Thursday, March 17, 2022
Sunday, March 20, 2022
Submission Deadline
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

The 3rd edition of the international interdisciplinary conference The 21st Century Guitar will be hosted in-person and virtually from March 17-20, 2022 by Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana in collaboration with the International Guitar Research Centre (IGRC, University of Surrey).

The goal of this edition is to bring together academics, composers and performers from different fields who are interested in contemporary approaches to guitar research, sound production, composition, performance and pedagogy.

We seek lectures or lecture-recitals on any type of guitar and style under one or more of the following topics:

Performance techniques in contemporary guitar in chamber music

Compositional approaches in contemporary guitar in chamber music

New instruments and instrument designs

Inter-instrument approaches

Acoustics and physical modelling

Contemporary approaches to guitar pedagogy

Musicological or historical research on the guitar in contemporary chamber music

Phenomenological aspects of guitar performance

Artistic research approaches to the guitar in contemporary chamber music

Empirical research in guitar skill acquisition and performance (motor learning, cognition, psychology, embodied cognition, biomechanics)


- Lecture (20 min. presentation + 10 min. questions)

- Lecture-recital (35 min. presentation + 10 min. questions)


Please submit a 350-word abstract including purpose, literature review, methodology, findings (final or preliminary) using the application form below.

All lecture and lecture-recital proposals will be blind-reviewed. Do not include the author(s)’s name or other identifying details in the abstract.

Submissions must be received no later than August 31, 2021, and notifications will be made by September 30, 2021.

Participants can attend the conference online or in-person. If attending in-person, all travel and accommodation costs are the responsibility of the participant(s).

Please address questions to Amy Brandon at