2nd International Conference- NEW VOICES IN MUSIC AND FINE ARTS: In the Search of Mysticism-New Aspects of Spirituality in Music and Fine Arts of the 20th and 21st Century.


Conference: New Voices in Music and Fine Arts

The conference New Voices in Music and Fine Arts is open to composers, musicologists, performers, theorists and visual artists, and is devoted to contemporary (post-1965) music and fine arts that deal with spirituality and mysticism.

The essence of the activities undertaken within this conference is research oscillating between modernism and tradition, and how these approaches reach different dimensions of spirituality.

The aim of the conference is to share ideas, trends and new works intersecting with mysticism and spirituality in post-1965 music and fine arts.  The conference aims to build a community of varied scholarly perspectives on music and fine arts of the recent past and today. It aims to attract young scholars as well as established researchers, performers and visual artists and to become a place to connect, share and develop new ideas, knowledge, research and to experience live music.

Dates: June 6-7, 2019

Where: Institute of Music at the University of Silesia in Cieszyn, Poland

Who: Composers, Musicologists, Performers, Theorists, Visual Artists

WhatMusic and Fine Arts written/created after 1965

Registration fees: $100 for non-polish citizens and $50 for students; 300 PLN for Polish citizens


Deadline: March 31, 2019

Call for papers: The abstracts (up to 350 words) focusing on New Voices in Music and Fine Arts: In the Search of Mysticism-New Aspects of Spirituality in Music and Fine Arts of the 20th and 21st Century are to be submitted no later than March 31, 2019 to Dr. Anna Kijanowska (

Please submit abstracts in doc or docx format.

Proposals for lecture recitals are also welcomed.

Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes (20 minute paper + 5 minutes Q/A) for papers and 35 minutes for lecture-recitals. (30 minute presentation+5 minutes Q/A)

The Conference Proceedings will be published by the Silesian University Press in 2020.

Publication fee is $50 for non-Polish citizens; 100PLN for Polish citizens

Please make the  registration fee payable to:


ING BANK SLASKI 74 1050 1214 1000 0007 0000 7909

(IMPORTANT: Make sure to write on your transfer:  YOUR NAME and II Int. CONFERENCE- New Voices in Music and Fine Arts-REGISTRATION FEE. (or Publication fee))

Please note: The organizers do not cover lodging. However, a limited number of dorm accommodations are available on the campus.

Conference advisory Committee:

Prof. zw. dr hab.  Małgorzata Łuszczak – Dean of Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Silesia, Poland

dr hab. Małgorzata Kaniowska – Deputy Dean of Faculty of Fine Arts and Music for Scientific, Artistic Research and International Cooperation, University of Silesia, Poland

Prof. Ana Telles Béreau – Director, School of the Arts, University of Évora, Portugal

Prof. Sandra Maria Fonseca Leandro – Department of Visual Arts and Design, School of the Arts, University of Évora, Portugal

Dr. Olivia Lucas – Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Artistic and Executive Director:

Dr. Anna Kijanowska, University of Silesia, Poland

Keynote Speaker:

Maestro Jean-Sébastien Béreau

Jean-Sébastien Béreau entered the Paris Conservatoire at the age of nine, having studied with Darius Milhaud, Olivier Messiaen, Louis Fourestier and Maurice Martenot, among others. He was appointed director of the Metz Conservatoire and Principal Conductor of the Metz Symphony Orchestra when he was still in his twenties; later on, he was successively appointed director of the Rouen and Strasbourg Conservatoires.

From 1982 to 1997 he taught Orchestral Conducting at the “Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris”, where he was responsable for the activities of three orchestras; he collaborated with Pierre Boulez and Leonard Bernstein.

Along with his pedagogical activity, Jean-Sébastien Béreau has developped an intense international conducting career. Besides his appointements as Principal Conductor of the Metz and Rouen Symphony Orchestras, of the “Chanteurs de Saint Eustache” Chorale, in Paris, and of the “Chorale Strasbourgeoise”, in Strasbourg, he conducted some of the most prestigious orchestras in Paris, Moscow, Bruxels, Luxembourg, Lisbon, Rome, Manila, Taipé, among others. He conducted the “Orchestre des Mille”, gathering one thousand musiciens chosen amongst the soloists of all main french orchestras.