Call for papers

Call for papers



The Jazz Department and the MuTri Doctoral School of the Sibelius Academy, University of Arts Helsinki invites

· jazz voice artistic researchers at the doctoral and post-doctoral levels

· jazz voice educators

· jazz voice performers

to take part in the second edition of the International Jazz Voice Conference.


Keynote speakers:

Deborah Brown

Darmon Meader

Farah Jasmine Griffin


The International Jazz Voice Conference in Helsinki is the second event of its type, organized for jazz singers by jazz singers. The second edition of the IJVC comes from the acute need for international specialists in the field to connect and interact. IJVC aims to raise awareness of the importance and significance of jazz singing among vocalists, musicians and the general public. IJVC is also a platform for connecting professionals. 

The conference will focus on artistry, education and research in the field of vocal jazz. The activities of the conference include lectures, presentations, workshops, panel discussions and concerts - all related to jazz voice.

Presentation formats:

· Lecture / presentation, 10 min (+10 min discussion)

· Lecture concert, 30 min (+10 min discussion) *

· Workshop, 30 min (+10 min discussion) *

* An accompanying house-band can be provided upon request 


We welcome proposals on the following topics: vocal jazz improvisation, history of vocal jazz, vocal jazz research, sound qualities and jazz voice technique, interpretation, traditional vocal jazz, stylistic directions of vocal jazz, instrumentalists versus singers, vocal jazz pedagogy, and vocal jazz in different countries/cultures. Proposals on other topics related to jazz singing may also be considered, so please send your abstract and topic.

The language of the conference and all presentations is English.

Required documents:

· Proposal form

· Curriculum vitae

Proposals will be peer-reviewed anonymously by a board of jazz professionals.

All applicants will be notified regarding their acceptance via e-mail by May 8, 2017. The conference fee for presenters is 130EUR (including coffee, lunch and afternoon coffee/tea for 3 days and the final dinner on Sunday 8th of October).

The final schedule of the conference will be announced by May 15, 2017.