International Forum for Leadership of Music Institutions 2018

Below is the announcement for a unique music leadership conference that was developed on a recent visit to Beijing. As soon as the official website and contact email for this event are available, I will post them here as well.

International Forum for Leadership of Music Institutions

IFLMI-2018 Theme: Online International Cooperation

The organizing committee welcomes proposals for presentations at the Fourth International Forum for Leadership of Music Institutions (IFLMI, formerly IMILF), to be held at Zhejiang Normal University, in Jinhua, China, on May 19-21, 2018.

The International Forum for Leadership of Music Institutions (IFLMI) is a unique biennial event that attracts Deans and Directors of music conservatories and university schools of music worldwide for discussion of the latest issues impacting higher education leadership in the field of music. IFLMI’s participants come from Europe, North America, South America, Oceania, and across Asia for keynote speeches, presentations, and panel discussions concerning new approaches in this field. Previous meetings have been held in Beijing, China, and Brisbane, Australia.

The conference theme for IFLMI-2018 is Online International Cooperation, and we especially seek participation from leaders of music institutions that are developing MOOCs or other online education projects and interested in international cooperation. We will consider proposals for both research-based and practical presentations from music institution leaders, particularly those developing innovative forms of Internet-based music collaboration. Presentations may be offered in either English or Chinese, with simultaneous translation provided. Space is limited, and only strong proposals from highly-qualified applicants will be accepted.


Gary McPherson (University of Melbourne), Jiaxing Xie (China Conservatory), Pamela Burnard (Cambridge University), Margaret Barrett (University of Queensland), Liane Hentschke (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil), David Hebert (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences), Alex Ruthmann (NYU), Boh-wah Leung (Hong Kong University of Education). Others will be announced soon!

Contact Email for Proposal Submissions and Other Details: iflmi2018beijing@yahoo.com

Keynote Speech in Azerbaijan

[UPDATE (1 September, 2017): Visit Postponed.] 
It is a great pleasure to report that I have been asked to be an Invited Speaker for the musicology conference Musical Traditions in a Globalizing World at the Azerbaijan National Conservatory in Baku, in October of this year. Also, one of my recent books was reviewed in the latest edition of Konservatoriya, a major musicology journal in Azerbaijan. The singing techniques of Azerbaijan’s rich Mugham tradition are deeply impressive, and it will be exciting to visit there for the first time and see the performances in person.

Also, here is a link to a very positive review of our book Theory and Method in Historical Ethnomusicology in the Azerbaijani musicology journal Konservatoriya:
Translation of key points:
“the first great book on historical ethnomusicology . . . published by a new generation of researchers, Jonathan McCollum and David Hebert . . . this sophisticated collection of articles is regarded as valuable research from across recent years due to its scientific novelty, thorough content, and extensive capabilities for application . . . The editors deeply analyze the valuable contributions of their predecessors and contemporaries, and attain a unified direction for their colleagues’ efforts . . . an important achievement of contemporary ethnomusicology”

Here is a link for other book reviews: