The 17th Mountain Lake Colloquium

May 21-24, 2023

Mountain Lake Hotel & Lodge - Pembroke, VA

Renewing Community and Revising Practice


The organizing committee of the 17th Mountain Lake Colloquium to be held May 21–24, 2023, at the Mountain Lake Hotel and Lodge in Pembroke, Virginia, invites presentations and conversations on the theme of Renewing Community and Revising Practice.


The convergence of a global pandemic, deepening political polarization, and mass organized protests demanding social justice and systemic change has impacted many aspects of our society. Tumultuous times like these cause us to rethink almost everything about our discipline—how we teach our students, run our professional conferences, publish and make our research engaging for a broader public, serve our colleagues and communities, and influence policymakers and stakeholders. The 2023 symposium is our first opportunity to regather in person to share experiences, ideas, and hopes for the future.


The theme for this symposium is renewing community and revising practices within the field of general music teacher education. The symposium is a platform for reconnecting, revising, and rethinking in the post-pandemic era. 


Renewing community requires an exploration of the roles that environments and social bonds play in shaping hopes and opportunities to benefit all. This symposium will explore change and evolving practices as we rebuild community in ways that widen opportunities, contribute broadly to music education, and improve the quality of people's lives through general music education.  Although we continue to face profound social challenges, we also have unprecedented opportunities to reimagine a more robust and resilient field of general music methods. 

This includes reframing the identities of our students and ourselves and thinking about who and what practices are supported and uplifted through our teaching, research, and service. Trends indicate an emergent diverse demographic of students who expect solutions to pressing societal issues related to equity, inclusion, and social justice and who will question how the teaching of general music can help foster growth in these areas. 


We welcome papers on any topics related to renewing community and revising practice. Potential topic areas might include, but are not limited to: (1) bonds among people and environments; (2) the development of critical visions; (3) renewal, restoration, and mental health; (4) intersectionality and connectedness; (5) inclusive communities or practices; and (6) evolving workplaces, schools, or classrooms.


The Mountain Lake Colloquium community seeks both traditional and imaginative presentational formats. A description of the types of format utilized at the colloquium appears below. Please indicate in your proposal the type(s) of format that would best suit your proposal. Collaborative submissions are strongly encouraged. Questions regarding the submission process can be directed to Brent Gault ( or Ann Clements (


Session Formats:

Plenary/Simultaneous Sessions: These are presentations given to either the entire colloquium or in several different locations at the same time. The majority of presentations at Mountain Lake fall in this category and presenters in these sessions will have approximately 25–30 minutes to present. 

Active Music-Making/Interactive Technology Session: These 50-minute sessions are all about making music or demonstrating technology or specific techniques that would work effectively in general music or music teacher education settings. 

Research Gallery/Flash Session: Presenters will share their work related to current research studies related to general music and/or music teacher education through short flash presentations.

Roundtable Discussion: Presenter-led breakout room conversations about topics of interest to general music teaching and learning. 

The call for proposals is now closed. If you submitted a proposal, please stay tuned for more information.