Annual conferences at Michaelstein maintain the discourse in the fields of performance practice, musicology and musical instrument making.

Academic working conferences provide a podium for the entire field of historically informed performance: the examination of aspects within the music, knowledge about external circumstances and the interdisciplinary environment.

Symposia on historical musical instrument making focus on how individual families of instruments developed over the centuries. Specialist discussion among musicologists, museologists, performers, instrument makers and restorers revolves around various features of the original instruments and the development of sophisticated replicas for use in music today.

In the conferences, musicology and organology come up against actual musical practice, e.g. with examples of music being played during lectures, or concerts related to academic presentations.

The conference outcomes are documented in a series of Michaelstein conference reports.