AMS Midwest at WSU

AMS LogoThe Department of Music is pleased to welcome the Midwest chapter of the American Musicological Society to Detroit for its Fall 2019 conference, September 14-15.

Conference Program & Highlights

Click here to view the conference program and abstracts, both of which can also be found on the AMS Midwest chapter website.

All conference events will be held in room 1343 of Wayne State University's Old Main building, at the corner of Cass and Warren Avenues in midtown Detroit. (The room is on the first floornot the basement!look for signage at building entrances.) Access to the building is available through entrances facing Cass Ave and also Hancock St. Handicapped access is available at the Hancock entrance.

The keynote panel, "Music in the Motor City," features Detroit scholars and practitioners, and will take place at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 14. Panelists include Mark Stryker, former music critic for the Detroit Free Press and author of the Jazz From Detroit (University of Michigan Press, 2019); Dr. Deborah Smith Pollard, Professor of English Literature and Humanities at U of Michigan-Dearborn, author of When the Church Becomes Your Party: Contemporary Gospel Music (Wayne State University Press, 2008) and host/producer of a weekly gospel music radio broadcast; and Stephen Wogaman, president of the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, pianist, and chamber musician.

Additionally, the Motown Museum is offering conference attendees discounted admission on Saturday evening (the museum is open until 8:00 PM). Details will be announced at the meeting.

Arriving early? Check out these exciting events on Friday:

Travel & Lodging

Wayne State University is located in the Midtown neighborhood of Detroit, minutes from interstates 75, 94, and 96. The closest major airport is the Detroit-Wayne County Metropolitan Airport (DTW), from which visitors can travel to campus by taxi or rideshare services. Conference events will be held in the Old Main building, located at 4841 Cass Ave. (the intersection of Warren and Cass).

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Local Attractions

Wayne State University's home in Midtown Detroit places it right in the heart of the city's cultural district and within reach of downtown attractions. These include:

Campus & City Maps

A printable map showing the conference location, lodging, dining options, and the QLine route, can be accessed here. An interactive version of the map appears below:

For additional information, please contact: Joshua S. Duchan and/or Mary Paquette-Abt.

Last updated: 9/14/2019