Date: 07 - 09 November 2019
location: Conservatorio di Musica "G. Verdi" di Torino, Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 11, 10123 Turin, Italy
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46th AEC Annual Congress and General Assembly
7-9 November 2019

Conservatorio di Musica "G. Verdi", Turin

"Re-imagining Success?"

AEC - Strengthening Music in Society

Around the same time as this year's AEC Congress takes place, the AEC’s highly successful Creative Europe project “SMS – Strengthening Music in Society” enters its third year of operation. One might wonder how success is measured, and whether it is appropriate to speak about success for a project which has not yet reached its halfway point. It is easy to claim to be “successful„, but the criteria used to measure this success should be defined. However, one thing seems certain: the SMS Project is capturing the spirit of our time. The issues that it raises address the key questions that will determine the future of the Higher Music Education sector.

It is still too early to foresee to what extent the results of the project will contribute to the sustainable strengthening of the social significance of art and culture in general, as well as music and music education specifically. However, the Turin Congress has set itself the task to provide food for thought and to reveal new approaches to accomplish these goals. To do so, it is crucial to turn to prior successful work, but also to rethink and re-imagine familiar routines and to explore new pathways.

The thematic spectrum of the 46th Congress is, as usual, very broad. The two main themes, ‘Entrepreneurship’ and ‘Digitisation’ seem a straightforward response to the burning issues that arise from the change in the job market and therefore affect the music profession. In November 2017, for the first time in its history, the European Commission referred to culture and cultural education as 'key to the future - both for the individual as well as for our Union as a whole'. Triggered by this clear political commitment, the idea of the identity-building effect of art and music is experiencing a somehow unexpected revival.

The arts do not exist in isolation, but they are part of society. They can, in the best case, positively influence society and give an important contribution to its evolution. On the other hand, the arts depend on a social climate of appreciation which recognizes and values all of their aspects: as art production, as the subject of aesthetic education and as the object of self-developed participation in culture as part of one’s human rights.
In order for art and culture to become the glue that holds societies together, greater emphasis must be placed on issues such as access to music and music education for everyone. That is why this year's AEC Congress will address variety of topics such as audience development and early childhood music education. Furthermore, special attention will be devoted to the concept of “diversity” and the need to face an ever-changing and increasingly pluralistic understanding of culture. In line with a well-established tradition, the Congress will also resume the debate on topics that have been on the agenda in previous editions. A central role will be played by the discussion on “power relations”, which determine the inner structure of Higher Music Education Institutions: how to deal with this issue for the benefit of all? And how to overcome an outdated understanding of power relations? These questions will run like a red thread throughout the Congress programme.

In addition, the 2019 Congress will also provide the opportunity to meet colleagues from other countries and to exchange views in front of a couple of glasses of good Piedmontese wine.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Turin, to jointly explore new approaches and to search for an up-to-date definition of the Higher Education Institutions' role in society.


7-9 November 2019
Conservatorio di Musica“G. Verdi„ Torino, Italy
“Re-imagining Success?”

AEC - Strengthening Music in Society

Please note that this year there will be no simultaneous translations at the Congress. All sessions will be delivered in English language, but all Congress documents and information will be translated in written form in French, German and Italian​

Pre-Congress Programme

Wednesday 6 November

15:30 Registration for the MusiQuE Workshop
16:00 – 21:00 Pre-Congress Workshop  - MusiQuE 

Workshop and training for Peer-Reviewers organized by MusiQuE - Music Quality Enhancement (the Foundation for Quality Enhancement and Accreditation in Higher Music Education) 

 Working Dinner at the Restaurant "Alla Lettera"

Thursday 7 November

9:30 – 12:30 Continuation of the Pre-Congress Workshop - MusiQuE

Workshop and training for Peer-Reviewers organized by MusiQuE - Music Quality Enhancement (the Foundation for Quality Enhancement and Accreditation in Higher Music Education)Coffee Break at 11:00

