Sixth International Conference on Music and Minimalism

June  21–25, 2017

Keynote Speakers: Mary Jane Leach & Amy Cimini

Guest Artists: Ellen Fullman, Randy GibsonRussell Hartenberger, R. Andrew Lee,  Marc Mellits

Deadline for Proposals: January 15, 2017 (11:59PM PST)

You are kindly invited to submit proposals for the Sixth International Conference on Music and Minimalism, hosted by the University of Tennessee and the nief-norf Summer Festival in Knoxville, TN.

Performances and discussions will feature the music of Maryanne Amacher, Julius Eastman, Ellen Fullman, Randy Gibson, Michael Gordon, Mary Jane Leach, Marc Mellits, Steve Reich, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, arrangements of Moondog’s music, and much more.

All scholars and practitioners are invited to submit proposals on music and minimalism.

Ellen Fullman, photo by Robert Szkolnicki
Ellen Fullman, photo by Robert Szkolnicki

Minimalist, post-minimalist, and quasi-minimalist composers to consider:
Maryanne Amacher, Laurie Anderson, Louis Andriessen, John Adams, Harold Budd, David Borden, Glenn Branca, Gavin Bryars, Tony Conrad, Rhys Chatham, Rick Cox, William Duckworth, Julius Eastman, Brian Eno, Paul Epstein, Jim Fox, Ellen Fullman, Kyle Gann, Peter Garland, Karel Goeyvaerts, Michael Gordon, Jon Gibson, Philip Glass, Louis Hardin (Moondog), Christopher Hobbs, Eva-Maria Houben, Terry Jennings, Tom Johnson, David Lang, Mary Jane Leach, Daniel Lentz, Annea Lockwood, Alvin Lucier, John Luther Adams, Jo Kondo, Ingram Marshall, Steve Martland, Meredith Monk, Nico Muhly, Max Neuhaus, Phil Niblock, Michael Nyman, Pauline Oliveros, Hans Otte, Charlemagne Palestine, Michael Pisaro, Larry Polansky, Eliane Radigue, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, David Rosenboom, Howard Skempton, Ann Southam, James Tenney, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Kevin Volans, La Monte Young, and many others.

R. Andrew Lee performing Randy Gibson's The Four Pillars Appearing from The Equal D under Resonating Apparitions of the Eternal Process in The Midwinter Starfield at the ATLAS performance space with projections by Oscar H Scott | Photo by Randy Gibson
R. Andrew Lee performing Randy Gibson’s The Four Pillars Appearing from The Equal D under Resonating Apparitions of the Eternal Process in The Midwinter Starfield at the ATLAS performance space with projections by Oscar H Scott | Photo by Randy Gibson

Topics to consider:
Minimalism and the stage: theater, opera, dance, intermedia, multimedia, etc.; minimalism as a cultural practice; minimalism and altered states, drugs, and experiments with consciousness; minimalism and spirituality; minimalism and performance practice; minimalism and ecology; minimalism and technology; minimalism and the body; minimalism in popular music (ambient music, drones, new age music, etc.)

Potential methods and approaches to consider:
Historical, cultural, analytical, philosophical, phenomenological, ecomusicological approaches; sound studies, disability studies, reception studies, queer studies, etc.


(1) individual papers (20 minutes)

(2) themed sessions (3-4 papers, each 20-minutes)

(3) lecture recitals (30 minutes): for composers or performers to present or perform minimalism-related work

Please note: Accepted papers will be considered for publication in a planned volume of conference proceedings.

Please send abstracts (300 words) as PDF attachments to by January 15, 2017. In your submission, please include your name, institutional affiliation, and any audiovisual requirements. For themed sessions, please submit all abstracts together with an additional abstract describing your session theme (100 words). For lecture recitals, please include links to any supplementary audio or video materials.

Please email any questions or concerns to

Sixth International Conference on Music and Minimalism is hosted by the larger 14-day nief-norf Summer Festival, a gathering of dozens of performers and composers in Knoxville, TN (June 7 – 26, 2017). More information about the festival:

Watch Ellen Fullman’s recent performance at Sonic Protest Festival 2016, Saint-Merry Church (Paris):

Watch highlights from the 2014 Research Summit: rehearsals of Steve Reich’s Drumming with Russell Hartenberger.


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.