3 June 2013. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion please visit


We wel­come pro­pos­als involv­ing all facets of musi­cal life through­out the Amer­i­cas, and Amer­i­can music and aspects of its cul­tures any­where in the world. We espe­cially wel­come those that address the fol­low­ing themes:


1.      Sacred and sec­u­lar musi­cal prac­tices of east­ern Pennsylvania.

2.      Top­ics per­tain­ing to the larger region of the Mid-Atlantic, from Tide­wa­ter Virginia

            to New Jersey.

3.         Archival mate­ri­als of Amer­i­can music pre­served within the region.

4.      Pro­fes­sional orches­tras of the region.


Ple­nary Session


The Pro­gram Com­mit­tee antic­i­pates begin­ning the Con­fer­ence with a Ple­nary Ses­sion devoted to a selec­tion of pre­sen­ta­tions on top­ics con­cern­ing one or another of the themes listed above.  If you wish to be included in this Ses­sion, please make that known at the begin­ning of your pro­posal.  The Com­mit­tee reserves the right to assign such pro­pos­als to ses­sions other than the Plenary.


Research Poster Sessions

The poster for­mat pro­vides an oppor­tu­nity for SAM mem­bers to meet infor­mally with schol­ars and dis­cuss their research. Each scholar attends her/his respec­tive 90-minute ses­sion, dis­trib­utes abstracts, and answers ques­tions. Sup­port­ing sound and/or video exam­ples (on per­sonal com­put­ers uti­liz­ing bat­tery, not AC, power) will be coor­di­nated with other pre­sen­ters once the Pro­gram Com­mit­tee forms the poster sessions.

Inter­est Groups

Inter­est Groups with a guar­an­teed slot for 2014 are requested to con­vey a brief descrip­tion of their plans to the Pro­gram Com­mit­tee using the online sub­mis­sion sys­tem not later than August 1, 2013, to ensure proper sched­ul­ing and room assign­ments. Inter­est Groups with­out a guar­an­teed slot for 2014 may sub­mit panel pro­pos­als via the online sub­mis­sion sys­tem if they wish, but accep­tance or rejec­tion of these pro­pos­als will be at the dis­cre­tion of the Pro­gram Committee.


Con­certs and Lecture-Performances

Pro­pos­als for con­certs and lecture-performances of music from any­where in the Amer­i­cas are welcome.


Note: The dead­line for sub­mis­sion of pro­posed sem­i­nar top­ics is Mon­day, April 15, 2013.  Fol­low­ing that date, a fur­ther announce­ment regard­ing Sem­i­nars will be made via Son­neck Digest.  Send pro­posed sem­i­nar top­ics to the Pro­gram Com­mit­tee Chair, Christo­pher Wilkin­son at no later than April 15.


Gen­eral Guidelines

Accepted pre­sen­ters must be mem­bers of the Soci­ety and are required to reg­is­ter for the entire con­fer­ence (mem­ber­ship is not required in order to sub­mit a pro­posal). The com­mit­tee encour­ages pro­pos­als from those who did not present at the 2013 Lit­tle Rock meet­ing, but all pro­pos­als will be judged pri­mar­ily on merit. An indi­vid­ual may sub­mit only one pro­posal. With the excep­tion of sup­port­ing mate­ri­als for con­certs and lecture-performances (see below), all pro­pos­als must be sub­mit­ted through the online elec­tronic sub­mis­sion process only.

Pro­pos­als other than sem­i­nar papers, con­certs, or lecture-performances must spec­ify whether the pro­posal is for a 1) paper, 2) poster, or 3) either pre­sen­ta­tion for­mat, the lat­ter to be deter­mined by the Pro­gram Com­mit­tee as it orga­nizes ses­sions. Indi­vid­ual or joint papers should be no longer than twenty min­utes. Con­certs and lecture-performances should be no longer than thirty min­utes. For com­plete panel pro­pos­als, the orga­nizer must include an addi­tional state­ment explain­ing the ratio­nale for the ses­sion, in addi­tion to pro­pos­als and abstract files for each paper.

Include the fol­low­ing for all submissions:

1.      Proposer’s name, e-mail address, and insti­tu­tional affil­i­a­tion or city of residence

2.      250-word proposal

3.      100-word abstract of your pro­posal suit­able for pub­li­ca­tion in the con­fer­ence pro­gram (.doc, .docx, .txt, or .rtf for­mat). Include proposer’s name and email, and the pro­posal title in this file.

4.      Audio and visual needs: CD player, DVD player, dig­i­tal pro­jec­tor. Due to logis­tics and the high cost of rent­ing this equip­ment, we can­not accom­mo­date AV changes once a pro­posal is accepted.

5.      Spec­ify whether you are a stu­dent (and there­fore eli­gi­ble for cer­tain stu­dent grants or awards) or are a non-U.S. cit­i­zen and there­fore may be eli­gi­ble for the Cam­bridge Award.

For con­certs and lecture-performances please sub­mit the above-mentioned mate­ri­als, plus:

1) Either 6 copies of a record­ing related to the pro­posed con­cert or lecture-recital (CD or

DVD) and an addressed, stamped mailer if you would like the record­ings returned, or 

(prefer­ably) access to an elec­tronic file of the record­ing (emailed to the Program

Com­mit­tee Chair at the address given below).

2) A list of spe­cial needs (e.g., piano, music stand, space for dance demon­stra­tion, choral


All mate­ri­als must be elec­tron­i­cally date-stamped by 3 June 2013. Postal sub­mis­sions for con­certs and lecture-performance mate­ri­als only should be addressed to: Christo­pher Wilkin­son, Chair, SAM 2014 Pro­gram Com­mit­tee, 131 Hoff­man Avenue, Mor­gan­town, WV 26505–3519.  Elec­tronic sub­mis­sions must be sent to  Ques­tions about the sub­mis­sion process may be sent to the Pro­gram Com­mit­tee Chair at

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