Registration for Finland Conference

Registration is now open for the conference and we encourage you all to register at the earliest opportunity. Late registration (after September 1st will incur a late registration fee of an additional 20€)

You can register at this website:

A few things to keep in mind before you do so.

  • be sure to have your credit card and other relevant details at hand before you begin the registration process as this might “time out” if you take too long to complete the forms.
  • you may use the following cards when registering: Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard, Maestro, Diners Club and JCB. Note that American Express is not accepted. Delegates with a Finnish bank account can pay directly using the Finnish online banking system (verkkopankit).
  • if your credit card is not accepted, or if it is not possible for you to pay in one of the above ways, we would advise you to contact the conference secretary ( to inquire about us sending you an international invoice for the registration fee.
  • note that the registration form will send you automatic confirmation of registration even before payment has been made. Do remember, though, that this will not be considered formal registration (and therefore you will not be entitled to participate in the conference) unless we have evidence on our files that a transaction has taken place. You should receive a receipt for your records once the payment process is complete.
  • be sure to complete all of the relevant sections of the form by correctly ticking the boxes that apply to you (minimalist music society member, non-member, and so on).
  • be sure also to tick the box for the conference dinner on Thursday in Turku if you will be attending.
  • note that student bursaries are still available from the Society for Minimalist Music for those of your who are not salaried staff members at a university and otherwise do not have the financial means to attend the conference.

We recently updated the conference website with details about travel and accommodation, among other things. Further updates are forthcoming.

Please read these pages carefully for advice on these matters.

Several delegates have asked about the best time to arrive and leave the conference. Our advice is to arrive in time for registration and the welcoming get together and concert on Wednesday evening, and to leave following the conclusion of the conference on Sunday at 12.30, allowing an hour for travel to the airport. Delegates attending the meeting of the Society for Minimalist Music will need to stick around until 2.30 pm.

Note that Wednesday and Thursday nights (23, 24) will be spent in Turku, and you should make your hotel reservations accordingly (taking advantage of the special rates at our list of recommended hotels if you wish). Friday and Saturday nights (25, 26) will be spent in Helsinki and you should make arrangements to stay in Helsinki on those nights. You can naturally do as you wish, but the easiest option for many of you might be to book a return flight to Helsinki and travel onwards to Turku from there with a single (one-way) ticket, either by train, bus or air. Further details can be found on the conference website. We will be organising bus transportation between the two conference sites (in Turku and Helsinki) on Friday evening and this is included in the registration fee.

Look out for updates about keynote presentations and presenters, the conference programme and the like. Keep in mind that a final version of the programme will only be available once registration is concluded early in September, although we should be able to sketch in times for sessions, keynotes, concerts, the conference dinner and other things quite soon.

Welcome, once again, to Turku and Helsinki. We’ll send additional updates in the weeks ahead. If you have any inquiries, please contact the conference secretary in the first instance (

Travel Bursaries for Finland Conference

The Society has made funds available to provide some travel bursaries to assist with the expense of attending this year’s conference in Finland. The bursaries will be within the range of £200 up to a maximum of £500. The conditions for applying are:

  • You must be a member of the Society at the time of application;
  • You must be in attendance and presenting a paper at the conference;
  • You should not be in receipt of a full-time academic salary;
  • The lack of a bursary would make it impossible for you to attend the conference.

These bursaries will be awarded on a case-by-case basis by the Society’s Committee, and preference will be given to members who have not received bursaries in the past.

Applications should be sent to Kay Potter at by 31st July.

Bidding for Sixth Conference

Our custom now is to announce at each conference the location of the following conference. That being the case, now is the time to initiate the bidding process for the Sixth MinSoc Conference in 2017.

To that end, please use the Expression of Interest Form that we used in the last round. On behalf of the MinSoc Committee, we’d like to encourage a wide range of applications. In line with our Constitution, that only institutions within the US are eligible to apply on this occasion.

The deadline for receipt of completed forms is midnight (Pacific time) on Monday 7th September.

Please return forms to our Secretary at, and they will be circulated to the committee.

Call for Proposals Extended to April 15

The call for proposals for the Fifth International Conference on Minimalist Music (September 24-27), organised by the University of Turku and the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki, has been extended. Please submit proposals using the links below by April 15.




All proposed papers, panels and workshops will be subject to peer review. Proposals for individual presentations should not exceed 20 minutes in length with an additional 10 minutes allocated for questions and discussion. Panel proposals should be for a maximum of 90 minutes, workshops a maximum of 120 minutes. Proposals will be accepted only via the online portal.

Three Tales by Steve Reich and video artist Beryl Korot

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Three Tales is a video opera by Pulitzer prize-winning composer Steve Reich and artist Beryl Korot that examines man’s deepening relationship with technology.

Incorporating live orchestra and singers, sampled audio, re-processed historical film and interviews with prescient cultural thinkers, Ensemble BPM presents the first ever staging of its kind at the London Science Museum’s IMAX Theatre.

The work will be presented in association with a conference at the Institute of Historical Research entitled Being Modern: Science and Culture in the Early Twentieth Century, led by Dr Robert Bud, Chief Curator at the Science Museum. Performances take place on 22 and 24 April 2015 – the former date marking the centenary of the first use of chemical weapons in warfare.

Composed in 1998-2002, Three Tales recalls three events from twentieth-century history, exploring technology’s growing dominance in society: the crash of the Hindenburg zeppelin in 1937, nuclear bomb testing on Bikini Atoll in 1946-1958 and the cloning of Dolly the Sheep in 1996.

Ensemble BPM is only the second group to stage Three Tales since the work’s 2002 premiere. The production will be conducted by Artistic Director Nick Sutcliffe, directed by Matthew Eberhardt and produced by Amanda Carrick.

Ensemble BPM will be joined in performance by Synergy Vocals, the world-renowned vocal collective selected by Steve Reich to premiere the work in 2002, led by former Swingle Singer Micaela Haslam.

The production is supported by the Science Museum, Arts Council England, AHRC and The Hinrichsen Foundation.