FIU School of Music Hosts the Twenty-Fourth Annual Conference of the Society for 17th Century Music


The FIU School of Music, in partnership with the Miami Bach Society, will host the 24th annual conference of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music (SSCM) from April 14-17, 2016.

The Society for Seventeenth-Century Music is dedicated to the study and performance of seventeenth-century music and related arts. The Society currently includes more than 250 members and over two hundred additional international subscribers to its electronic listserv. The Society also publishes the on-line, peer-reviewed scholarly Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music (JSCM); JSCM Instrumenta, an on-line reference series; and the Web Library of Seventeenth-Century Music (WLSCM), an on-line collection of performing and study scores in scholarly editions. The Society hosts an annual four-day conference each spring, featuring scholarly presentations, performances, and an award for the best student presentation, the Irene Alm Memorial Prize.

“The conference will offer stimulating intellectual and musical experiences in an unparalleled setting. Florida International University (FIU), located in west Miami with satellite campuses throughout the region, is the nation’s fourth largest university,” noted FIU’s musicologist and conference organizer David Dolata. “FIU is one of the few universities in the country to offer a two-year four-course music history sequence including one full year dedicated to pre-1800 music. Additionally we offer annual performance practice seminars in early music topics such as performance practice, performance styles, and tuning & temperaments. Our primary early music ensemble, which is open to FIU music majors and community members, is the Collegium Musicum. It is supported by one of the state’s largest collections of replicas of early instruments and library holdings including the only complete copy of RISM in the State of Florida.”

Following the opening reception, the first concert will celebrate Miami’s Spanish roots by featuring the world’s leading authority on vihuela, John Griffiths on April 14th at St. Stephens’ Episcopal Church, to be followed by John Blow’s short opera Venus & Adonis on April 15th, a collaborative semi-staged opera-theatre production between the FIU School of Music and the Department of Theatre featuring the Collegium Musicum with a special guest appearance by members of the Conchita Espinosa Academy Children’s Chorus. Both concerts are sponsored by FIU and the Miami Bach Society and are free to SSCM members and FIU students.

The conference will welcome a number of scholarly presentations given by renowned academics, both national and international, including: Wendy Heller (Princeton University), Chair; Arne Spohr (Bowling Green State University); Emily Wilbourne (Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY); Alexis VanZalen (Eastman School of Music); John Romey (Case Western Reserve University); Lynette Bowring (Rutgers University); Drew Davies (Northwestern University), Chair; Margaret Murata (University of California, Irvine), Chair; Jutta Toelle (Max Planck Institute of Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt); among others.


For event ticketing, visit Miami Bach Society.

For the conference schedule, click here.

To learn more about early music at FIU, click here.

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