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The Historical Performance Institute of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music invites the submission of abstracts for its sixth-annual international conference—”Historical Performance: Theory, Practice, and Interdisciplinarity”—to convene May 14-16, 2021.

This three-day virtual event will again bring together scholar-performers (and performer-scholars) to present new research, engage in conversation, and consider emergent areas in historical performance research. Scholars working within disciplines adjacent to the field of music are particularly encouraged to participate. Running concurrently will be the Bloomington Early Music Festival (May 9-16), with evening festival performances offered free of charge to all conference participants.

Focus: Community Engagement and Access
The fifth-annual conference presented a summit involving leaders of thirteen historical performance programs in higher education, variously from the US, Canada, the UK, and Europe. Relevant key challenges to the field’s future were discussed in detail in keynote addresses and panel sessions. The forthcoming conference will continue and broaden the scope of these discussions, to include leaders of community-based, early-music educational programs and festivals, addressing themes of community engagement and access. Interested program leaders are invited to contact conference administrator, Adam Dillon (hpi -at-, with proposals for participation and discussion (deadline: March 15).

Running in parallel with the above-mentioned focus will be the more routine offerings of field research. Please send abstracts via email with the subject line—HPI Conference Abstract 2021—to Adam Dillon (hpi -at- no later than March 15, 2021. Receipt of all submissions will be acknowledged by email, with final notifications sent on March 22.

For further information about requirements for abstracts, follow this link:

An online program of the fifth-annual conference can be found by following this link:

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