9:30 - 13:00 Pre-Congress Workshop - Student Engagement

"Strengthening the Society in Your Institution" , with Caroline Sundberg, European Students’ Union former Vice-President, and Clara Barbera, SMS working group on Diversity, Identity and Inclusiveness, and  Ankna Arickiam, Chair of the AEC student working group


13:00 - 14:00 Networking lunch for Pre-Congress Seminars Participants (Restaurant "Alla Lettera")

13:00 - 15:00 AEC Council Meeting [for AEC Council members only – lunch served in the meeting room for AEC Council members]


Congress Programme


Thursday 7 November

13:45 Registration starts –  Coffee and Refreshments available

14:15 - 15:00 Optional Guided Tour

15:15 – 16:15 Welcome to Newcomers with members of AEC Council and AEC Office Team and Welcome to Students – for students delegates with the AEC Students working group 

16:30 – 17:15 Opening Event 

Music Performance
Words of welcome by:

Marco Zuccarini, Director of the Conservatorio di Torino
Franscesca Leon, Assessore alla Cultura Città di Torino
Greetings from Dan Dressen, President of the National Association of Schools of Music US (NASM)
Greetings from Jenny Ang, Executive Committee Member of the Southeast Asian Directors of Music Association  (SEADOM)
Ankna Arockiam, Chair of the AEC Students working group
Eirik Birkeland, President of the AEC

17:15 – 17:45 Plenary Session I - Keynote Speaker

"On Digitisation, Entrepreneurship and Music" by Alfons Karabuda, Composer and President of IMC (International Music Council) and ECSA (European Composer and Songwriter Alliance)

17:50 – 19:00 Opening Brainstorming on topics proposed by participants

Introduction by Stefan Gies, AEC Chief Executive

Introducing the AEC Stakeholder Assembly on Power Relations: from systemic inequity to systemic change, presentation by David-Emil Wickström, chair of the SMS Diversity working group and Deborah Kelleher, AEC Vice-President

19:15 – 20:00  Concert 

20:00 Welcome Dinner at Museo del Risorgimento


Friday 8 November

9:00 Networking with coffee available and continuation of registrations

9:15 - 10:15 Plenary Session II

Music Introduction

"Strengthening Music in Society: Priorities and Action"
Panel Discussion moderated by Helena Gaunt, Principal at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, Chair of SMS Working Group 1 on Music in Society

Ilona Schmiel, Executive and Artistic Director at Tonhalle Zürich, Switzerland
Luca Ripanti, RAI Symphony Orchestra Turin, Italy
Camilla Overgaard, AEC Student Working Group representative and student at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus/Aalborg, Denmark
Julian Lloyd Webber, Principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, United Kingdom
Alfons Karabuda, Composer and President of IMC (International Music Council) and ECSA (European Composer and Songwriter Alliance)


10:25 - 11:25 Parallel Sessions I

  1. Power relations: Issues of equity and positionality, presented by Deborah Kelleher, AEC Vice-President and students, facilitated by David Emil Wickström, chair of the SMS working group 2 on Identity, Diversity and Inclusiveness 

  2. Digitising Learning and Performing Through Low Latency Techology: the SWING Project and the work of the SMS Learning&Teaching and Digitisation working groups, presentations by Claudio Allocchio, GARR Network, Italy, Stefan Gies, AEC Chief Executive and Anna Maria Bordin, Conservatorio di Musica „“N. Paganini“ Genova, Italy, members of the SMS Working Group 5 on Learning and Teaching and André Stärk, Hochschule für Musik Detmold, Germany, member of the SMS Working Group 6 on Digitisation 

  3. East meets West, West meets East: Asian and European Perspectives on Building Meaningful International Collaboration, with Adrian Walter, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Xavier Bouvier, Haute École de Musique de Genève, Marianne Jakobsen, Royal Danish Academy of Music, Narong Prangcharnoen, School of Music, Mahidol University, moderated by Gretchen Amussen, former AEC Council Member

