44th MSA Conference – Sydney 2021

9-11 December 2021, University of New South Wales (online)

Registrations for the 2021 MSA National Conference have now CLOSED

Annual General Meeting

The MSA’s Annual General Meeting for 2021 was held during the conference on Friday 10 December, 12-1pm (AEDT), on Zoom.

Conference Programme

The final presentation schedule and programme booklet for the MSA National Conference and Symposium on Indigenous Music and Dance are available below.

Below are details of the initial Call for Proposals (note: the deadline was 31 May 2021).

The conference organizing committee invites proposals for papers, presentations, panels and themed sessions on any topic of music research.

Formal conference papers: 20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions and discussion

Lecture recitals/demonstrations: 20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions and discussion

Panels and themed sessions: 90 minutes

Proposal Outcome: 1 July 2021

We are pleased to announce that Professor Lydia Goehr will give a keynote address. The conference will also include an ECR Keynote, which will be announced soon.

All presenters must be current financial members of the MSA at the time of accepting the invitation to present.

The conference is being convened by Michael Hooper, alongside Christopher Coady, Julia Donnelly, Rafael Echevarria, David Larkin, Alan Maddox, Ryan Martin, John Napier, and Kathryn Roberts Parker.

The conference will coincide with the 20th Symposium on Indigenous Music and Dance, co-convened by Aaron Corn and Sally Treloyn. A separate Call for Papers for this Symposium has been announced here.


Proposals for individual presentations should include a title, and an abstract of no more than 250 words. Please also include the name of the presenter, a short biography of no more than 100 words, four keywords, and an institutional affiliation if applicable.

Proposals for panels and themed sessions should include the above information for each of the presenters, as well as a title and an abstract for the panel or themed session as a whole. Please also include a plan for how the 90 minutes will be used.

Please email your proposals, with the subject heading ‘Conference Proposal,’ to: