Symposium on Singing and Song


October 1 - 4, 2015
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador


THE SINGING NETWORK invites proposals for papers and presentations for its inaugural Symposium on Singing and Song, October 1-4, 2015 in the beautiful and historic city of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

The Symposium on Singing and Song will bring together scholars, performers and pedagogues, representing diverse disciplines, to share international perspectives, research and practices associated with singing and song. Proposal submissions are invited that address multi-faceted contexts of singing and song such as artistic, physiological, cultural, sociological, historical, pedagogical, compositional, psychological, medical…and beyond! Symposium programming will include keynote and delegate presentations, performances, social gatherings and opportunities for stimulating dialogue and networking. 

Photo credit: lyndon keating

Photo credit: lyndon keating

Join us! 
Against the backdrop of a beautiful autumn weekend in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, there is no better place to explore the wonders of singing and song.

The Symposium, in collaboration with Memorial University, offers a Singing Institute for graduate students to include special sessions and options for graduate study. 
Submission Formats & Guidelines
The Symposium on Singing and Song welcomes both traditional and imaginative presentation formats. Individual and collaborative submissions are welcome. Accepted submissions will be grouped thematically by the program committee. Selected papers and presentations will be published in the Symposium on Singing and Song e-proceedings. 

  • Please submit proposals using the online Proposal Submission Form.
  • Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged one week following submission. Please contact us if you have not received an acknowledgement.


Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: May 15, 2015
  • Notification of Acceptance: June 1, 2015
  • Presenter Confirmation: June 15, 2015
  • Early Bird Registration Closes: July 15, 2015

Review Criteria

Proposals will be blind-reviewed by an international selections panel using the following criteria.

  • Title/Format The proposal meets the criteria in the Call for Papers and Presentations. The title gains the reviewer’s interest and is descriptive of the session. The format of the proposal is suited to the session type.
  • Goal/Purpose The objective(s) and goal(s) for the session are clear (stated or implied).
  • Content/Organization The proposal clearly describes the content of the session. It is focused, well-written, and well-organized. The reviewer has a clear idea about what will be presented.
  • Scholarship and/or Research Base The proposal is grounded in current research, scholarship and creative thought. It refers to the theory, practice, and/or research on which the presentation is based. Connections between the scholarship/practice and the proposed presentation are made.
  • Relevance/Interest/Timeliness The topic will be of interest to symposium presenters and delegates. The content is timely and relevant.
  • Overall Impression I would want to attend this session or recommend it to others.

Registration details to follow at Early bird, student, and reduced group rates will be available.

THE SINGING NETWORK was established in October 2014 by Co-Founders Prof. Ki Adams and Dr. Andrea Rose, and a steering committee of Memorial University faculty members. Its objective is to create and build a network (local-international) of individuals and organizations for the purpose of generating and producing a series of voice-singing-choral events ranging from workshops, seminars, master-classes, dialogues to a biennial, international Symposium on Singing and Song. 

Dr. Andrea Rose:
Prof. Ki Adams: