Dear Colleagues,

This year, the SEM Orchestra is organizing a series of virtual performances for the SEM 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting (October 22-31, 2020), and would like to invite members to perform. All instruments, levels, and styles are welcome! Some pieces also welcome submissions of pre-recorded materials.

The SEM-O celebrates creative composition and performance as an integral part of ethnomusicology and the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM). A virtual conference provides a unique opportunity to engage remotely with ethnomusicologists worldwide through musical collaboration. We have provided a variety of options for contributors, both asynchronous and synchronous, ranging from collage frameworks in which participants can submit fieldwork samples and ambient sounds to more structured compositions in which to perform. More information about these options can be accessed here:

While high-fidelity recordings using specialized equipment are welcome, recordings can also be captured by more ubiquitous electronic devices with video and audio capacity, such as a cell phone, tablet, or computer.

If you are interested in contributing, please visit our website ( or contact semorchestra -at- for more details and information. You are welcome, and encouraged, to submit your recordings at any time, but the final deadline for submissions is Thursday, October 1.

The mixed virtual performances will be made available online for conference attendees. We will also be holding a panel session during the meeting where we will share excerpts of these performances, followed by a discussion on the creation process, its social impact, and future possibilities.

We look forward to your submission!

Katelyn Best, Michael Frishkopf, and Scott Currie
Co-Directors: Scott Currie (scurrie -at-, Michael Frishkopf (michaelf -at-, and Katelyn Best (katelynebest -at-

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