The Music Encoding Conference 2014

20-23 May, 2014

You are cordially invited to participate in the Music Encoding Conference, which will be held 21-23 May 2014 (with pre-conference workshops on 20 May) at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.A.

The quest for a coherent and universal system for the digital representation of music notation has been pursued for decades and the recent accomplishments of the Music Encoding Initiative have garnered a great deal of attention in a wide range of music scholarship and in the broader digital humanities. The encoding of symbolic music data opens new research paths to traditional music studies (from editing to analysis) and computational musicology, and constitutes a foundational tool for music bibliography and librarianship. This conference aims to gather specialists in all these areas, to discuss the current state of modeling, generation and use of music encoding, to exchange experiences, and to forge collaborations.

Proposals for papers, posters, panel discussions, and pre-conference workshops are encouraged. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • music encoding as a theoretical approach for research
  • methodologies for encoding, music editing, description and analysis
  • rendering of symbolic music data in audio and graphical forms
  • relationships between symbolic music data, encoded text, and facsimile images
  • capture, interchange, and re-purposing of music data and metadata
  • ontologies, authority files, and linked data in music encoding and description
  • additional topics relevant to music encoding, editing, and description

The deadline for all submissions has been extended to 10 January 2014, 10pm GMT. PDF or Word-compatible files are preferred. All submissions must include:

  • name(s) of author(s)
  • title
  • abstract
  • current or most recent institutional affiliation of author(s) and e-mail address
  • proposal type: paper, poster, session, or workshop

For paper and poster proposals, abstracts of no more than 1000 words, including relevant bibliographic references, are requested. Please also include a short statement regarding your current interests related to music encoding.

Panel session proposals, describing the topic and nature of the session and including short biographies of the participants, must be no longer than 2000 words.

Proposals for half- or full-day pre-conference workshops, to be held on May 20th, should include the workshop’s proposed duration, as well as its logistical and technical requirements.

All accepted papers, posters, and panel sessions will be included in the conference proceedings, tentatively scheduled to be published by the end of 2014.

In accordance with feedback from participants in last year's conference, all activities will take place within a single track. Additional details regarding registration, accommodations, etc. will be announced on this webpage.

Important dates:

  • 10 January 2014: Deadline for abstract submissions
  • 7 February 2014: Notification of acceptance of submissions
  • 20 May 2014: Pre-conference workshops
  • 21-24 May 2014: Conference
  • 31 July 2014: Deadline for submission of full papers for conference proceedings
  • December 2014: Publication of conference proceedings

If you have any questions, please e-mail

Program Committee

  • Giuliano Di Bacco, Indiana University, chair
  • Richard Freedman, Haverford College
  • Ichiro Fujinaga, McGill University, Montreal
  • Laurent Pugin, RISM Switzerland
  • Christine Siegert, Universität der Künste, Berlin

(Local) Organizers

  • Perry Roland, University of Virginia
  • Sarah Wells, University of Virginia
  • Johannes Kepper, Universität Paderborn
  • Daniel Röwenstrunk, Universität Paderborn