International Conference on Colonial Music: Music and Arts of Colonial New Spain

Miami, FL

March 5 – 7, 2020

with FIU’s Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center and School of Music

Call for Papers

Ignacio Jerusalem, Chapelmaster of the Mexico City Cathedral: Music and Art in New Spain during the Eighteenth Century

Presented by the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center and School of Music at Florida International University

The conference will include musical performances by the FIU School of Music Choirs and Collegium Musicum and will conclude with a performance by the Chicago Arts Orchestra. All concerts will present music from Mexico City and New Spain, with a particular interest in the musical life of New Spanish cathedrals. The Chicago Arts Orchestra will present a concert of works by Ignacio Jerusalem, culminating in a performance of his Mass in G “de los Niños.”

Call for Papers in Spanish and English text.

Conference Topic

Ignacio Jerusalem (1707–1769) was born in Naples, worked in Spain and later New Spain (Mexico City) in the second half of the eighteenth century. He eventually held the post of Chapelmaster of the Mexico City Cathedral (1750–1769). This conference commemorates the 250th anniversary of the death of Jerusalem. Jerusalem was a prolific composer whose compositions were well distributed in New Spain during his lifetime and immediately after. To this day his works can be found in archives as far north as California and as far south as Guatemala. Jerusalem’s compositions exemplify the transition from the baroque to the galant style. We invite papers of original research on Jerusalem’s life, his music, and the artistic life of the Mexico City Cathedral in the second half of the eighteenth century. The conference is multidisciplinary and welcomes papers on recent and original research on topics of music, visual art, and architecture in New Spain during Jerusalem’s lifetime. We also invite papers discussing the intersection of the arts or papers that provide larger artistic and/or historical context of the era. Other topics of interest include sacred music in other cathedrals of New Spain during the eighteenth century; new research on Jerusalem’s contemporaries in New Spain including, but not limited to, chapelmasters Santiago Billoni, Esteban Salas, Rafael Antonio Castellanos, Manuel José Quiróz, and Antonio Juanas.

Submission Deadlines and Information

Deadline for submission is December 1, 2019.

Presentations can be in the form of twenty-minute papers or forty-minute lecture recitals. Proposals for panel discussions, workshops, and roundtable sessions will also be considered.

Proposals for paper presentations in the form of abstracts of no more than 350 words should be submitted in English or Spanish, both the official languages of the conference. Abstracts should state a clear title and any new, or original research included and the significance of the work. Proposals for lecture-recitals should include the content of the recital and lecture, sample recordings, and short biographies of the performers. Proposals for workshops, panel discussions, and roundtable sessions should also be 350 words in length and discuss the objective, content, and format of the session.

All proposals should be sent to Professor David Dolata at as attachments in the form of PDFs. Header should be formatted as “NAME FIU/Ignacio Jerusalem Proposal.” The proposals should be sent in two formats, one with only the title and abstract, and another with the author’s name, institutional affiliation (if any), email, telephone number, and mailing address.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Drew Davies (Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University)

Dr. Lucero Enríquez Rubio (Musicat, National Autonomous University of Mexico [UNAM])

Dr. Suzanne Stratton-Pruitt (Thoma Foundation)

Selection Committee

Dr. David Dolata (Florida International University School of Music)

Dr. Lucero Enríquez Rubio (Musicat, National Autonomous University of Mexico [UNAM])

Dr. Miriam Escudero (Colegio Universitario San Gerónimo de La Habana [Universidad de La Habana])

Dr. Joel Galand (Florida International University School of Music)

Artistic Committee

Professor Juvenal Correa-Salas (Florida International University School of Music)

Professor Maria Guinand (Florida International University School of Music)

Dr. Drew Davies (Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University)

Dr. Javier José Mendoza (Florida International University School of Music)