Faculty of Music

Annual Graduate Symposium


The Society of Graduate Students in Music at Western University is pleased to announce its 18th annual Graduate Symposium on Music, which will be held August 25-26, 2017

This year, our keynote speaker will be Dr. Julie Pedneault-Deslauriers (Music Theory) from the University of Ottawa. The symposium is also excited to feature the addition of a workshop. This year, Dr. Jonathan De Souza will be leading a workshop entitled: "Musical Instruments and Embodied Performance."

In its 18th year, the Western University Graduate Symposium on Music (WUGSOM) features graduate student papers from all across North America, ranging in topics from music theory, musicology, music education, ethnomusicology, composition, and performance. The symposium is an opportunity for graduate students to present their current research and to be exposed to the current research of their colleagues in music research, composition, and performance.

Call for Papers:

Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal in response to our Call For Papers. The submission deadline has passed (June 9th, 2017) and our Program Committee is hard at work reviewing the abstracts. If you have submitted an abstract, the Program Committee will be informing you of the results in the coming weeks. If you have applied to participate in the Workshop, we will similarly be in touch shortly to notify all applicants as to the status of their participation. Please direct any questions, comments, or concerns to wugsom2017@gmail.com

Workshop: Musical Instruments and Embodied Performance, Friday, August 25, 2017 9:00am - 12:00 pm

Though music itself is invisible and intangible, instrumental performance involves concrete objects and actions, which might be seen by audience members or felt by players. How, then, might instruments and bodies mediate musical organization and meaning? How is sound supplemented by visual or corporeal aspects of body-instrument interaction?

This workshop will explore interdisciplinary perspectives on instruments and embodiment—from ethnomusicology, historical musicology, music cognition, music theory, and the philosophy of music. Drawing on these approaches, participants will also investigate materialities of performance in classical, popular, and non-Western music examples.

Applicants for the graduate student workshop should email wugsom2017@gmail.com with a cover email (see above) and a brief statement about their research interests and background. Workshop space is limited to 15 participants, and participants will be selected by random draw from the pool of eligible applicants. 

For additional information, please see http://sogsim.com/conference-2017/

Past Events:

Our Annual Graduate Symposium, organized by our doctoral students, draws presenters from across North America and the UK.