Call for papers

The call for papers is now closed.

The Royal Irish Academy of Music invites artistic research performers at doctoral and post-doctoral levels to take part in the second festival conference of music performance and artistic research.

Keynote performers:
Professor John Butt OBE (Gardiner Professor of Music, University of Glasgow)
Dr John O’Conor (Chair of the Piano Division at Shenandoah University, Virginia, USA)

The purpose of the conference is to bring together doctoral candidates and post-doctoral researchers working in the fields of musical performance and practice-based or artistic research in music. ‘Doctors in Performance’ places the emphasis on the music itself with the majority of presentations consisting principally of a musical performance in the form of a recital or a lecture recital related to the research. Shorter paper presentations on artistic research are also included.

Presentation proposals

Each of the presentations will consist of a musical performance (solo or chamber music) of 40 minutes maximum. The performance can take the form of a recital or a lecture recital. The music performed is expected to include or relate closely to the contents of the doctoral degree or research the participant is pursuing. Paper presentations on artistic research (20 minutes maximum) are also possible.

Forms for presentations:

  • Recital 40 minutes (+ 10 minutes discussion)
  • Lecture recital 40 minutes (+ 10 minutes discussion)
  • Paper presentation 20 minutes (+ 5 minutes discussion)
The conference language is English and all presentations should be in English.

In order to submit a proposal, please visit the online submission form via the buttons at the top and bottom of this page and follow the instructions there.

Proposals must be accompanied by the following:

  • a detailed programme of the recital: composers, work titles, composition years, opus numbers
  • a written summary of the candidate’s research topic (500 words maximum)
  • curriculum vitae (150 words maximum) and contact information
  • institutional affiliation
  • equipment needed for performances and presentations (instruments, data projectors, etc.)

The proposals will be peer-reviewed anonymously.


Conference proceedings for Doctors in Performance 2016 will be published in advance on the conference website and in print. This will serve as a concert programme as well as provide background information about the participants and their research topics. The applicants are therefore encouraged to include written comments discussing how their artistic and other research work support each other and towards which common goal they are directed.

Further information

For further information, please contact: Denise Neary ( The organising committee is given here.