The Baltic Psaltery Symposia

The 7th International Baltic Psaltery Symposium will be held in Viljandi & Riidaja in southern Estonia on March 22-24, 2013 (Friday-Sunday).

Please distribute the following announcement about the conference to any scholars, musicians, instrument makers, and other enthusiasts (of the Finnish kantele, Estonian kannel, Latvian kokle, Lithuanian kankles, and Russian gusli) who might be interested in this conference.  Contact information about possible participants who are not in the list of recipients of this message would be welcome.

As at previous symposia, the focus will be on the archaic or smaller versions of these instruments.  Papers dealing with larger zither-like instruments will be considered, especially if there is some connection to the playing styles, construction techniques, decorative features, repertoire, lore, etc. of the older type.

On Friday, there will be a concert by Estonian kannel players at the Traditional Folk Music Center in Viljandi and possibly a visit to the Estonian National Museum in Tartu to see old instruments.  Saturday will be the main day for presentations.  Sunday’s events will include a workshop on instrument making, as well as additional performances.  To facilitate travel, nothing is planned for Friday morning or Sunday evening.

Possible topics for presentation and equipment needs should be submitted by February 15.  The length of presentations will be determined after the list of participants is set.  Projection equipment for use with a laptop computer will be available.

Lodging at a reasonable price is available for Friday and Saturday night at the Bagpipe Farm in Riidaja, operated by bagpipe maker Ants Taul and his family.  See the Web site at for a description of the facilities and pricing information.

Send proposals for presentations, pleas for help with making local arrangements (for transportation, lodging, sightseeing), and requests for a formal letter of invitation (to facilitate applications for travel funds from your home institution) to Ain Haas <> .  (I am currently in the United States, but plan to arrive in Estonia by March 10.)

Suggestions for the planning of the event, rewording of the announcement, publicity, publication of proceedings, etc. are welcome.

Researchers and performers interested in Baltic psalteries have met in international meetings five times:  Tampere, Finland (1990), Vilnius, Lithuania (1994), Kaustinen, Finland (1997), Riga, Latvia (2000) and Toronto, Canada (2004), and on November 3-4, 2008, Kaustinen, Finland.
Here is a group photograph from the 2004 meeting.

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