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Call for papers (Note extended deadline: December 15, 2007)

Show & Tell Returns! Got something odd, unusual or just plain crazy? Bring it to Calgary and share the fun!


Call for Papers


in conjunction with the society’s 37th Annual Meeting
Cantos Music Foundation
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
May 29 - June 1, 2008

37th Annual AMIS Meeting
Cantos Music Foundation
Calgary, Canada
May 28 to 31, 2008

Cantos Music Foundation will host the 37th annual meeting of the American Musical Instrument Society this summer, from May 28 through 31, 2008.

The Program Committee for the meeting, which includes Darcy Kuronen (chair), Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford, and John Watson, welcomes proposals for papers, lecture-demonstrations, performances, and panel discussions on a broad range of topics relating to the history, design, use, care, and acoustics of musical instruments from all cultures and times periods. Presenters are especially encouraged to submit proposals that relate to Canadian instruments or manufacturers, and also to the collection at Cantos Music Foundation, made up primarily of historical keyboard and vintage electronic instruments (for more information go to Individual presentations should typically be limited to 20 minutes (followed by time for questions and discussion), but requests for longer presentations will be considered.

Please send three copies of a typed abstract (up to 250 words), accompanied by a brief biography (up to 75 words), and a list of required audio-visual equipment, by December 15, 2007 (NOTE EXTENDED DEADLINE!), to Darcy Kuronen, Department of Musical Instruments, Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, or by e-mail to
The specified language of the abstracts and presentations is English, and papers should be delivered in person at the meeting by the author. All submissions will be considered by the Program Committee, and applicants whose submissions are accepted will be notified by January 15, 2008. Their abstracts will also be placed on the Society’s website (, where information about all aspects of the conference will be made available. For further information, contact program chair Darcy Kuronen (at the address listed above) or local arrangements co-chair Isobel Weldon Hogue, Cantos Music Foundation, 134 11th Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2G 0X5 (e-mail to
This year AMIS is also reinstituting “Show and Tell,” where members can make informal presentations or demonstrations using instruments from their personal collections and/or discuss research in progress. Douglas Koeppe has agreed to organize this portion of the program, and can be contacted at 512-847-1673 or

William E. Gribbon Awards for Student Travel to the annual meeting are available, consisting of a one-year student membership in the Society and substantial financial support for travel and lodging. Applications should be addressed to Arian Sheets, National Music Museum, 414 E. Clark Street, Vermillion, SD, 57069 (e-mail to See the AMIS website for further details.

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