The International Musicological Society was founded in 1927 and has held congresses with general assemblies every 5 years, as well as annual conferences around the world.

The University of Stavanger/Faculty of Performing Arts hosted the conference ‘Music as Art, Artefact, and Fact’ in 2016. This summer, the IMS board decided that the 2027 Congress would be held in Stavanger after an international bidding process.

I am delighted to announce that the IMS Directorium has selected Stavanger, Norway, as the location for our 22nd Quinquennial Congress. IMS2027 will be a very special meeting, marking our centennial, IMS@100. Stavanger offers a breathtaking setting for that celebration, with a charming city center a quick walk from the congress venue and spectacular views of the harbor and nearby fjords from Bjergsted Culture Park. Surrounded by nature and Scandinavian design and inspired by the local commitment to sustainability at our first carbon-neutral congress facility, 2027 promises to be a joyful occasion to imagine new futures together.

Kate van orden
Kate Van Orden, President, International Musicological Society.

Local Collaboration

The bid to host the congress has been a collaboration between the University of Stavanger, Stavanger Concert Hall, and Region Stavanger Convention Bureau. A strong bid, led by project manager Per Dahl, ensured that Stavanger was considered the best among the seven bids from Europe and Asia, and that too from cities with larger music institutions than Stavanger.

IMS2027 will attract approximately 1000 music researchers from around the world and will take place in the summer (August) in Bjergsted Culture Park. The main venues will be UiS/Faculty of Performing Arts and Stavanger Concert Hall. Since the Faculty of Performing Arts educates musicians at the bachelor, master’s, and doctoral levels, artistic research will have a central place in the conference schedule.

Having the world elite of music research gathered in Stavanger will undoubtedly contribute to strengthening our position as a region for music, research, and culture.


In the decision at the IMS secretariat, several factors were considered, and the 4 most important factors for choosing Stavanger were:

  1. Focus on sustainability.
  2. Opportunities in Bjergsted Culture Park.
  3. Gender balance in the application committee (6 women and 6 men).
  4. Possibility of a hybrid solution.

This is a good example of an international event that will greatly contribute to making the Stavanger region more known and attractive as a congress destination.


The International Musicological Society aims to strengthen musicological research in the broadest sense based on international cooperation. Organizing world congresses is thus very important.

For inquiries related to the congress, please contact Per Dahl:

+47 90951436