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2019 Conference

Eighth Annual Meeting of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America

Il Gusto Italiano:

Italian Style and Transalpine Exchanges in Early Keyboard Music

School of Music, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas

Join us for the eighth annual HKSNA Conference, including an exciting schedule of presentations (papers, lecture-recitals, mini-recitals, and a themed session on the toccatas of Frescobaldi), concerts, builder workshops, exhibits, and cordial camaraderie!    

Venue & parking

Onsite Registration

Performing Arts Center lobby

1–8pm on Sunday 

8am–noon on Monday


Parking is available for University Hotel guests, but make sure to provide the correct license plate number, make, and model to the front desk to avoid receiving a university citation.

For those staying offsite, see parking info here:


We have secured a block of rooms at Sam Houston State University Hotel on campus, just across the street from the Performing Arts Center, for $99.95/night + taxes, which will be held until April 13.  Guest rooms may be reserved for either two double beds or one king bed; all feature 32" Flat Screen TV's, MP3 alarm clocks, microwaves, refrigerators, iron, ironing board, coffee makers, safes, and hi-speed wireless internet.  

GPS Address: 1610 Avenue H, Huntsville TX 77340.  Phone: 936-291-2151.


To make reservations at the group rate* of $99.95/night + taxes, follow the directions below.  To split costs for a room, instruct the hotel front desk at check-in as to who will be splitting the bill.  Use one of these 2 methods to make reservations – have a credit card ready:


(1) Call hotel directly - make sure to reference Historical Keyboard Society
Front Desk: (936) 291-2151 or Toll Free: (866) 747-8466

(2) Reserve rooms online (only one can be made at a time)
Go to
Click on “Check Rates & Availability”
Select dates for arrival and departure
Click on “Click here for special rates”
Enter group code: 0519HKS
Click “Check Availability”
Select room type and continue to put in your guest information (total price does not include tax)
*In order to receive the group rate, reservation(s) must be made by April 13.



We have offers of special discounts from United Airlines and Delta Airlines:

United Airlines offer discounts of 2 percent to 10 percent off selected published fares on travel to HKSNA 2019. You may book online at, select "Advanced Search," and enter your offer code ZFNY912255 in the offer code box when searching for flights. If booking through a travel professional or United Meetings at 800-426-1122, please give them the following information: Z Code: ZFNY, Agreement Code: 912255.


Delta Airlines offer discounts of 2 percent to 10 percent off selected published fares on travel to HKSNA 2019. You may book online at, select "Advanced Search," and enter your Meeting Event Code NMSUG when searching for flights.


Huntsville lies about 70 miles North of Houston, TX. The closest and most convenient airport is George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Unfortunately, there is no public transport from the airport to Sam Houston State campus. Taxis are available, but costly. Another option is car rental. Furthermore, HKSNA will be providing a shuttle service at limited capacity on a first-come, first-served basis at the times below.  

Sunday, May 12: 12 pm, 3 pm, 6 pm

Thursday, May 16: 4 am, 6:30 am, 9 am

$40/person roundtrip for both Sun. and Thurs. – required to be paid by April 13 along with your conference registration.  Payment can be made with registration fees .


Airport transportation request

HKSNA will be providing a shuttle service at limited capacity on a first-come, first-served basis. The van will have very limited space for luggage, perhaps just at your seat, so plan accordingly! We currently plan on offering the six shuttles as indicated below. If these don't work for your travel schedule, please fill out your required times on the line marked "Other." Please note, however, that while we will take "Other" times into consideration, it may not be possible to accommodate more shuttles. We will let you know by April 17. Please note that your ride is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation notice with further details where to meet your driver etc. In order to request van transportation, you must submit the $40/person roundtrip fee with your registration form. If we are unable to accommodate your request, a refund will be issued. For those we are unable to accommodate, we will also offer to put in touch with each other in case they wish to share a car rental.


Schedule of events

Featured evening concert artists include Jory Vinikour and Philippe LeRoy, harpsichord duo; Maria Luisa Baldassari, harpsichord and organ; and Enrico Baiano, harpsichord and organ. Also performing in concert are the Bach Society Houston and SHSU Early Music Ensemble, Rick Erickson and Mario Aschauer, conductors.


Opening the Conference on Sunday afternoon, Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra will lead a masterclass on Italian improvisation entitled “Improvisation Lessons from Frescobaldi Toccatas.” In this interactive workshop, Dr. Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra will guide participants how to take improvisation lessons directly from repertoire—in this case, from Frescobaldi Toccatas. Participants are welcome to attend to listen and observe and/or to try out the materials (passive or active participants).

Active participants should sign up by April 1, 2019 at First come, first serve.

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Please follow the link to add registration items to your cart and pay.