Call for Proposals



The 7th annual meeting of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America (HKSNA) will be held from Wednesday, May 9 to Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.


The meeting’s theme, “Professionals and Amateurs: The Spirit of Kenner und Liebhaber in Keyboard Composition, Performance and Instrument Building,” hopes to inspire exploration of an idea that has been important in the rebirth of historical performance and instrumental design and construction. Selected instruments from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, the Stearns Collection, and private collections will be featured in this meeting.


Three and a half days of morning and afternoon events (Wednesday afternoon to Saturday) will include papers, lecture-recitals, mini-recitals, and an exhibition of publications, recordings, and the work of contemporary instrument makers. A highlight of this meeting will be a retrospective concert featuring selections from award-winning compositions from the past nine Aliénor International Harpsichord Composition Competitions over the past thirty-five years. Proposals for individual presentations or for themed sessions with multiple participants on any subject relating to historical keyboard instruments, their use and repertories from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century, are welcome.





Please submit proposals by electronic means only, via email to by November 20, 2017. Individual presentations will be limited to 25 minutes. For papers and themed sessions, submit an abstract of no more than 300 words attached to the e-mail address as a Microsoft Word document. For mini-recitals and lecture-recitals, submit complete program information and a representative recording as an internet link or as an attached MP3 file. Please see the list below of available instruments. Performers are welcome to bring instruments or make arrangements with builders. All proposals must include short biographical statements (no more than 250 words) for all presenters and indicate any audio-visual/media needs.


Notification of accepted proposals will be made by December 20, 2017. Presenters must be members of HKSNA and must register for the conference. Presenters must also cover their own travel and other expenses. Further information, as it becomes available, will be posted on the website of HKSNA (




Joseph Gascho, chair; University of Michigan

Matthew Bengtson, University of Michigan

Carol lei Breckenridge, Central College (emerita)

David Kelzenberg, Vice President of HKSNA

Sonia Lee, President of HKSNA

Kola Owolabi, University of Michigan





William Dowd , Franco-Flemish Dbl. Manual                       (FF-f”’; 2×8′, 1×4′; 392/415/440)

Thomas and Barbara Wolf, Italian Single Manual                  (C-d”’; 2×8′; 415/440)

Keith Hill and Philip Tyre, German Double Manual                        (FF-g”’; 2×8′, 1×4′ (dogleg); 415/440)

Keith Hill and Philip Tyre, German Single Manual              (GG-d”’; 2×8′; 415/440)

William Hyman, French Double Manual                               (FF-f”’; 2×8′, 1×4′; 415/440)

Martin Skowroneck, German Single Manual                         (GG-d”’; 2×8′; 415/440)




David Sutherland, after 1730’s Cristofori-Ferrini, GG-e”’ (415)

Paul McNulty, after Walter, FF-g”’ (440)

Gerard Tuinman, after Walter, FF-f”’ (430)

Thomas and Barbara Wolf, after 1789 Dulcken, FF-g”’ (430)



C.B. Fisk, Op. 87 after Silbermann. 2 manuals, 27 stops, 35 ranks (1/5 comma meantone, 440)

Karl Wilhelm, Op. 97. Three manuals, 39 stops, 54 ranks (440)

Orgues Létourneau, Op. 27, 2 manuals, 12 ranks (440)

Henk Klop; Continuo Organ (392/415/440)


Edward Kottick and Michael Herrick, Zuckerman Hubert 1784, double fretted, C-f”’ (415)



The Charles Baird Carillon, 1963; John Taylor & Co. Bellfoundry (53 bells)

The Robert and Ann Lurie Carillon, 1996; Royal Eijsbouts Bell Foundry (60 bells)