2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference (47th)
March 31–April 1, 2017
Towson University ◊ Towson, Maryland

JW TurnerThis is my final conference as president of CMS-MA, and it has been thrilling to have been a part of several significant changes in the organization. Attendance at our conferences has doubled, we have hosted insightful keynote speakers and significant regional composers, added more concerts, and even included a recital by a Steinway artist. Furthermore, both large ensembles and jazz ensembles from the host institutions are becoming a highlight of the conferences, which is equally beneficial to the institutions themselves and to the chapter. These changes have been entirely the work of our outstanding Site Hosts, Program Committees, Composition Committees, and Executive Board members, as well as the fine presenters from the regular, student, and retired membership. A great organization is created by great people, and it has been my privilege to work alongside all of you in the pursuit of a shared vision.

The 2017 Conference will take CMS-MA to a new level. For the first time in over fifteen years, we will be in the state of Maryland; we are delighted to be hosted by Towson University, just north of Baltimore, for what will be our largest and most ambitious conference yet. Our Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Lois Svard, whose research into the neuroscience of music will greatly expand the scope of conference, and we are privileged to welcome special guest Maestro Murry Sidlin on the thirtieth anniversary of his work with Aaron Copland in creating a chamber version of the opera, The Tender Land.

The National Topic, “Reflect – Celebrate – Innovate” is particularly apt for us this year, and I hope you will join me in remembering the history of CMS-MA, reveling in our progress in the past years, and looking forward to a future of even more insightful, relevant, and inspiring conferences. I look forward to seeing you at the conference, and encourage all the membership to get involved in the chapter. Bring your great ideas, your energy, your commitment, and your students. A great organization is created by great people; by working together, how can we improve collegiate music education for everyone?

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Towson University Marriott Conference Hotel
10 Burke Ave
Towson, MD 21204

The conference rate is $159/night + taxes and fees for single or double occupancy.

* Free High Speed Internet
* Complimentary on-site parking
* This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

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The deadline to reserve a room at the conference rate is Thursday, March 9, 2017.

Murry SidlinMurry Sidlin, a conductor with a unique gift for engaging audiences, continues a diverse and distinctive musical career. He is president and creative director of The Defiant Requiem Foundation, an organization that sponsors live concert performances of Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín and Hours of Freedom: The Story of the Terezín Composer, as well as other projects including the documentary film, Defiant Requiem, and The Rafael Schächter Institute for Arts and Humanities at Terezín. In addition, he lectures extensively on the arts and humanities as practiced by the prisoners in the Theresienstadt (Terezín) Concentration Camp.

Mr. Sidlin began his career as assistant conductor of the Baltimore Symphony under Sergiu Comissiona and then was appointed resident conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra by Antal Doráti. He has served as music director of the New Haven and Long Beach (California) Symphonies, the Tulsa Philharmonic, and the Connecticut Ballet. For eight years he was resident conductor of the Oregon Symphony and, from 2002 to 2010, he served as Dean of the School of Music at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He has conducted more than 300 concerts with the San Diego Symphony and conducted 18 consecutive New Year’s Eve Gala concerts at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC with the National Symphony Orchestra. For 33 years, Mr. Sidlin was resident artist/teacher and associate director of conducting studies at the Aspen Music Festival where, with conductor David Zinman, he developed the American Academy of Conducting.

Murry Sidlin has also appeared as guest conductor around the world. In the U.S. he has conducted the Atlanta, New Mexico, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras; the Colorado, Honolulu, Houston, San Antonio, San Francisco, and Utah Symphonies; the Florida and Minnesota Orchestras; and the Boston Pops. In Canada he has led orchestras in Edmonton, Quebec, Vancouver, and Victoria. Foreign orchestras Murry Sidlin has worked with include the Czech National, Iceland, Jerusalem, Lithuanian National, MAV (Budapest), and Spanish Radio and Television (Madrid) Symphony Orchestras; the George Enescu Philharmonic, I Solisti Veneti, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orquestra Gulbenkian (Lisbon), among many others.

In 1987, Murry Sidlin collaborated with the celebrated American composer Aaron Copland to orchestrate a new chamber ensemble version of Copland’s full-length opera The Tender Land. Later, he created a suite from the opera to serve as a companion work to Copland’s chamber version of Appalachian Spring. Mr. Sidlin has performed the chamber ensemble version of The Tender Land over 200 times and has also recorded both the full-length opera and the suite for KOCH International.

Mr. Sidlin studied with the legendary pedagogues Leon Barzin and Sergiu Celibidache. He was appointed by Presidents Ford and Carter to serve on the White House Commission of Presidential Scholars. He won national acclaim for the television series Music Is…, a ten-part series about music for children that was seen on PBS for five years. In 1997, the National Association of Independent Schools of Music recognized Mr. Sidlin as Educator of the Year. He has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, and CNN International. In May 2011, Mr. Sidlin received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from his  the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. The award honors alumni who have typified the Johns Hopkins tradition of excellence and brought credit to the University by their personal accomplishments, professional achievement, and humanitarian service. In September 2011, the Archbishop of Prague presented him with the medal of St. Agnes of Bohemia for his dedication to illuminating the legacy of Terezín. In January 2013, Mr. Sidlin was nominated to the International Board of Governors of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Murry Sidlin received the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Medal of Valor on June 11, 2013, for his extraordinary efforts to keep alive the memory of Rafael Schächter.

Lois SvardPianist Lois Svard has received critical acclaim for her performances and recordings of contemporary piano music. She has premiered more than a dozen works written specifically for her and has recorded for both Lovely Music, Inc., and Innovera Studios. Fanfare magazine wrote: “Svard’s performance impresses ... as so in keeping with the music’s soul as to sound a syncretic marvel.” Her DVD of Annea Lockwood’s prepared piano work Ear-Walking Woman has been called “fascinating,” “irresistible,” “full of subtleties,” and “a superb way to experience Lockwood’s work.”

Svard has performed as a soloist at festivals and on concert series across the United States and in Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Her performances often celebrate the avant-garde in piano music, whether in the music of Franz Liszt in the nineteenth century, or in more recent works using multimedia, prepared piano, digital keyboard or microtonal tunings.

Svard is also known for her work in applying current neuroscience research to the study and performance of music. Results of her work have been presented at major teaching hospitals, at national science conferences such as the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, Neuroscience, and the Performing Arts Medical Association, and at national and international music conferences such as the International Society for Music Education in Thessaloniki and Beijing, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, and the Music Teachers National Association. She is currently at work on a book that explores how recent discoveries in neuroscience can help musicians in their work in the teaching studio, the practice room, and on the concert stage.

She received her D.M.A. in piano performance from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University and is Professor of Music Emerita at Bucknell University.

Lois blogs at themusiciansbrain.com


Questions regarding this conference should be directed to:
Christopher Swanson, 2017 CMS-MA Program Chair
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