IFLMI Deadline

The deadline for paper submissions to the fourth International Forum for Leadership of Music Institutions (IFLMI) is February 7, 2018.

Here is a link to download this announcement as a PDF file:

A link will be provided HERE when a dedicated website for IFLMI is launched in 2018.

Below is an updated announcement of the Call for Papers. 

Call for Papers

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. Ground transportation from Hangzhou Xiaoshan airport, hotel accommodation, and meals for the full three days will be provided for speakers whose papers are accepted at the conference.

Gary McPherson (University of Melbourne), Jiaxing Xie (China Conservatory), Margaret Barrett (University of Queensland), Steven Morrison (University of Washington), Eva Saether (Lund University), David Hebert (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences), Yuening Liu (Central Conservatory, Beijing), Randall Allsup (Columbia University), Alex Ruthmann (NYU), Patrick Schmidt (Western University, Canada), Boh-wah Leung (Hong Kong University of Education), Clint Randles (University of South Florida), and Janice Waldron (University of Windsor). 

·         Paper Presentation: 20 minutes (including translation), with 5 minutes Q&A.
·         Panel Discussion: Organized group for 35 minutes, with 20 minutes Q&A.

Email indicating presentation format and title, 200-word abstract (summary), and 200-word biography of each participating speaker.

Proposal Submission Deadline:   February 7, 2018
Speakers Notified:                          March 7, 2018
Registration Opens:                        March 20, 2018
*Remember, we hope to see you in China on May 19-21, 2018, at the International Forum for Leadership of Music Institutions, hosted by Zhejiang Normal University in Jinhua.  
Contact email for proposal submissions and further information: IFLMI2018Beijing@yahoo.com

Here is a link to download this announcement as a PDF file:

A link will be provided HERE when a dedicated website for IFLMI is launched in 2018.

Link for information on previous IFLMI events:


National Music Education Conference in Poland

For the past few days I have been in Warsaw, where I gave the opening keynote speech for Poland's national music education organization. Warsaw is a fascinating place, and this is a great event with many interesting practical and theoretical discussions regarding research findings and possible new directions for music education in Poland and elsewhere.

The conference features debate regarding planning of the “Playing Music in Schools” pilot project with 83 schools in Poland. This national project features programs with popular music, symphony orchestras, regional folk and traditional music, etc. Representatives from several universities and schools, the Polish Music Council, and national ministries of education and culture are participating in this event. In addition to participants from throughout Poland, the international Invited Speakers are from Norway, Iceland, the UK and Sweden. 

The conference is continuing for a few more days. Here is a link to the program:  


Christmas Concert 2017 with Tabula Rasa

Recently I have been singing with a new professional vocal ensemble in Bergen, Norway, that is led by composer Tord Kalvenes. We have a Christmas concert in Bergen on December 15 that includes music by Benjamin Britten and Francis Poulenc, as well as premieres of some new compositions. There are excellent singers in this group, and it is exciting to have the opportunity to sing with them.