CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State University is hosting an international conference focused on women in music June 2-4, held in a virtual and in-person format so presenters, performers and participants can join from all over the world.
“Call and (Her) Response: Music in the Time of Change” is the 2022 conference for the International Alliance for Women in Music. Held every three years, the conference highlights music compositions by women and research about women in music.
OSU students, faculty and staff can register for the conference for free, and residents of Benton County can attend several of the main lectures and concerts for free thanks to a grant from the Benton County Cultural Trust. People outside OSU or Benton County can register here; the cost is $135 for students and seniors and $195 for all other non-Alliance members.
“Anyone is welcome. We’re trying to be a part of increasing visibility for programming, particularly music, made by women and female-identified folks, and to combat discrimination against women making music,” said conference chair Dana Reason, assistant music professor at OSU and vice president of the IAWM board. “We want to know about all the voices; we want to know about all the styles of practice.”
The conference features research-based lectures and practical workshops hosted at OSU alongside livestreamed concerts taking place at satellite programs in Belgium and Australia.
In this way, holding the 2022 conference as a virtual and in-person event allows more global connection than would be possible with the costs and COVID barriers to international travel, Reason said. People living near the satellite programs can gather in person there, while tuning in remotely to the rest of the conference.
“We’ll have something for everyone, whether you just want to learn some new repertoire to add to your Spotify playlist, or if you want to have some challenging conversations,” Reason said. “We have a lot to show people about the ways women have been exercising their rights to compose music, and we have to do our due diligence as historians. We’re trying to re-situate the historical narrative.”
The conference starts at noon on Thursday, June 2, and concludes at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, June 4. Keynote speaker Nina Eidsheim, a musicology professor at UCLA, will present on “The Body as Music’s Terroir” at 2 p.m. Friday, June 3, in the LaSells Stewart Center at OSU.
About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts includes the fine and performing arts, humanities and social sciences, making it one of the largest and most diverse colleges at OSU. The college's research and instructional faculty members contribute to the education of all university students and provide national and international leadership, creativity and scholarship in their academic disciplines.