Call for Papers: American Handel Society Conference 2023

The biennial conference of the American Handel Society will be held in Bloomington, Indiana, hosted by the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University Bloomington, on February 23–26, 2023. Commencing on Handel's 338th birthday, the conference will include academic panels, the Howard Serwer Memorial Lecture, and performances by IU's Historical Performance Institute.

The Society invites submission of abstracts for papers on any topic connected with Handel's life, his music, his close contemporaries, or the contexts in which his music was composed and/or performed. Given the setting, the Program Committee would especially appreciate topics on issues of performance and performance practice.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words may be sent by October 3, 2022 to the program chair, Roger Freitas, at

Recently Past Festivals

March 11–14, 2021

Virtual Conference
Hosted by Indiana University

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April 6-9, 2017

Princeton University

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April 23-26, 2015

Iowa City

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Past Howard Serwer Memorial Lectures

Year Speaker Title Location
2021 Berta Joncus Posterity vs Celebrity: Handel Studies and the 21st Century Virtual Conference – Hosted by Indiana University
2019 Ellen Rosand Handel's 'Music' Bloomington, IN – Indiana University
2017 John Butt Handel and Messiah: Harmonizing the Bible for a Modern World? Princeton, NJ – Princeton University
2015 Nicholas McGegan Handel in My Lifetime Iowa City, IA – University of Iowa
2013 Reinhard Strohm Handel: Opera and Ritual Princeton, NJ – Princeton University
2011 David Hurley Once More with Feeling: Da Capo Patterns in Handel's Oratorios Seattle, WA
2009 Robert Ketterer London as Athens: Teseo and Arianna in Creta Danville, KY - Centre College
2007 Andrew Porter How Handel's Operas Entered the Modern Repertory Princeton, NJ – Princeton University
2005 Graydon Beeks Private Patronage of Church Music in the Reign of George I Santa Fe, NM
2003 Terence Best Handel Editions Iowa City, IA – University of Iowa
2001 Nicholas Temperley 'In Virtue's Cause': How Handel's Music was Sanctified College Park, MD – University of Maryland
2000 Ruth Smith Fifteen Ways to Skin an Oratorio, of Understanding Theodora College Park, MD – University of Maryland
1998 Anthony Hicks Handel's Jephtha: A Sacridice to Theology? College Park, MD – University of Maryland
1996 Donald Burrows M. Handel's Friends: Contemporary Accounts of the Composer from the papers of James T. College Park, MD – University of Maryland
1994 Winton Dean Handel's Operas in the Theatre College Park, MD – University of Maryland
1992 John Roberts The Song for St Cecilia's Day and Handel's 'Borrowing' from other Composers College Park, MD - University of Maryland
1991 Paul Brainard Bach and Handel: Another Look Washington, D.C. – George Washington University
1990 Don E. Saliers Words and The Word: Sounding the Text of Handel's Messiah College Park, MD – University of Maryland
1989 Bernd Baselt The War of Spanish Succession, Italy, and Handel College Park, MD – University of Maryland
1988 Ellen T. Harris Integrity and Improvisation in the Music of Handel College Park, MD – University of Maryland
1987 Jens Peter Larsen The Turning Point in Handel's Oratorio Tradition College Park, MD – University of Maryland

Other Conferences and Events

Karlsruhe Handel Festival
February 18–March 2, 2022

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Encounters with Eighteenth-Century Music: A Virtual Forum

Online series of talks, interviews, and other events sponsored by five eighteenth-century-music societies: American Bach Society, American Handel Society, Haydn Society of North America, Mozart Society of America, and Society for Eighteenth-Century Music. Free and open to the public, but advance registration is required.

February 11, 2022, 2:00–3:30 pm EST
“Performing the Baroque for Modern Audiences”—Nicholas McGegan and Ellen Harris

March 7, 2022, 3:00–4:30 pm EST
“Mozart and Childhood in the 1700s”—Adeline Miller and Alyson MacLamore

April 29, 2022, 2:00–3:30 pm EST
“Keyboards and Composers: Thoughts on Historical Instruments, Composition and Performance”—Tom Beghin

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Göttingen Handel Competition
May 16–17, 2022 (application deadline: January 31, 2022)

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