40th Annual Conference

5-9 March 2014
Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Conference Host: Elizabethtown College

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Silent Auction + Brass Band + Shape-Note Sing

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It is my privilege to invite you to the fortieth annual conference of the Society for American Music, hosted by Elizabethtown College in Lancaster, PA on 5–9 March 2014.

One of the oldest inland cities in North America, Lancaster was settled in 1709 by German immigrants known as "Pennsylvania Dutch" [Deutsch]. The city is named after Lancaster, England, and welcomed a diverse group of settlers in search of the independence and religious freedom promised by William Penn. The city served as the national capital for one day on 27 September 1777 and as capital of Pennsylvania from 1799 to 1812. Lancaster was home to James Buchanan and Thaddeus Stevens during the Civil War era. Today, Lancaster is a thriving city of 60,000 surrounded by the rich farmland of Lancaster County. Attendees will see architectural styles from the Colonial Era to the present and will find a variety of restaurants and galleries, along with the country's oldest continuously operating farmer's market just steps from the convention center.

The program committee, led by Chris Wilkinson, has selected a rich variety of papers, poster sessions, and lecturerecitals on topics ranging from eighteenth-century sacred music to twenty-first century hip-hop. Dr. Jeff Bach of Elizabethtown College's Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies will deliver a plenary talk on Thursday afternoon introducing the unique history of southeastern Pennsylvania and its musical traditions. A highlight of the conference will be the Friday afternoon induction of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich as honorary member. The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer will be present to hear performances of her chamber works and a talk by Denise Von Glahn. The Saturday evening banquet will include a toast of Benjamin Franklin's famous "shrub" in honor of the society's fortieth conference; Grammy-winning guitarist David Cullen will provide entertainment.

On Thursday evening, attendees will have a rare opportunity to hear authentic performances of music by seven distinct Anabaptist groups, including Old Order Amish and Old Order River Brethren. Buses will depart the Vine Street exit of the Convention Center at 6:00 p.m. Photography and recording are strictly prohibited.

Friday afternoon excursions will offer close-up views of three important historical facets of the region. Lititz was one of three main settlements of Moravian Brethren in the eighteenth century, and was voted "America's Coolest Small Town" in 2013. Dr. Jeffrey Gemmell, director of music ministries at the Lititz Moravian Church, will introduce the music of Johannes Herbst, demonstrate the church's two Tannenberg organs, and lead a tour of eighteenth-century sites. Ephrata Cloister was founded in 1732 by German immigrants seeking separation and religious freedom, and was the source of the earliest book of original printed music in North America. Guests will tour the eighteenth-century complex and hear the music of Conrad Beissel in the hall for which it was written. The third excursion will explore Lancaster's nineteenth-century history with visits to the law offices and gravesite of Thaddeus Stevens, a guided tour of President James Buchanan's Wheatland mansion, and a bus tour of Underground Railroad sites.

March weather in the mid-Atlantic region can be changeable; please check the forecast before leaving home. More details about the area and its attractions are on the web site and will be updated throughout the conference. On behalf of the Local Arrangements Committee and the Program Committee we look forward to seeing you in Lancaster for a memorable fortieth conference.

— E. Douglas Bomberger Chair, Local Arrangements Committee

Lancaster PAConference Hotel

Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
25 S Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603
(800) 627-7468

On-site parking: $7 per day
In-Room Internet: $6.95-Weekdays / Free-Weekends
Lobby Internet: Free always
Rooms Sold Out

Alternative Lodging Nearby

Map of these hotels relative to the Marriott

Conference Schedule and Program

Download the conference schedule and program (Final version; updated 02/18/14)

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Program Committee: Christopher Wilkinson (West Virginia University), Dale Cockrell (Center for Popular Music), Tracey Laird (Agnes Scott College), Leta Miller (University of California, Santa Cruz), Sherrie Tucker (University of Kansas), Graham Wood (Coker College)

Poster Presentation Information

Poster presenters: View information about creating your poster and display specifications.

Conference Registration

Online and paper registration is no longer available. To register for the conference, please register on-site.

Information for Exhibitors

Visit the Lancaster Exhibitors page for complete details about exhibiting at the conference.

Special Events

Wednesday evening, 5 March, 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Opening reception hosted by Elizabethtown College

Thursday evening, 6 March, 7:00 pm
Worship in Music among Seven Anabaptist Groups
Cost: $5

Learn from the distinct musical traditions of members of Old Order Amish, Old Order River Brethren, Old Order German Baptist Brethren, Church of the Brethren, and Weaverland, Groffdale and Lancaster Mennonite Conferences. Photography and recording are strictly prohibited. Buses depart the Vine Street exit of the Convention Center at 6:00 pm sharp.

Ellen Taaffe ZwilichFriday afternoon, 7 March, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Honorary member ceremony for Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

American composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich is the first female to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. She will be present for the ceremony, which will feature musical performances of her works by Elizabethtown College faculty members and a talk by Denise Von Glahn.

Saturday evening, 8 March, 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Annual banquet, featuring music by David Cullen
Cost: $50

David Cullen is a Grammy Award Winner for Best Pop Instrumental Recording. He has performed with Will Ackerman, Samite, Michael Manring, and Victor Wooten. David also has played with The Jaco Big Band and with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Cullen has performed in a dazzling wide range of styles including Classical, Jazz, and World Music. David has performed throughout North America for Classical Guitar Societies, Jazz Festivals, and Performing Arts Series. He has released 10 CDs for the acoustic guitar label Solid Air Records. His recordings have been featured on NPR stations across America. David earned his Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from the Hartt School of Music. David is currently an Artist-in-Residence at Elizabethtown College and teaches Jazz and Classical Guitar at Kutztown University, West Chester University, and Albright College.

