Together in Music Conference


Together in Music: Expression, Performance and Communication in Ensembles

12th -14th April 2018, National Centre for Early Music, York


In association with:

Keynote speaker (via livestream): Professor Peter Keller, MARCs Institute, University of Western Sydney, Australia

Music ensembles can be experienced, investigated and understood from multiple perspectives. Whilst communication and reception by performers and audience members lie at the heart of this, many other elements play a part, including perception, socio-cultural factors, coordination, digital technologies and environment.This conference aims to bring together music performers, academics, and teachers and offer an interdisciplinary perspective on ensemble performance including theory and practice. Disciplines may include among others music education, music performance, psychology, sociology, ethnomusicology, acoustics, aesthetics, computer science, audio engineering, and music technology.

The conference may include spoken presentations, poster sessions, workshops and performance demonstrations. We welcome submissions relevant to the field, including but not limited to the following research areas:


·      Ensemble communication

·      Ensemble rehearsal and education

·      Social dynamics

·      Timing, gestures and coordination

·      Audience and performer perceptions

·      Acoustics, space and ensemble performance

·      Performance style and expression

·      Amateur music making

·      Technologies for ensemble performance and its investigation

·      Musical interaction in various styles and cultures

·      Applications of musical interaction for wellbeing and development

Call for Contributions  

Maximum 500 word abstracts are invited for contributions to this conference using the following structure:

Contribution Type - spoken presentations, poster sessions, workshops or performance demonstrations


Main contribution


Practical requirements

Contributions may be proposed by established ensembles or individuals. The aim is to provide an opportunity for contributors to showcase new technologies or discuss practical implementations and practice in more depth than in standard paper presentations where appropriate.

Abstracts should be submitted by 23rd October 2017 (updated from 1st October) via the conference EasyChair website here.


23rd October 2017 Submission of abstracts

December  2017 Feedback on Submissions

February 2018 Final refined abstract submissions

Early Bird registration deadline (compulsory for those presenting)

16th March 2018 Final Registration deadline

Registration: At least one author should register for the symposium or your contributions will not be included in the symposium proceedings.


Organising Committee: Helena Daffern (chair), Nicola Pennill, Sara D’Amario, Ryan Kirkbride

Programme Committee: Renee TImmers, Luke Windsor, Freya Bailes, Catherine Laws, Guy Brown

Conference in association with SEMPRE - presenting delegates who are full-time students, part-time students and unwaged may apply for a conference award to assist with the cost of attending the event.

Supported by: