The 23rd Annual Conference of the German-Speaking Society for Music Theory (GMTH) will be held from September 22-24, 2023 at the University of Music Freiburg, Germany (in cooperation with the University of Music Saar). 

The conference attempts to provide impulses for a professional discourse that deals openly, constructively, and critically – both theoretically as well as practically – with the relationship between music theory and Artistic Research as well as current higher education policy frameworks and developments.

In this regard, the University of Music Freiburg has launched a “Call for Papers” which invites contributions, which discuss the following thematic areas, especially concerning the relationship between music theory & Artistic Research:

  • Philosophy of science, history of music theory as well as institutional framework and developments in music theory
  • Didactics and methodology of music theory and ear training
  • Performance studies and historically informed performance practices
  • Improvisation/improvised music practices, past and present
  • Jazz and popular music
  • New music/contemporary composition and computer music Free contributions are also welcome.

The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2023.

Contributions on the topic of “Artistic Research in Jazz and Popular Music” are strongly encouraged. The conference languages are German and English. 

For detailed information about the thematic areas, format, and the conference itself, please see the following link.  

In this context, the Freiburg University of Music would also like to draw your attention to the 12th Artistic Competition of the GMTH. 

This year’s competition deals with the topic “Arrangement“, with a choice of two categories: either the examination of a historical model from the perspective of contemporary music or the continuation of a self-selected fragment in a specific style.

Scores and texts can be sent in PDF format by June 15, 2023 to: 

More information about the competition can be found on the GMTH website.