42nd Annual Conference
9-13 March 2016
Welcome to Boston!
The last time SAM conference-goers heard those words was in 1984 when SAM celebrated its 10th conference. We’re delighted to welcome SAM back, although technically we’ll be welcoming you to Cambridge (only a stone’s throw from Boston if you’ve got a good arm). We have two conference hosts this year: Northeastern University and Babson College. We are extremely grateful for their support. Our conference hotel is the recently remodeled Hyatt Regency. Located right on the Charles River across from Boston University, it boasts stellar views of the city, fantastic food, and ballrooms with character. Read more...
Conference FAQ and Tips for First-Time Attendees
Hotel Information and Reservations
Hyatt Regency Cambridge
575 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139
The Hyatt Regency Cambridge is currently SOLD OUT of rooms at the conference rate of $149 per night for the conference dates of March 9-13. They may still have some availability of that rate on individual nights, but not all.
We are suggesting the following nearby hotels as alternates (listed according to proximity to the Hyatt):
The Residence Inn is offering our attendees a reduced rate of $199 per night:
Residence Inn (Make reserveration)
Cambridge, MA 02142
Conference Schedule and Program
Download conference schedule and program (last updated: 2/18/16)
Access the Seminar papers (restricted to conference attendees)
Online and mail registration is closed. Please register for the conference on-site.
SAM gratefully acknowledges M. Steinert & Sons for donating two Steinway grand pianos for use during the conference. For more information, please visit www.msteinert.com.
- Sacred Harp Sing
- Museum of Fine Arts
- Tour of Harvard's Widener and Houghton Libraries
- Way Down East Screening
- Honorary Member
- Thursday Evening:
Pub Sing with George Emlen, music director of the Boston Revels
Revels was founded in Cambridge in 1971, just a few years before SAM's first conference; since then it has spread to nine additional cities across the country. It stages seasonal celebrations that combine music, storytelling, dance, and costume from a variety of cultural traditions; tours of the Boston Harbor featuring sea shanties; and pub sings. So join us in the Aquarium Room off the bar in the Hyatt and order some bar food, a beer (or stronger spirits) and raise your glass and voice in song.
- Friday Evening:
Concert in Honor of Vivian Perlis
The Florestan Recital Project, featuring artistic co-founder and pianist Alison D'Amato and acclaimed soprano Tony Arnold, will honor the work of Vivian Perlis with songs by some of her earliest interviewees, Charles Ives and Virgil Thomson. The rest of the recital will explore the wealth of styles that shape American song repertoire, featuring composers in the Oral History of American Music archives, as well as new voices that are expanding the canon.
2016 Program Committee
- Lydia Hamessley (Hamilton College), chair
- Dale Chapman (Bates College)
- James Deaville (Carleton University)
- Stephanie Jensen-Moulton (Brooklyn College)
- Nancy Newman (SUNY-Albany)
- Steve Swayne (Dartmouth College)
Conference Local Arrangements Committee
Sandra Graham (Babson College), chair