Our call for proposals for 2016 is now closed, but if you would like to apply for next year, the following guidelines will most likely apply:

Each day of the Vu Symposium will feature performances and presentations.  There may also be an opportunity for presenting sound installations or using Park City itself as a venue for a music-based public work.  Propose something!

Unlike other conferences and symposia, we will organize the format of our symposium based on the uniqueness of the submissions.

So, surprise us. 

If you would like to present a 5-minute thought or assertion, or an hour-long lecture, submit it.

We also encourage submission in both categories.  Tell us about your creative work, then present it.  Tell us about how you approached performing a work, then play it.

We are particularly interested in student work, half-ideas, works-in-progress, and other incomplete works.  Remember, it is your choice if you would like to include your work in our conference proceedings, so take risks and bring ideas that would benefit from discourse challengeable ideas.  This symposium is about solidifying, critiquing, and reinforcing ideas as a collective group of like-minded researchers as much as it is a venue to present polished, finished works.

Please review our two calls and submit as many ideas as you would like to both.

Email any questions about submissions to:

Call for music

Call for papers and presentations

The first annual Vu Symposium on experimental, electronic, and improvised music, will be held in Park City, Utah on July 5-7, 2016.

The theme for our first symposium is quite broad.  We invite scholars, performers, ensembles, composers, critics, and anyone and everyone interested in experimental, improvised, and/or electronic music to present papers, pieces, curated concerts, ideas, half-ideas, lectures, performance pieces, improvisations, or installations that ask, answer, or critique the following question:

“What happened, what’s happening now, and what could happen?”

Our goal is to provide a forum in which any thinker and/or practitioner who is writing about, performing, presenting, or otherwise championing experimental, improvised and electronic music can freely engage in discourse.  The format of the symposium will vary each year based on the nature and the number of submissions but will include: concerts, roundtables, paper presentations, and longer lectures.  This symposium does not focus on keynotes, featured ensembles, or featured composers, it is focused on the free exchange of ideas of its participants.  Because of this, our symposium is free of charge.  Participants are highly encouraged to attend all three days of the symposium.

The Vu Symposium is sponsored by Listen/Space, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization.  Print and electronic conference proceedings will be published by Listen/Space, so any participant that would like to publish their paper, presentation, or performance may do so.

Park City, Utah is a small mountain town that also happens to host many conferences and festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival.  Free public transportation, convenient accommodations, outdoor activities, and great restaurants are literally steps away from our symposium’s home base at the Park City Library.

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