SAM 40th Birthday Silent Auction

The silent auction at the annual meeting provides travel grants for SAM student members and presenters. This program has helped support countless students over the years. The student forum is still in need of items for the silent auction. Auction items can be brought directly to the conference, or may be sent ahead of time to:

Mariana Whitmer
838 N. Lincoln Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15233

In addition to traditional items (books, scores, CDs, and monetary donations), the student forum would like to celebrate SAM’s 40th birthday with a SAM-themed auction. So, if you have any SAM or Sonneck Society branded items to donate to the auction, please bring them along as well.

If you are planning to donate to the auction, please email a description of your item to co-chair, Megan MacDonald, as she is compiling a list of the auction contents.

SAM Brass Band

The SAM Brass Band will perform on Saturday, 8 March during the conference's pre-banquet reception. Performers (of any ability level) are welcome. Bring your instrument and come to rehearsal on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. Questions? Call Craig Parker at (785) 532-3810 or email: cbp@ksu.edu.

SAM Shape-Note Sing

Those who wish to take part in Shape-Note singing are invited to bring their voices to the session being held from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday evening. Books and/or song sheets will be provided (but you are also welcome to bring your own Sacred Harp volume).

Friday Afternoon Excursions

Please note: All buses depart the Vine Street exit at 2:30.

Lititz Moravian Church
Cost: $15

Voted America's Coolest Small Town in 2013, Lititz was founded by Moravians in the eighteenth century. Dr. Jeffrey Gemmell, director of music ministries at the Lititz Moravian Church, will introduce the music of Johannes Herbst, demonstrate the church's two Tannenberg organs, and lead a tour of eighteenth-century sites.

Ephrata Cloister
Cost: $20

Founded in 1732 by German immigrants seeking separation and religious freedom, the Ephrata Cloister was the source of the earliest book of original printed music in America. Michael Showalter will lead a tour of the eighteenth-century complex, featuring an opportunity to hear the music of Conrad Beissel in the hall for which it was written.

Lancaster in the Civil War era
Cost: $25

Lancaster was an important stop on the Underground Railroad and home to two of the nineteenth century's most influential politicians. This tour will visit the law offices and gravesite of Thaddeus Stevens, it will feature a guided tour of President James Buchanan's Wheatland mansion, and it will follow the trail of the Underground Railroad.

DIY Tours

Gettysburg monumentFor attendees who wish to organize individual tours to more distant locations, here are some suggestions

"First Friday" in Downtown Lancaster

Please note that Friday evening will be "First Friday" in downtown Lancaster, when shops and art galleries will be open late. Expect large crowds, and if you plan to eat at a nice restaurant that evening, please make reservations in advance.Elizabeth Town College

Traveling to Lancaster

Lancaster is 1.5 hours from Philadelphia and Baltimore, and it is approximately 2.5 hours from Washington and New York. The Lancaster County Convention Center is located in Penn Square in downtown Lancaster at the corner of Queen and King Streets.

By car: From US Highway 30, take the Fruitville Pike south exit and follow directions for "Historic Lancaster." Fruitville Pike will become N. Prince St. Proceed south on N Prince St to King St and turn left on King St. Penn Square will be 1 block to your right at the next traffic signal. Continue for 1 block on King Street, turn right on Duke Street and enter the parking garage to the right.

By train: Lancaster's Amtrak station is 1.5 miles from the convention center. The second-busiest station in Pennsylvania, it is served by 14 daily arrivals and departures to Philadelphia and points east. www.amtrak.com

* Note: SAM will provide free van service from the Amtrak station to the conference hotel on Wednesday from noon to 9:30 pm and on Thursday morning until noon. If you arrive at the station outside those times, please call Lancaster City Cabs at (717) 701-1151 or Lancaster Yellow Cabs at (717) 393-2222.

By air:

  1. Harrisburg International Airport (MDT). Closer to Lancaster but with fewer flights. Taxis from the airport cost approximately $60 each way; rental cars are also available.
  2. Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). From the airport, take the SEPTA light rail to the 30th Street Station (approx.17 min.) and then Amtrak to Lancaster (approx. 1 hour).
    1. Airport to 30th Street Station:
    2. Amtrak to Lancaster:
    • Important! The last Amtrak train from Philadelphia 30th Street station departs for Lancaster at 10:59 pm. In order to catch this train, you will need to take the 10:09 SEPTA train from the airport or take a taxi. If your plans require a later arrival, it would be best to spend the night in Philadelphia or else fly into the Harrisburg airport and rent a car.

    * Note: SAM will provide free van service from the Amtrak station to the conference hotel on Wednesday from noon to 9:30 pm and on Thursday morning until noon. If you arrive at the station outside those times, please call Lancaster City Cabs at (717) 701-1151 or Lancaster Yellow Cabs at (717) 393-2222.

Conference Staff

SAM Local Arrangements Committee: E. Douglas Bomberger (Elizabethtown College), chair; Matthew Butterfield (Franklin & Mar- shall College), Bruce Gustafson (Franklin & Marshall College), James Haines (Elizabethtown College), Renee Lapp Norris (Lebanon Valley College)

SAM Associate Conference Manager: Joice Gibson

SAM Silent Auction: Sarah Suhadolnik and Megan MacDonald, Student Forum Co-chairs

SAM Executive Director: Mariana Whitmer

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