UCLA Center for Musical Humanities Call for Proposals, April 2, 2018

Call for Event Proposals

The UCLA Center for Musical Humanities is accepting proposals for events that combine scholarship and musical performance, to take place on the UCLA campus during academic year of 2018-2019.

The mission of the Center is to support interdisciplinary study of music after 1800 by bringing together scholars and performers from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music with faculty and students from the humanities and other disciplines, both at UCLA and beyond. Events supported by the Center for Musical Humanities must include a collaborative component between scholarship and live musical performance. Proposals that include plans for student involvement, as scholars and performers, are especially encouraged. (See below for descriptions of past events that meet these expectations.) 

For selected proposed events, the Center will assist in coordinating the program and in covering hotel, travel, venue, and catering expenses, up to $5000 per event, which may be combined with additional funds from other sources. Further information about budgeting will be provided for approved proposals. 

Proposals should include a 2-page description of the event and a proposed budget, including known or probably sources for funding. The description should include:

  • A summary of the events, including its various components, which explains how performance and scholarship will be included and coordinated;
  • Planned paper topics and/or a call for papers, with brief biographies of specific speakers and performers who will be invited to participate;
  • Intended venues and audiences for the program;
  • Plans for involving UCLA faculty and students.

NB: If you would like help in developing your proposal, especially regarding how your event might combine performance and scholarship, and how it might involve students and faculty from across UCLA, we invite you to contact either the Director or Program Director (knapp@humnet.ucla.edu, holley@ucla.edu) anytime during Winter Quarter.

Please send your proposals by April 2, 2018 to Holley Replogle-Wong, Program Director, at cmh@schoolofmusic.ucla.edu. The Center's advisory board will meet during Spring Quarter to evaluate proposals.

For more information about the Center, please visit: https://cmh.schoolofmusic.ucla.edu/

List of Sample Events (links to upcoming and past CMH events are available on the Center's website):

1. "Voice Studies Now" (January 29-31, 2015)

This international, interdisciplinary conference, hosted by Nina Eidsheim, engaged the larger voice studies community in productive conversation by bringing together authors featured in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies (Nina Eidsheim and Katherine Meizel, editors). The conference, like the forthcoming volume, presented diverse approaches in order to: 1) address the question ‘what is voice?’; 2) affirm the development of voice studies as a transdisciplinary field of inquiry; and 3) establish a dialogue to foster a more complete understanding of voice and its meanings. Fields represented included musicology, ethnomusicology, performance, medicine, speech science, linguistics, comparative literature, psychology, broadcasting, gender and queer studies, disability studies, and media studies. The event also included two more public events in Schoenberg Hall: 1) a concert involving faculty and students from the Departments of Ethnomusicology, Music, and Musicology; Opera UCLA; the UCLA Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance; and the Music Library, as well as the Department of World Arts and Culture/Dance, and 2) a public performance/lecture (the first in America in a very long time) by Diamanda Galás.

2. "Scriabin among the Symbolists: A Centennial Symposium" (March 13-14, 2015)

This international, interdisciplinary conference, hosted by Mitchell Morris with graduate student Ryan Rowen, brought emergent graduate-student scholars from UCLA together with established scholars from the United States and UK. The event included a “concert/soiree” in the new Ostin Center that featured student and faculty performances of Scriabin’s piano and vocal music, a computer-run installation consisting of hundreds of images, and poetry readings in four languages by UCLA Humanities faculty.

3. "Disability as Spectacle" (April 12-14, 2017)

This three-day international and interdisciplinary conference, hosted by the Disability Studies Program at UCLA, included two public musical events. The first, “Work in Progress by The Miracle Project,” featured a musical performance of a work soon to be presented at the Wallis in Beverly Hills, and included a Q&A with the cast and creative team. The second, “Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening: How ASL Musicals are Stretching the Boundaries of the Musical,” was an evening hosted by D.J. Kurs, Artistic Director of Deaf West Theatre, bringing original cast members and artistic leaders of the signed and sung Tonynominated revival of Spring Awakening together for a symposium in Schoenberg Hall, where they discussed the process, challenges, and shared experience of crafting a musical to be performed simultaneously for hearing and deaf audiences. Live demonstrations of selected numbers were backed by instrumentalists and singers from UCLA’s undergraduate and graduate students.