HAYDN: Online Journal of the Haydn Society of North America

Aims & Scope

HAYDN: Online Journal of the Haydn Society of North America presents the latest scholarly research by Haydn scholars, for Haydn scholars, while at the same time is intended to have a broad appeal and readership. Our published items—all peer reviewed to ensure consistently high quality and accuracy—serve a number of purposes and audiences, with special attention given to materials that encourage young scholars, inform performers of all levels, and offer ideas and tools to teachers of music and the arts and humanities more broadly.

We publish the following categories of materials:

  • Articles: The latest research covering a wide range of topics related to Haydn, and written for different levels of intellectual engagement. Articles are typically 4,000-10,000 words, are peer reviewed, and contain revealing and helpful color images, tables, graphs, and links to audio and video performances. While articles tend to focus on information and scholarship of a specialist level, we also publish and encourage submission of brief essays of a more general-audience nature, with inter-disciplinary and broader appeal.
  • Approaches to Performance: Discussions of various approaches to performing the music of Haydn and his contemporaries. Approaches to Performance submissions are generally up to 6,000 words, with accompanying links to visual and audio
  • Pedagogical Perspectives: Bold and innovative uses of Haydn’s music in the classroom and studio. Pedagogical Perspectives submissions are generally up to 6,000 words, with accompanying links to visual and audio examples that demonstrate teaching methods, student responses, and other pedagogical interactivity.
  • Works in Progress: We encourage those who have made substantial progress on large research projects and are seeking discussion and advice on directions to continue or complete the projects to submit short articles (3,000-6,000 words) for publication. Articles should demonstrate a thorough investigation of the topic at hand to the point at which advice is sought, and pose specific questions for discussion and further investigation. A link will be provided to the author's email address in order to facilitate direct contact from others.
  • Rediscovered and Important Documents: In an effort to encourage research in Haydn studies, and in the music of the 18th century, we welcome submissions from librarians and special collection curators regarding newly-discovered, neglected, and important documents and other apropos artifacts. Such submissions should include high-resolution images of the documents/artifacts accompanied by a brief essay (ca. 2,500 words) regarding the significance of the item(s), and information regarding the collection and its accessibility.
  • Reviews: Thoughts on recent books, audio and video recordings, and performances of up to 3,000 words. Many of our reviews offer information and questions that lead to topics of scholarly inquiry, and suggestions for teaching use.
  • Research Tools: Outlines, biographies, timelines, and bibliographies related to Haydn and his music. Currently these tools include a year-by-year biographical sketch of Joseph Haydn, and an annotated bibliography of sources related to Haydn’s oratorio The Creation. We encourage the submission of similar types of encyclopedic tools to aid Haydn research at all levels of learning and enjoyment.