On September 30 – October 2, 2022 in Central Missouri, we will honor the life and work of ragtime composer John William “Blind”Boone.

This symposium is in collaboration with the J.W. “Blind” Boone Heritage Foundation, Boone County History and Culture Center, Lincoln University, University of Central Missouri and the University of Missouri’s Budds Center for American Music Studies.

Call for Papers: The Program Committee invites proposals for individual papers (20 minutes + 10-minute discussion); organized sessions of 3-4 papers on a single topic; or roundtable discussions in the fields of musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, disabilities studies, critical race theory, gender, history, sociology, and/or related fields. Proposals should fall under the general topic centering John Boone and/or ragtime. Interdisciplinary approaches are also welcomed.

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and submissions should include a title and AV needs. Sessions and round tables should include an abstract for each panelist as well as one for the session as a whole.

Call for performers: Lecture-recitals (30 minutes + 10-minute discussion) or recital performances (20 minutes + 10-minute discussion) of music composed by J.W. Boone or related ragtime composers. Complete proposals will include full program information with title, composer, composer dates, durations of all works, and performers; program notes of no more than 200 words describing the full program; any A/V or instrument needs; and a bio of each performer or performing group of no more than 300 words. Whenever possible, proposals should include a video or audio performance of the soloist/group submitted through public or unlisted YouTube link; this performance does not need to be from the past year or the same works you are submitting.

Applicants will receive an invitation to present by July 15, 2022. Invitees understand their participation at the virtual or in-person symposium is at their own expense.

For more information and to submit proposals for papers and performances, send an email to with the subject “2022 Boone Proposal” by April 15, 2022.



Banner image compilation courtesy of open source locations for copyrighted images before 1927.

*Banner Image Left: (sheet music) and left (Blind Boone name in frame)
Boone, Blind. TheSpring. Ditson, Oliver & Co., Boston, monographic, 1885. Notated Music. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

+Banner image Right:
Eugenia and John William “Blind” Boone. Circa 1903 [SHS 001576] State Historical Society of Missouri.

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