News and Announcements

Upcoming Chapter Meeting at Colgate University

Dear AMS-NYSSL Members,
We and our colleagues look forward to welcoming you to Colgate University in Hamilton, NY for our annual meeting of the AMS-NYSSL chapter. The conference will run from Thursday, April 2 at 9 am through Friday, April 3 at lunchtime.

Registration and Membership/Conference Fee: The AMS-NYSSL chapter no longer collects member dues; rather, we have moved to a “conference fee” model, where we have two rates: Regular (employed faculty, $20) and Other (student, contingent, etc., $10). You can pay this fee in cash upon arrival at the conference.

Travel to Hamilton: Hamilton is in the geographic center of New York State, approximately one hour from Syracuse, two hours from Rochester and Albany, three hours from Buffalo and Kingston, and four and a half hours from Toronto and Montreal. While it is easiest to reach Hamilton by car, the closest airport to campus is Syracuse International Airport, and the closest Amtrak train station is the Utica Station. Ground transportation is necessary, as the airport is about an hour from campus and the train station is about 45 minutes. For information on ground transportation options from either, please contact Mary Simonson at

Accommodations: We have reserved blocks of rooms at the following hotels for Wed, 4/1 and Thurs, 4/2. Please note that availability is limited, so you should reserve as soon as possible, and ideally by Monday, 3/9.

  • The Wendt University Inn: 175 Utica St., about a mile from campus. $109 per night on Wednesday and Thursday nights if you reference the block “Colgate AMS Symposium.” Please call 315-824-4428 for reservations.
  • Holcomb’s B&B: 5 Mill St., about .6 miles from campus. $135 per night on Wednesday and Thursday nights if you reference the block “Colgate AMS Symposium” (you can also mention Angela Kowalski as the contact person for the block). Please call 315-228-2120 or email to reserve.

Other lodging options include:

  • The Colgate Inn (1 Payne St., .3 miles from campus; can be quite pricey)
  • The Hamilton Inn (4480 E. Lake Rd., 3 miles from campus)
  • There are a limited number of Airbnb options in and around Hamilton
  • Hampton Inn and Suites Cazenovia (a 30 minute drive to campus, but reasonably priced rooms)

Should lodging be an issue, please contact Mary Simonson (msimonson [at] colgate [dot] edu) for recommendations or more affordable options.

Conference Meals and Refreshments: Thanks to the generous support of Colgate University, we are able to offer lunch on Thursday to all conference participants, and are also hoping to be able to offer a conference dinner on Thursday for a very nominal cost. We will also provide coffee, tea, and light snacks on Thursday and Friday mornings, and a coffee break on Thursday afternoon. In order to help us estimate appropriately, please register for the conference using the registration form above.

Conference Location and Parking: The conference will be held at various locations on the Colgate University campus, as will be indicated on the schedule. A map and on-campus parking instructions will be posted shortly.

Keynote: We are delighted to confirm that Christina Baade (McMaster University) will deliver a keynote address entitled “Vera Lynn in Nashville (1977): White Working-Class Femininity and Transatlantic Affinities” on Thursday afternoon.

Concert: On Thursday evening, we are thrilled to offer a screening of the recently reconstructed Chinese silent film The Goddess (dir. Wu Yonggang, 1934, 73 minutes) with live musical accompaniment composed and performed by accomplished pipa performer Min Xiao-Fen and jazz guitarist Rez Abassi.

Graduate Student Prize: A $200 cash prize will be awarded to the best graduate student paper at the conclusion of the conference on Friday by the Graduate Student Paper Prize Committee.

See you all soon in Hamilton!

With best wishes,
Mary Simonson and Seth Coluzzi
Conference Co-Chairs



Upcoming Chapter Meeting at the University of Toronto 
April 2017

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the AMS-NYSSL Chapter meeting at the University of Toronto, April 22-23, 2017. The meeting will be held at the Faculty of Music, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park Crescent, (Museum subway) Toronto, Canada M5S2C5.

We have planned an exciting program, including faculty and student presenters, and a keynote address by Holly Watkins from the Eastman School of Music. Our thanks to Stephanie Vander Wel, University at Buffalo, for her assistance with the program, available here.

We ask that you make your own hotel arrangements. The closest reasonably-priced hotel is the Holiday Inn Bloor Yorkville, 280 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S1V8.
There are, of course, many other options in the vicinity of the university and the surrounding downtown neighbourhood.

As announced earlier, the conference coincides with the Canadian Opera Company's new, all-Canadian production of Harry Somers' and Mavor Moore's centennial-commissioned opera Louis Riel. The production opens at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on the evening of Thursday April 20, and the second performance takes place on Sunday afternoon April 23. The chapter meeting features a panel on the opera entitled “Resonances of Riel,” and we are also hosting an interdisciplinary symposium “Hearing Riel” at the University of Toronto on Friday April 21. For further information about performances of the opera and the symposium, please see the website of the Canadian Opera Company and the University of Toronto's Canada 150 initiative.

Caryl Clark and Sherry Lee
co-chairs of the AMS-NYSSL Chapter spring 2017 meeting


NYSSL 2016 Membership and Call for Dues
18 January 2016

Members will be contacted this week regarding membership renewal. For more information regarding membership and dues click here.

NYSSL 2016 Annual Meeting, Call for Papers
17 January 2016

The call for papers for the upcoming meeting of the NYSSL Chapter has been made available to members. Click here for more information.

New Website Design (Jan. 2016)

We are currently giving the NYSSL Chapter's website a much-needed update. Watch for more information as it is made available. If you have any suggestions regarding what you would find useful on the new site, please email the current chair, Kirsten Yri