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The 58th Annual Organ Conference

Call for proposals

Trailblazers: Women's Impact on Organ, Harpsichord, Carillon and Sacred Music

September 30-October 2, 2018

Deadline for proposals: February 1, 2018

Women have established distinguished careers as performers, composers, educators, and builders of the organ, harpsichord, and carillon. They have faced unique challenges in their professions and forged new paths, from the harpsichord works of Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre to the prolific recording career of Jeanne Demessieux to women keyboard builders today. The importance and scope of women's contributions, systematically overlooked, has yet to be adequately reevaluated or put in dialogue with current gender issues in the profession.

The University of Michigan invites proposals for Conference events exploring women’s impact on the disciplines of organ, harpsichord, carillon and sacred music, including both historical studies and the presentation of new works.  Proposals for presentations in diverse formats are encouraged, including performances, lectures and lecture-recitals.  The Conference theme is inclusive of all individuals who identify as female or non-binary.  Proposals are invited from persons of all gender identities.

Proposed events should be from 50 to 55 minutes in length.  A stipend of $700 is available for each presentation selected, which may be shared by collaborating presenters.  Presenters will receive complimentary conference registration and will be responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses and arrangements.  Available performance instruments include the E.M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner organ in Hill Auditorium, the Fisk organ in the style of Gottfried Silbermann in Blanche Anderson Moore Hall, the carillons in Burton Tower and Lurie Tower, and a variety of harpsichords

To submit a proposal, please email the following by February 1, 2018 to James Kibbie at

  • Presenter(s) name(s)
  • Title of presentation
  • Category (performance, lecture, lecture-recital, etc.)
  • 1-paragraph description
  • Optional: supporting materials (recordings, publications, videos, etc.)
  • Brief biography of presenter(s)
  • Equipment or instrument needed, if any

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