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

MEI Board: Call for candidates

Dear MEI Community,

On December 31, 2016, the terms of three MEI board members will come to an end. The entire Board wishes to thank Axel Teich Geertinger, Eleanor Selfridge-Field, and Johannes Kepper for their dedication to the MEI community. Additional gratitude is due Johannes for his leadership as Chair of the Board.

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]


– Nominations can be sent to  between November 21 – December 19, 2016.
– Individuals who have previously served on the Board are eligible for re-appointment.
– Any person who subscribes to MEI-L has the right to nominate candidates and/or be a candidate.
– 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  by January 1, 2017.


– The voting period will be open from January 1 – January 15, 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

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!

Benjamin Bohl
MEI Elections Officer 2016
by appointment of the MEI-Board

[1] The By-laws of the Music Encoding Initiative are available online at:

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.

MEC 2016 Call for Proposals Published

The call for proposals for the Music Encoding Conference 2016 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:

31 October 2015: Deadline for abstract submissions
15 December 2015: Notification of acceptance of submissions
17 May 2016: Pre-conference workshops
18-19 May 2016: Conference
20 May 2016: Un-conference Day

Watch the Conference webpage for more information as it comes available.