Conferences & Symposia

Since 2001 the Mozart Society of America has organized conferences that attract an international group of scholars and performers as participants and attendees. These conferences explore various themes in Mozart studies through papers, panel discussions, library- or museum-sponsored exhibitions, and performances.

Our Next Meetings

MSA Study Session and Annual Business Meeting – Friday, 11 November 2022

We are pleased to invite you to our first in-person session at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society (AMS) since 2019:

Mozart Society of America
Business Meeting and Study Session
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Grand Ballroom B
Friday, 11 November 2022
7:00-9:00 p.m., CST

The Business Meeting will include reports on our activities over the past year and on our future plans, as well as the announcement of the winner of this year’s Marjorie Weston Emerson Award.

Our Study Session will have as its theme

Detail of 1739 Bretez - Turgot map of Paris

Mozart and Bologne in Paris – 1763-66, 1778

with the following presentations:

  • Bruce Alan Brown (University of Southern California), “The ‘alten Miserablen französischen arien’ in Mozart’s Ballet Les Petits Riens
  • Julia Doe (Columbia University), “Mozart and Bologne in Paris, 1763-66”
  • Julian Ledford (Sewanee: The University of the South), “Problematizing Mozart noir
  • Caryl Clark (University of Toronto), “Did Bologne and Mozart Ever Meet?”

We hope to see many of you there!

Following our session, we hope that you will join us in the same space shortly afterward for an

Eighteenth-Century Music Societies Joint Reception
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Grand Ballroom B
Friday, 11 November 2022
9:30-11:30 p.m., CST

This will be open to MSA members and to members of the American Bach Society, American Handel Society, Haydn Society of North America, and the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music, as well as other attendees of the meeting. There will be a cash bar and complimentary light refreshments, as well as plenty of opportunity to socialize with friends old and new.

Call for Papers: MSA session at ASECS, St Louis March 9-11, 2023

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 53rd Annual Meeting

Abstracts due: Monday, October 24, 2022, 11:59pm EDT

Relocating Mozart: New Contexts for Mozart’s Music [Mozart Society of America session] 

Pierpaolo Polzonetti, University of California, Davis,

What happens when the music of Mozart relocates outside the immediate contexts where or for which it originated? From Mozart’s time right up to the present day, Mozart’s music has been relocated into new contexts, on a global scale, often in new and unpredictable performative settings. The global appeal and versatility of Mozart’s music to new cultural and social contexts provoke questions about shifting and layering of values and meanings in new times and spaces. We invite contributions that place Mozart and his music into broad geographical, intellectual, social, cultural, and political contexts. Contributions might discuss issues of place, geography, and environment; aesthetics; circulation of music and material culture; patronage and economics; artistic life; reception of Mozart and his legacy; and the diverse contexts in which Mozart’s music was performed and heard.

See also Encounters with Eighteenth-Century Music

Past Conferences and Study Sessions

Sessions at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

  • 2022: No MSA session. Baltimore, MD.
  • 2021: Charles Burney’s Tour in Perspective. Online.
  • 2020: [conference cancelled due to coronavirus, session rescheduled for 2021, Toronto, OR]
  • 2019: Music and Mobility (Joint Session with Society for Eighteenth-Century Music). Denver, CO.
  • 2018: Mozart the Wunderkind in Context. Orlando, FL.
  • 2016: Mozart and the Promise of the Enlightened Stage. Pittsburgh, PA.
  • 2015: Eighteenth-Century Views of Mozart and his Music. Los Angeles, CA.
  • 2014: Mozart and his Situation. Williamsburg, VA.
  • 2013: Mozart and the Concept of Genius. Cleveland, OH.
  • 2012: Mozart’s Chamber Music and its Contexts and Mozart and the Allegorical Stage. San Antonio, TX.
  • 2010: Teaching Mozart. Albuquerque, NM.
  • 2009: Biography and Portraiture in Mozartean Myth-Making. Richmond, VA.
  • 2008: Aspects of Mozart. Portland, OR.
  • 2007: Mozart After 250. Atlanta, GA.
  • 2006: Making Opera: Mozart in the Theatre. Montréal, Canada.
  • 2005: Restoring Mozart. Las Vegas, NV.
  • 2004: Mozartean Couplings. Boston, MA.
  • 2003: Mozart and the Habsburgs. Los Angeles, CA.
    Mozart in North America: The Eighteenth Century. Los Angeles, CA.
  • 2002: Mozartean Contexts. Colorado Springs, CO.
  • 2001: Music in Mozart’s Vienna. New Orleans, LA.
  • 2000: Mozart and Women. Philadelphia, PA.
  • 1999: Mozart and Eighteenth-Century Musical Dialect. Milwaukee, WI.
  • 1998: Mozart and Representation. University of Notre Dame, IN.

Panel Sessions at Mostly Mozart Festival, Lincoln Center