  4. 20 years from the Bologna Declaration – a successful process? Preparing the Ministerial Conference 2020 in Rome. Round Table with Ann Katherine Isaacs and Cristina Ghitulica,Bologna Follow Up Group, Eirik Birkeland, AEC President, Marco Zuccarini, Conservatorio G. Verdi, Turin, Italy, moderated by Lucia Di Cecca, AEC Council Member

​11:25 - 12:05 Networking with Refreshments

12:10 - 13:10 Parallel Sessions II

  1. Reaching out to Digital Natives Generations: presentations by the Creative Europe Projects „Opera Incanto“ and „Opera Out of Opera“, the “Creating New Opera„ Programme and the SMS Early Childhood working group with Michelangelo Galeati, Conservatorio Santa Ceclia, Rome, Italy, Raffaele Longo, Conservatorio di Musica „S. Giacomantonio“ di Cosenza, Italy, Anna Maria Koziomtzis, Royal College of Music, Stockholm, Sweden, Wilhelm Carlsson, University College of Opera, Stockholm, Till Skoruppa, SMS Early Childhood working group moderated by Luc Nijs, chair of  the SMS Digitisation working group 

  2. Re-imagining Entrepreneurship: presentations by DEMUSIS and RENEW Projects, the Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Innovation Programme at Reina Sofia and the SMS Entrepreneurship Working Group, with Ivana Perković, University of the Arts in Belgrade, Serbia, Esther Viñuela, Escuela Superior de Mùsica Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain,  Renee Jonker, Royal Conservatoire The Hague, The Netherlands and Payam Gul Susanni, Yasar University of Music, Izmir, Turkey, member of the SMS Entrepreneurship working group   

  3. Digital Tools to Enhance HMEI's collaborations and offer: examples from Amsterdam Conservatoire, Opera Vision and the University in Bergen with Edoardo Righini, Conservatorium van Amsterdam and Luke O'Shaughnessy, Opera Europa and Dagfinn Bach, University of Bergen, moderated by Matti Ruippo, member of SMS Digitisation working group 

  4. Successfully International in a Globalised World: discussion based on the Reflection Paper of the SMS Internationalization and Transnational Mobility working group with Christofer Fredriksson, University College of Opera, Uniarts Stockholm, chair of the SMS Internationalisation and Transnational Mobility working group moderated by Celia Duffy, RCS Glasgow, UK

13:10 - 14:40 Networking Lunch (Collegio San Giuseppe)

14:45 - 15:45 Parallel Sessions III

  1. Discourses on Academisation: How classical music performance teachers are thinking and talking about their professional duty with Eva Georgii-Hemming, Elin Angelo, Christian Rolle,  members of the DAPHME research project DAPHME, moderated by Jon Helge Sætre, NMH Oslo, chair of the SMS Learning&Teaching WG 

  2. E-Mobility: Successful Mobility and Recognition through Digital Credentials: the Groningen Declaration Network and the DiploME blockchain solution by Jelger de Boer, DUO and Luca Lantero, CIMEA (Italian Agency for Recognition), moderated by Lucia Di Cecca, AEC Council Member 

  3. Successful Artistic Research: best practices from EPARM presentations and performances by Saale Fischer , Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Tallinn, Estonia and Marie-Charline Foccroulle, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, Ireland, moderated by Stephen Broad, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, chair of the EPARM 

  4. Health and Well-being as pre-condition for success: the Heathy Conservatoire presentations by Aaron Williamon, Royal College of Music, London, UK and and Cristina Frosini, Conservatorio di Musica “G. Verdi“ di Milano, Italy, moderated by Henrik Sveidahl, Rythmic Conservatory Copenhagen, Denkmark

