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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