Society for Ethnomusicology, Niagara Chapter

American Musicological Society, Allegheny Chapter


Joint Meeting Information

Friday and Saturday, March 30-31, 2007

Cogswell Hall, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Indiana, PA


Program Chairs: Judy Taylor (AMS-Allegheny) and Carl Rahkonen (SEM-Niagara)

Local Arrangements: Carl Rahkonen and Matt Baumer

For the second time, the Niagara and Allegheny chapters will meet together at IUP.  We have an exciting slate of papers representing a considerable diversity of approaches to studying music.  Joint sessions will be held Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, with separate sessions for SEM and AMS on Saturday afternoon.  Bruno Nettl will deliver the plenary address, “Return to the Heartlands,” on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.  See the detailed preliminary program.

There is no registration fee for the conference.


Several hotels of essentially the same quality are available in Indiana. Two are on the Oakland Rd. corridor (see below for directions) – the Comfort Inn (1350 Indian Springs Rd, 724-465-7000), where Dr. Nettl will be staying, has a special rate of $93.15 until March 23; ask for the “music conference” rate.  The Super 8 (111 Plaza Rd, 724-349-4600) offers a special rate of $72.99, also only until the 23rd.  Three more hotels are on Wayne Avenue – the Best Western University Inn (1545 Wayne Avenue, 724-349-9620), has an IUP rate of $65 for a single, $70 for a double and includes a hot breakfast bar.  Other options are the Holiday Inn (1395 Wayne Ave., 724-463-3561, $109), or the Scotts Motel (very spartan, $47.96 single, $58.80 double, 1411 Wayne Ave., 724-465-5571).


If you would like to join us for dinner with Bruno Nettl on Friday evening, we have reserved space at a local restaurant, Benjamin’s (458 Philadelphia St.). Entrées range from $10-25, and the restaurant has a full bar and wine list.


Lunch on Saturday: Attendees have the option of a deli sandwich buffet in the Oak Room of Foster Dining Hall, which is very convenient to Cogswell Hall.  The cost is $7.50, payable at the conference.


Since we need a count for both the restaurant and the lunch, if you would like to join us for either event, please email Matt Baumer ( by Friday, March 23.


Friday Evening Concert

The Indiana Brass Band will perform in Gorell Hall at 8:00 p.m. on Friday. One of Indiana’s musical treasures, the Indiana Brass Band performs in period dress on restored instruments from the 1830s-50s, including Kent bugles, quinticlavs, ophicleides, cornopeans, trombones, natural and piston horns, and percussion.  The band will also perform on saxhorns from the 1860s. There is no admission charge for the concert.


Driving Directions  (IUP Campus Map)



The main roads into Indiana are Rt. 422 (E-W), Rt. 119 (N-S, connects with Rt. 22 to Pittsburgh and points W or SW) and Rt. 286 (back road to Pittsburgh). If you’re staying at the Holiday Inn, Best Western, or Scotts Motel, take the Wayne Ave. exit from 119; the hotels are all on the right.  To reach campus, turn right from the hotel and continue into town to Rose St.  Turn left and go up and around the hill past an IUP archway to Oakland Ave (Rt. 286).  Turn right and follow Oakland until you see another IUP arch at the bottom of the hill. Proceed through that intersection and take the next right (a 45-degree turn) on Grant St. The parking garage is on the left (see “parking” below).  Otherwise, continue to the top of the hill and turn left on 11th St.; Cogswell is the second building on the left.  DiCicco Rehearsal Hall (room 121) occupies the front right corner as you face the the building from 11th St.  If you are staying at the Comfort Inn or Super 8, take the Oakland Ave. exit from Rt. 422.  For the Super 8, turn left at the next light (the Wal-Mart plaza).  Otherwise, continue into town; the Comfort Inn is on the right behind the Eat & Park at the next major intersection.  Follow the above directions from Oakland Ave.



Because of construction at IUP parking is tight on Friday afternoons.  For those staying at the hotels, we have arranged a shuttle van to take you to Cogswell on Friday only.  You can leave your car at the hotel and the van will pick you up between 1:15 and 1:45 on Friday, transport you to dinner at Benjamin’s, and return you to the hotel after the concert (or before as needed).  Please send an email to if you would like to use this service or use the enclosed reply form. 


If you wish to park at IUP, use the garage on Grant St., halfway up the hill. After you park, remember your space number and proceed to the third level. Be aware that spaces beyond a certain point in the deck are reserved 24/7. There is a small charge for parking on Friday until 5:00 p.m.; pay the machine on the third level of the garage for the hours remaining until 5.  Parking is free after 5 and on Saturday.  Go across the pedestrian bridge and around to the front of Cogswell on the left.  If the garage is full, proceed up the hill, left on 11th, then right into the parking lot; if that’s full keep going on South Drive around and down the hill to Pratt Dr.  There are metered spaces along Pratt, or go left on Pratt, around the corner, and left into the HUB parking lot (see campus map).


We look forward to seeing you at the conference!


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