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Biennial Meetings & Symposia

Since 2001 the Mozart Society of America has organized biennial conferences that attract an international group of scholars and performers as participants and attendees. These conferences explore various themes in Mozart studies through papers, panel discussions, library- or museum-sponsored exhibitions, and performances.

Our Next Meeting

MSA Session at Mostly Mozart Festival, Lincoln Center:

Mozart the Maverick

Sunday, 29 July 2018, 3:00–4:30 p.m.

Call for Proposals

“…I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame – I mean,
until people have heard the work as a whole. I simply follow my own feelings.”

In this statement in a letter to his father, written on 8 August 1781, Mozart evinces a strong independent streak with regard to musical style, an attitude in conformity with his recent rejection of continued service, under humiliating conditions, to the Salzburg court of Prince-Archbishop Colloredo. But Mozart could only go his own way to a limited degree: of necessity (given the prevailing musical language), he relied to a large degree on formal and stylistic conventions even in the best of his works, and he enjoyed various forms of patronage throughout his Viennese decade, even while mostly remaining a free-lance composer.

For this year's panel at the Mostly Mozart Festival, the MSA Program Committee invites proposals for short papers (20 minutes) that address the theme “Mozart the Maverick” – whether as an innovative composer who broke with (or at least stretched) musical traditions, or in terms of his (largely) independent professional path. As this year’s Festival includes performances of several of the composer’s late piano concertos, and of both the “Prague” and “Jupiter” Symphonies (pieces that contemporary audiences considered particularly challenging), proposals treating these works are especially encouraged.

Topics should be proposed in abstracts of up to 300 words and sent to Bruce Alan Brown at by 14 May 2018.  One need not be an MSA member in order to submit a proposal, but all speakers chosen must be members of the Society by the time the session takes place. The panel will include three papers and there will be time at the end for questions from the audience.

Past Conferences

Sessions at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Panel Sessions at Mostly Mozart Festival

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