The 4th Symposium for LGBTQ Studies and Music Education

Location: University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Dates: TBD Summer, 2021

QMUE 4 Symposium Postponed to 2021

The Planning Committee has made the difficult decision to postpone the 4th National Symposium on LGBTQ Studies and Music Education. The joint conference with the May Day Group was scheduled to take place at the University of Oregon from June 30-July 2, 2020. We considered the many impacts that the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has had on professional music and research organizations’ summer programs, including health/safety concerns and financial challenges for students, staff, and faculty.


The Committee is working with the University of Oregon to reschedule the QMUE Symposium, which will still be held in Eugene sometime during the summer of 2021. In addition, we are working on plans to host a virtual LGBTQ Studies and Music Education Scholar’s Forum this summer. We will provide additional details on the 2020 Forum and the rescheduled 2021 Symposium as soon as possible.

Registration Information

Individuals who already registered for the 2020 Symposium will receive full registration refunds, upon request. Pre-registered individuals may also choose to reserve their spot for next summer’s event by “banking” their existing registration and effectively avoiding the possibility of any rate changes. We will contact paid registrants directly to confirm your plans.

Thank you for your continuing support of LGBTQ Studies and Music Education. The Planning Committee hopes to provide additional information in early May.


  • Proposal notifications were released February 10, 2020


In 2010, 2012, and 2016, LGBTQ Studies and Music Education Symposia I, II, & III brought together students, teachers, college faculty, and researchers to discuss relevant research, theory, and practice from an LGBTQ perspective (see papers from 2010, 2012 and 2016).

The purpose of these ongoing symposia is to encourage, promote, and disseminate discourse regarding the intersections of LGBTQ topics and music education. In this fourth symposium, we seek to further explore how LGBTQ interests operate within music education in terms of research, curriculum, teacher preparation, and the musical lives and careers of LGBTQ music students and teachers.

The symposium will be held in conjunction with the MayDay Group’s 32nd Colloquium, which will focus around equitable, diverse, and inclusive music learning practices. We hope by bringing these two communities together that our work around justice and equity can have further reach and scope.