Midwest Graduate Music Consortium

20th Annual Meeting, 4-5 March 2016

The University of Chicago

MGMC is a joint venture organized by graduate students from the University of Chicago, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Northwestern University that encourages the presentation of original research and the composition of new music by graduate and advanced undergraduate students. Conferences are held annually on a rotating basis, at Madison, Chicago, or Evanston.

The 20th annual meeting of the Midwest Graduate Music Consortium (MGMC) will be held at the University of Chicago on 4-5 March 2016, and will include paper sessions, a new music concert (a call for scores will follow shortly), and a keynote address delivered by Nadine Hubbs, Professor of Women’s Studies and Music at the University of Michigan. While no travel funds are available, some meals are provided and limited housing may be available for presenters.

We welcome proposals by graduate and advanced undergraduate students pertaining to musicology, ethnomusicology, music analysis, cognition, theory, pedagogy, performance, composition, education, and all other music-related subjects. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words and must be received by 1 January 2016 at 5pm CST. The abstract should include the title of the presentation but exclude the applicant’s name or any other identifying features. In the cover email, please include your name, affiliation, email address, and phone number, as well as any A/V equipment needed for the proposed presentation. Each applicant may submit up to two abstracts, with no more than one to be accepted for presentation.

Please submit abstracts electronically, as either a PDF or Word document, to the program committee at

Proposals will be evaluated anonymously, and we anticipate notifying successful applicants by 15 January 2016. Proposals will be read for clarity, originality, and appropriateness for oral presentation. Although there is no single correct format, the program committee will look favorably on proposals that include a clear statement of the paper’s original contribution to scholarship in relation to prior research. If necessary, a single supplemental page of musical examples, figures, tables, etc., may be included. All presentations will be 20 minutes, followed by 10 additional minutes for discussion. For further information about MGMC please visit or email