​15:50 - 16:50 Parallel Sessions IV

  1. Conservatoires' Leadership Perspectives in the Digital Era: the MOOCs and developments from the INTERMUSIC Project  with Roberto De Thierry, Conservatorio di Musica “G. Verdi“ Milan, Italy, Mantautas Krukauskas, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre Vilnius, Marianne Jakobsen, Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, Peter Dejans, Orpheus Institute Gent, Belgium, Uffe Savery, Royal Academy of Music, Copenhagen, Denmark, Cristina Frosini, Conservatorio “G.Verdi„di Milano, Italy, Zbignevas Ibelgauptas, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius , moderated by Sandrine Desmurs, CEFEDEM Lyon, France, member of SMS Digitisation working group

  2. Consideration of Conditions Affecting Music Study and its Future: a session in cooperation with NASM, with Karen P. Moynahan, NASM Executive Director, and Dan Dressen, NASM President, Provost and Dean, St. Olaf College, USA, Stefan Gies, AEC Chief Executive, moderated by Eirik Birkeland, AEC President

  3. The music student as successful future agent of cultural management: a session in cooperation with ENCATC, the European Network of Cultural management and policy with Tanja Johansson, Sibelius Academy, Helsinki and ENCATC Board Member and Payam Gul Susanni, Yasar University, Izmir, Turkey

  4. Re-imagining the MusiQuE Standards for success: your input needed! moderated by MusiQuE - Music Quality Enhancement, with Martin Prchal, MusiQuE President and Linda Messas, MusiQuE Director

16:50 - 17:25 Networking with Refreshments

17:30 - 18:40 Regional Meetings with Council Members

18:45 - 19:15 Wrap up of the day with Eline Accoe, Student Working Group and Henrik Sveidahl, SMS WG1 on Music in Society, moderated by Stefan Gies

with music introduction

Free Evening



Saturday 9 November

9:00 Optional Guided Tour of the Conservatoire and continuation of the registrations

10:00 – 11:00 Discussion groups on the following 3 topics – groups organized by mixing AEC regional groups
A, B, C - Autonomy: Teachers' Recruitment
D, E, F - Joint Programmes and Shared Modules
G, H, I- Policies and Measures to prevent and follow up misuse of power

11:00 – 11:30 Networking with Refreshments 

11:30  – 13:00 Information Forum 

Plenary presentations by AEC Member institutions and partners moderated by Deborah Kelleher, AEC Vice-President, followed by Q&A with the speakers in the form of “market place”

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch 

14:00 – 14:30 Registration for the AEC General Assembly 

14:30 – 16:30 AEC General Assembly 2019

15:00 – 16:30 Students Wrap up Meeting - Unions Building

16:30 – 17:00 Networking with Refreshment

17:00– 17:30 Closing Session 

19:00 – 20:00 Closing Concert 

20:00 Closing Dinner


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Information fee payment AEC Annual Congress 2019

Early Bird Deadline: 7 October 2019
Participation fees can be paid in the following ways:
-  Manual Payment by Bank Transfer before the event (preferable)
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Category If the registration AND payment is made before October 7th If the registration AND payment is made after October 7th
Representative of AEC member institution €300 (+ €100 if attending the MusiQuE pre-Congress workshop or + €30 if attending the workshop on student representation) €400 (+ €100 if attending a MusiQuE pre-Congress workshop  or + €30 if attending the workshop on student representation)
Representative of non-member institutions €500 €600
Student from an AEC member institution One student: FREE
Other students: €150

The participation fee includes:
Conference documents
Participation to all plenary and parallel session
Participation to the networking moments
Possibility to display information brochures posters and materials about AEC members institutions
Coffee Breaks
Two organized Dinners (Thursday 7 and Saturday 9)
Two organized Lunches (Friday 8 and Saturday 9)
Concerts organized by the hosting institution
Assistance by the AEC Office Staff

The participation fee will not be reimbursed for cancellations notified after October 7th.

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Power Relations Video

Power relations exist in most group environments: awareness of and transparency around such topic is most helpful to all involved. This is why at AEC we believe that discussing power relations in our member institutions enables us to turn the place we work and study into a space where everyone feels comfortable to express themselves creatively. With this video we wish to trigger a constructive debate.


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