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2019 Annual Conference


July 9-12, Vipiteno, Italy


Symbols, Signs, and Meanings in Russian Music

with a special session “Sex, Gender, and the Erotic in Russian Music”

Additionally, papers are invited for special sessions to commemorate:

180th Musorgsky anniversary and

175th Rimsky-Korsakov anniversary

Two IRMS 2019 Prizes will be awarded:

for the best junior scholar paper and

the best student paper

This conference of the Institute for Russian Music Studies (IRMS) is hosted in Vipiteno July 9-12, 2019 (July 8 arrival – July 13 departure) under the auspices of the Orfeo Music Festival and the Municipality of Vipiteno.

Scholars and students of Russian music from around the world are invited to submit paper proposals of new research in Russian music and panel discussion proposals. The committee will select papers of special interest for conference presentations and panel sessions. Papers are planned as 20 min. presentations followed by short discussions. Papers will be considered for publication as a collection of articles. The official languages of the conference are English and Russian (with provided English translation).


Ada Aynbinder (Tchaikovsky State Museum-Reserve, State Institute for Art Studies, Russia)

Philip Ross Bullock (University of Oxford, UK)

Olga Digonskaya (Shostakovich Archive, Russian National Museum of Music, Russia)

Emily Frey (Swarthmore College, USA)

Marina Frolova-Walker (Cambridge University, UK)

Larisa Jackson (University of Houston - Downtown, USA; OMF, Italy)

Simon Morrison (Princeton University, USA)


March 1: 1) Deadline for 300-400-word abstract. Include title of proposed paper, the state of research field and the contribution of the paper to the field. 2) Your 100-word biography, digital head-shot, your name, institutional affiliation or independent scholar status and your contact information. Email to:

April 1: Paper acceptance notifications sent out. The committee will finalize the decision on the papers included in the conference by the end of March and will inform the contributors immediately thereafter.

April 1 – May 31: Complete Registration Form.

Fees: from €130/$150, see registration form for more detail and hotel information (discounted student rates are posted on the registration form).

Hotel option is available for registered participants for a limited time on a first come basis, please see registration form, otherwise please make independent hotel reservations.


July 8 - arrival, July 13 or later - departure

Airports: The nearest major international airport is Munich. 

Innsbruck, Verona, Venice airports, as well as Munich, are easily accessible by train.

By car from North: Highway (Autostrada) A22
Exit soon after crossing Italian border
Follow signs to Vipiteno/Sterzing

By car from South: Highway (Autostrada) A22
Follow signs to Vipiteno/Sterzing (exit right before Austrian border)

By train: The train will take you to Fortezza where you need to transfer to Vipiteno/Sterzing.

For train schedules please see:

Bus to/from airport:


Flixbus -



Hotel option is available for registered participants for a limited time on a first come basis, please see registration formotherwise please make independent hotel reservations.


Conference schedule will become available shortly before the conference, please stand by.