Research on Contemporary Composition

Research on Contemporary Composition


The University of North Georgia announces the 2021 Research on Contemporary Composition Conference, to be held at the University of North Georgia, October 30 and 31, 2021. The conference will feature music performances and research focused on music composed within the past 15 years. The conference will also feature social events and opportunities to explore local nature with new music hiking concerts.


We invite papers on all topics related to the composition, performance, and teaching of recently composed music. Presentations will be limited to 30 minutes.

All papers will be selected based on relevance and quality. We encourage music scholarship on any level (K-12, higher education, community) with emphasis given to research on contemporary (music composed within the past 15 years).

We are especially interested in presentations addressing:

  • professional programming of composers of diverse backgrounds
  • analytical/theoretical research on recent composition
  • exploration of lesser known composers
  • experimentalism
  • scholarship of teaching and learning contemporary composition
  • interchange with disciplines outside of music
  • commisioning contemporary composition
  • current roles of composers and performers
  • exploration of music for films/games, jazz composition and arranging, and commercial settings

Submit to Present Paper (off-site link)


We welcome the performance of recent compositions (composed within the past 15 years). In conjunction with the presentation of research papers, new music performances are featured throughout the conference, and composers are strongly encouraged to participate in the entire conference.

Submit to Present Composition - proposal for conference recitalists or bring your own performers (off-site link)

Submit to Present Electronic Composition Acousmatically - hiking concerts or between sessions (off-site link)


Proposals due by July 25, 2021. Invited participants will be required to register and attend the conference.

Most events will happen on the University of North Georgia’s Dahlonega campus. This picturesque community, about an hour north of metro Atlanta, is the home of the first major gold rush in the nation and a popular tourist attraction nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With stunning waterfalls surrounded by lush forests inhabited by abundant wildlife, the north Georgia region draws visitors who enjoy hiking, mountain climbing, rafting, canoeing, and camping.

Please address questions to the event coordinator, David Peoples - dpeoples "@"


Conference Booklet 2020
Conference Booklet 2019
Conference Booklet 2018
Conference Booklet 2017

Browse the contents of Research on Contemporary Composition:

Proceedings of ROCC 2018
Proceedings of ROCC 2017