Achieving Togetherness in Ensemble Performance Symposium (ATEP)

6–8 July 2022
mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Vienna (Austria)


Togetherness emerges when people play music together in professional, casual, educational, and therapeutic settings, and it makes group music-making a socially as well as aesthetically rewarding activity. Highly-trained ensemble musicians strive to achieve multidimensional levels of togetherness, including coherence in timing, expressive parameters, and/or body gestures. In addition, many performers often experience moments of heightened togetherness, and report feelings of being in cognitive synchrony with their co-performer(s).

This symposium centers on how togetherness is achieved and emerges between members of a performing ensemble, and it is perceived by audiences and performers. By bringing together academics, music performers, and teachers from related fields, ATEP aims to offer an interdisciplinary perspective on togetherness in ensemble performance. Disciplines may include music performance, music technology, music education, psychology, sociology, ethnomusicology, audio engineering, acoustics, and computer science, among others.


We welcome submissions relevant to ensemble performance, including but not limited to the following research areas:

  • Ensemble performance and perception
  • Interpersonal dynamics
  • Bodily interactions
  • Performer–audience interactions
  • Teacher–student interactions
  • Timing synchronization
  • (Non)-verbal communications
  • Methodologies for studies of ensemble playing

Save the Dates

  • 1 October 2021: Submission of abstract opens
  • 20 February 2022: Deadline for abstract submissions
  • 28 March 2022: Notification on submissions
  • 28 March 2022: Registration opens
  • 6–8 July 2022: ATEP Symposium

Contribution format

We welcome submissions for spoken presentations, poster sessions, workshops and practical and performance demonstrations. Presentation and attendance should be in person depending on health and safety regulations, but virtual participation will be possible in all instances.

Call for contribution

Structured abstracts of max 500 words are requested with including:

  • Background, Aims, Methods, Results, Conclusion and Implications
  • Proposal format (spoken presentation, poster, workshop, demonstration)
  • Proposal title, authors’ name and affiliation, and contact email of the presenter

Abstracts should be submitted via the conference EasyChair website here.

Organizing committee

Laura Bishop; Sara D’Amario; Anna Maria Niemand; Werner Goebl.