2018 Conference



May 9-12, 2018

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, U.S.A.


The Historical Keyboard Society of North America (HKSNA) will hold its Seventh Annual Meeting at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A., May 9–12, 2018.

The meeting’s theme, “Professionals and Amateurs: The Spirit of Kenner und Liebhaber in Keyboard Composition, Performance and Instrument Building,” hopes to inspire exploration of an idea that has been important in the rebirth of historical performance and instrumental design and construction.  See registration information and forms here.

Morning and afternoon events will include papers, lecture-recitals, mini-recitals, and an exhibition of publications, recordings, and the work of contemporary instrument makers. Highlights of this meeting include:

An opening harpsichord masterclass with Edward Parmentier. (To apply as a participant in the masterclass, or to learn more about viewing Prof. Parmentier’s collection of keyboard instruments follow this link:  masterclass information.)

Evening concerts featuring:

  • Ellen Hargis, soprano, with University of Michigan faculty and students (Wednesday)
  • Jun-Hee Han, fortepiano, Stephen Tharp, tenor, Janice Wenger, fortepiano, Jeri Jorgensen, violin, and Cullan Bryant, fortepiano (Thursday)
  • Charles Metz, virginal, and Michael Unger, organ (Friday)
  • Selected award-winning works from the past nine Aliénor International Harpsichord Composition Competitions over the past thirty-five years (Saturday)

Maintenance workshops offered by Paul Irvin, Robert Brooke, David Sutherland, and Anne Acker.

See conference registration for more details.

A tentative conference schedule will be announced shortly.