Williamsburg, VA Conference / May 2013

The Roots of American Musical Life
2013 Joint Conference

Colonial Williamsburg Musicians

The 2013 joint meeting of the American Musical Instrument Society (AMIS) and the Historical Keyboard Society of North America (HKSoNA) will convene in Williamsburg, Virginia, for “The Roots of American Musical Life” conference from May 30 to June 2, 2013. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is host for a program of concerts, recitals, papers, meals, and museums. The opening concert will be held at the historic Governor’s Palace with period instruments and costume.

Step into an eighteenth-century landscape including restored colonial architecture, historic trades, period costume, and many other extensively researched aspects of life and culture in colonial Virginia. See and hear period instruments in period spaces. Look behind the scenes at study collections of instruments and other historic objects, conservation laboratories, library collections, and other research facilities. Colonial Williamsburg is the world’s largest living history museum - the restored 18th-century capital of Britain’s largest, wealthiest, and most populous outpost in the New World.

The Palace Ballroom

The featured exhibit, “Changing Keys: Keyboard Instruments for America 1770-1830,” elegantly presents 27 examples from the collection, most exhibited for the first time.

The HKSNA Program Committee (Chaired by Angeline Case-Stott) welcomes proposals for papers, lecture-recitals, and mini-recitals related to the primary theme, as well as proposals outside or peripheral to the theme, including contemporary repertoire and issues for historic keyboard instruments. Full details of the call for proposals can be found on page 4 in this newsletter. The call for papers by AMIS can be found at http://www.amis.org/meetings/2013/index.php.


For information contact:

John R. Watson
Conservator of Instruments and Mechanical Arts and Assoc. Curator of Musical Instruments
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
P.O. Box 1776
Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776

Email: JWatson@cwf.org