American Handel Festival

The American Handel Society hosts a biennial festival. The festival includes: academic panels, the Serwer Lecture, and performances of music by Handel and his contemporaries.

The next festival will take place at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana on February 7–10, 2019. The conference will include performances of Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Parnasso in festa. Ellen Rosand (Yale University) will give the Howard Serwer Memorial Lecture.

Learn more at the conference website.

CALL FOR PAPERS (deadline extended)

The Society invites submission of abstracts for papers on any topic connected with Handel’s life and music. Given the opportunity of an interdisciplinary panel, we also invite topics on the theme of "Narrative Turning Points in the Eighteenth Century." Turning Points may be interpreted broadly, from narrative structure (climax, revelation, catharsis) and narrative representation (transformation, identity, character), to historiographical or methodological changes with respect to narrative. We will be especially interested in any topics pertaining to theater, drama, spectacle, music, or art, or any narrative themes related to the major performances of the festival--Handel's Giulio Cesare and Parnasso in festa.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words may be sent by October 15, 2018 to the Program Chair, Norbert Dubowy at

Recently Past Festivals

Princeton University
April 6-9, 2017

Howard Serwer Memorial Lecture by John Butt (University of Glasgow)

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Iowa City
April 23-26, 2015

Howard Serwer Memorial Lecture by Nicholas McGegan

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Other resources, maintained by the Handel Institute, offers a wide variety of information about Handel and his music.

The Portland Handel Society's concert list catalogs upcoming Handel performances in the US, Canada, and throughout the world.