Westminster Choir College of Rider University
January 30 – February 1, 2015
“The Past, Present and Future of Public Musicology” conference is designed to further research on how music scholars, performers, educators, journalists and industry professionals can engage the public. Speakers include prominent musicologists, ethnomusicologists, museum professionals who work inside and outside academia. Their presentations, lecture-recitals and workshops examine innovative concert programming, collaborations with civic organizations, music in museums, career paths for musicologists outside academia, musical tourism, innovative strategies in music education, and the use of music for social services and disaster recovery.
Delivering the keynote address is Susan Key, Executive Director of the Star-Spangled Music Foundation, an association that was created to celebrate the 200th birthday of the U.S. national anthem. Its educational, performance and archival activities have been featured by the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, PBS, C-Span, the Smithsonian, Slate.com, The Choral Journal, and many other media outlets. Previously, Ms. Key was Special Projects Director at the San Francisco Symphony, where she worked on a variety of public and media-based initiatives, including Keeping Score and the American Mavericks festivals. She has additionally developed educational programs for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Ms. Key earned a Ph.D. in musicology at the University of Maryland and taught at the College of William and Mary and Stanford University.
Registration for the conference has closed.
Transportation and Hotel Information
Westminster Choir College of Rider University is located at 101 Walnut Lane, just blocks from downtown Princeton, NJ. It is about one hour by car from both Newark Liberty International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport. For those looking to use public transportation from an airport, Newark is more convenient, as you can take the AirTrain to the New Jersey Transit train station. For car directions, please visit: http://www.rider.edu/wcc/about-us/contact-us/directions.
The conference hotel is the Chauncey Conference Center. The conference rate is $149/night (single- or double-occupancy). This includes a hot buffet breakfast each morning, and shuttles to/from Westminster Choir College of Rider University each day. For those coming by plane or train, the conference center will offer pickups/dropoffs to the Princeton or the Princeton Junction train station for $5 each way. For bookings, call Karen at 609-279-6430.