CONFERENCE Free Music Encoding Course

CONFERENCE Free Music Encoding Course Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville, October 20
A free, three-day, MEI workshop will be offered Monday, October 2nd through Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 at the University of Virginia Library in Charlottesville, Virginia. Led by members of the Music Encoding Initiative Board and Technical Team, the workshop will consist of two parallel tracks – “Introduction to MEI” and “Advanced MEI”.

–“Introduction to MEI“ – Those new to MEI will learn how to use the Music Encoding Initiative for research, teaching, electronic publishing, and management of digital collections. Topics include –
o basic XML;
o MEI history and design principles;
o tools for creating and editing MEI data and metadata;
o MEI-based workflows; and o Verovio (
Each day will include lectures, hands-on encoding practice, and opportunities to address participant specific issues. Attendees are encouraged to bring example material they would like to encode. No previous experience with MEI or XML is required for this track, but an understanding of music notation and other markup schemes, such as TEI and HTML, will be helpful.
– “Advanced MEI” – This track is for software developers interested in creating software for authoring, editing, converting, querying, and rendering encoded music data. Topics to be covered include –
o the MEI specification and customizations;
o conversion between MEI and other formats;
o validation of MEI instances; and
o MEI-specific libraries, such as lib-mei and Verovio.
Proficiency in one or more programming languages as well as significant experience with music notation and XML development are required for participation in the advanced track.
Thanks to generous support of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, there is no cost for attending the workshop. However, each participant must bear his/her own travel, housing, and food costs..
To register, visit (for the introductory track) or (for the advanced track) before September 1, 2017.
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Music Encoding Conference (MEC) venues 2018 and 2019

The venues and dates of the two forthcoming Music Encoding Conferences (MEC) have been announced:

MEC2018: 21 May to 25 May 2018, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
MEC2019: 29 May to 1 June 2019, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Music Encoding Conference 2018

The Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library (MSPAL) and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) will host the Music Encoding Conference, May 21 – 25, 2018, at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, USA. The University of Maryland’s profile as a top-ranked public research institution, its vibrant music and performing arts culture, and its geographical proximity to Washington DC, make UMD an excellent venue for MEC.
Music Encoding Conference 2019

The Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Mozart Institute of the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg and the Department of Musicology at the University of Vienna will jointly sponsor the 2019 conference, which will be held at the University of Vienna, in Vienna, Austria, May 29 – June 1, 2019. As the “world capital of music”, a leading center of research, and a university city, Vienna is an ideal location for the conference.

Additional information about deadlines for submitting proposals, the organization of the conferences, etc. will be published early.

Everyone interested in music encoding and related fields of work is welcome!