American Handel Society Conference

The American Handel Society will hold its 2021 conference virtually, hosted by Indiana University Bloomington. The provisional dates will be March 11–14, 2021 (subject to change). The conference is anticipated to include scholarly papers, musical performances, and possibly workshops. More details to follow.


CALL FOR PAPERS

The Society invites the submission of abstracts for papers on any topic connected with Handel’s life and music. We are also interested in proposals using alternative formats that are conducive to the digital environment, such as seminar-based panels, workshops, streaming lecture-recitals, or other creative programming.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words may be sent by October 4, 2020 to the Program Chair, Nathan Link at americanhandelsociety@gmail.com.

Guidelines on virtual presentations and length of papers will be announced at a later date.


Recently Past Festivals

Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana
February 7–10, 2019

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Princeton University
April 6-9, 2017

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Iowa City
April 23-26, 2015

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Past Howard Serwer Memorial Lectures

Year Speaker Lecture Title Festival Location
2019 Ellen Rosand "Handel's 'Music'" Bloomington, IN – Indiana University
2017 John Butt "Handel and Messiah: Harmonizing the Bible for a Modern World?" Princeton, NJ – Princeton University
2015 Nicholas McGegan "Handel in My Lifetime" Iowa City, IA – University of Iowa
2013 Reinhard Strohm "Handel: Opera and Ritual" Princeton, NJ – Princeton University
2011 David Hurley "Once More with Feeling: Da Capo Patterns in Handel's Oratorios" Seattle, WA
2009 Robert Ketterer "London as Athens: Teseo and Arianna in Creta" Danville, KY - Centre College
2007 Andrew Porter "How Handel's Operas Entered the Modern Repertory" Princeton, NJ – Princeton University
2005 Graydon Beeks "Private Patronage of Church Music in the Reign of George I" Santa Fe, NM
2003 Terence Best "Handel Editions" Iowa City, IA – University of Iowa
2001 Nicholas Temperley "'In Virtue's Cause': How Handel's Music was Sanctified" College Park, MD – University of Maryland
2000 Ruth Smith "Fifteen Ways to Skin an Oratorio, of Understanding Theodora" College Park, MD – University of Maryland
1998 Anthony Hicks "Handel's Jephtha: A Sacridice to Theology?" College Park, MD – University of Maryland
1996 Donald Burrows "M. Handel's Friends: Contemporary Accounts of the Composer from the papers of James Harris" College Park, MD – University of Maryland
1994 Winton Dean "Handel's Operas in the Theatre" College Park, MD – University of Maryland
1992 John Roberts "The Song for St Cecilia's Day and Handel's 'Borrowing' from other Composers" College Park, MD - University of Maryland
1991 Paul Brainard "Bach and Handel: Another Look" Washington, D.C. – George Washington University
1990 Don E. Saliers "Words and The Word: Sounding the Text of Handel's Messiah" College Park, MD – University of Maryland
1989 Bernd Baselt "The War of Spanish Succession, Italy, and Handel" College Park, MD – University of Maryland
1988 Ellen T. Harris "Integrity and Improvisation in the Music of Handel" College Park, MD – University of Maryland
1987 Jens Peter Larsen "The Turning Point in Handel's Oratorio Tradition" College Park, MD – University of Maryland

Other Conferences and Events

International Scholarly Conference (2020)
"Handel images - iconography, aesthetics, compositional practice"
November 30-December 1, 2020
Händel-Haus, Halle an der Saale

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International Scholarly Conference (2021)
"Redemption and Modern Age—Handel’s Messiah in the 19th to 21st Century"
May 31–June 2, 2021
Händel-Haus, Halle an der Saale

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Handel Institute Conference
"Handel: Interactions and Influences"
November 20–21, 2021
The Foundling Museum, London WC1N 1AZ

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