The International Musicological Society (IMS) was born on the centenary of Beethoven’s death: 1927. At that time, the idea of music as a universal language was still at its height, modeled on Beethoven’s legacy. Today, “The purpose of IMS is to further musicological research in its broadest sense among all peoples and nations”; or to put it in more modern terms, “the advancement of musicological research on the basis of international cooperation.” The IMS supports a large number of study groups that connect scholars from across the world to explore a particular topic. These groups meet at least once every two years and form essential hubs for the dissemination of the latest research, generation of new ideas, and collaboration across continents. Building upon the research of many scholars, they enable the society to reach new heights.
The mission of the IMS Regional Association for the Study of Music of the Balkans (RASMB) is to disseminate musicological research from the Balkans, through international conferences and corresponding publications, which aim at covering various aspects of music culture in the Balkans, and, thereby, at boosting interdisciplinary and intercultural considerations of the theoretical issues arising from both the similarities and differences among the complex and inspiring Balkan musical and musicological milieux. The regional association was founded by Tilman Seebass and Sokol Shupo at an international conference in Durrës, Albania, September 29 to October 1, 2006.
The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki was founded in 1925. It is the largest university in Greece, with approximately 75.000 students. The main campus is located in the centre of the city of Thessaloniki, but some educational and administrative facilities are located outside the city for practical and operational reasons. The University today comprises 10 faculties with 40 schools and 1 single-School Faculty and offers choices for undergraduate and postgraduate programs for many different fields.
The School of Music Studies was founded in 1984 and constitutes the first university department of music studies to operate in Greece, and the first institution of accredited, tertiary music studies in the history of modern Greece. In the 33 years since its establishment as the first University-level department for Music Studies in Greece, the School of Music Studies has developed into a multi-faceted centre for educational, research and creative initiatives in the field of music introducing innovative methodologies in educational experience, and preparing highly skilled young educators, composers, researchers and music professionals.
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The Hellenic Musicological Society has been founded in 2012 and constitutes a scientific association that represents all the musicologists in Greece. The founding members of the Society are staff members of the Departments of Music Studies from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, from the Ionian University of Corfu, as well as from the Department of Music Science and Art of the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki. The Society aims, amongst others, for the progress and the furthering of Musicology and the development of its branches and for the professional recognition of the musicologist, the strengthening of this occupation and the protection of the professional interests of musicologists.