MEI Board elections 2017: Call for candidates

MEI Board elections 2017: Call for candidates

tl;dr: for nominations to the MEI Board go to

Dear MEI Community,

on 31 December 2017 the terms of three MEI Board members will come to an end. The entire Board wishes to thank Giuliano Di Bacco (Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington), Laurent Pugin (Swiss RISM Project, Bern), and Kristina Richts (Musikwissenschaftliches Seminar Detmold/Paderborn) for their dedication to the MEI community.

In order to fill these soon-to-be-vacant positions, elections must be held. The election process will take place in accordance with the Music Encoding Initiative By-Laws.[1]

Nomination phase (26 October – 23 November, 2017)
– Nominations can be sent by filling in the form at between 26 October – 23 November, 2017.[2] – Any person who subscribes to MEI-L has the right to nominate candidates.
– Nominees have to be members of the MEI-L mailing list but may register until 7 December 2017.
– Individuals who have previously served on the Board are eligible for re-appointment.
– Self nominations are welcome.
– Individuals will be informed of their nomination and asked to confirm their willingness to serve on the Board.
– Acceptance of a nomination requires submission of a short CV and a personal statement of interest in MEI (a maximum of 200 words each) to elections@music-encoding.orgby 6 December 2017.

Election phase (7 December – 21 December 2017)
– The voting period will be open from December 7 – December 21, 2017.
– The election will take place using OpaVote and the Ranked Choice Voting method (
– You will be informed about the election and your individual voting tokens in a separate e-mail.

Post election phase
– Election results will be announced after the elections have closed.
– The term of the elected candidates starts on 1 January 2018.
– The constituting meeting of the new MEI Board will be held on Monday, 15 January 2018.

The selection of Board members is an opportunity for each of you to have a voice in determining the future of MEI. Keep MEI open!

Peter Stadler and Benjamin W. Bohl
MEI election administrators 2017
by appointment of the MEI-Board

[1] The By-laws of the Music Encoding Initiative are available online at:
[2] All dates are supposed to be 23:59 UTC.

MEI Workshop Announcement

A free, three-day, hands-on MEI workshop will be offered Monday, October 2nd through Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 at the University of Virginia Library in Charlottesville, Virginia. Led by members of the Music Encoding Initiative Board and Technical Team, the workshop will consist of two parallel tracks – “Introduction to MEI” and “Advanced MEI”.

– “Introduction to MEI” – In this track, those new to MEI will learn how to use the Music Encoding Initiative for research, teaching, electronic publishing, and management of digital collections. Major topics include –

o basic XML;
o MEI history and design principles;
o tools for creating and editing MEI data and metadata;
o MEI-based workflows; and o Verovio (

Each day will include lectures, hands-on encoding practice, and opportunities to address participant specific issues. Attendees are encouraged to bring example material they would like to encode. No previous experience with MEI or XML is required for this track, but an understanding of music notation and other markup schemes, such as TEI and HTML, will be helpful.

– “Advanced MEI” – The intended audience for this track is software developers interested in creating software for authoring, editing, converting, querying, and rendering encoded music data. Topics to be covered include –

o the MEI specification and customizations;
o conversion between MEI and other formats;
o validation of MEI instances; and
o MEI-specific libraries, such as lib-mei and Verovio.

Proficiency in one or more programming languages as well as significant experience with music notation and XML development are required for participation in the advanced track.

Due to the generous support of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, there is no cost for attending the workshop. However, each participant must bear his/her own travel, housing, and food costs. Light refreshments will be provided.

To register, visit (for the introductory track) or (for the advanced track) before September 1, 2017. The number of participants is limited, so register early!

Please address questions to

MEC 2017 Call for Proposals Published

The call for proposals for the Music Encoding Conference 2017 is now live! Proposals for papers, posters, panel discussions, and pre-conference workshops are encouraged.

As well, we’ve updated the important dates for the conference:

4 November 2016: Deadline for abstract submissions (extended to 18 November 2016)
2 December 2016 9 December 2016: Notification of acceptance of submissions
15 May 2017: Pre-conference workshops
16-17 May 2017: Conference
18 May 2017: ‘Un-conference’ Day

Watch the Conference webpage for more information.