Fall Meeting: Program and Details (Oct. 14, 2016)

Fall 2016 Meeting Registration/Information

We are excited to announce the registration information for our Fall 2016 Meeting!

Register here!

Our fall meeting will take place Friday, October 14th at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont. The day will feature a wide variety of presentation topics including music therapy librarianship, new music cataloging vocabularies, creating music MOOCs, and untangling the history of Musica sacra. We will conclude the meeting with a special concert featuring a local Bennington ensemble and a reception with views overlooking some of Vermont’s finest foliage.

Meeting Program

All sessions will take place in the Fireplace Room of the Deane Carriage Barn unless otherwise noted.

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.: Registration; coffee and pastries [Hallway adjacent to the Fireplace Room]

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Opening Remarks (Laura Stokes, NEMLA Chair); others, TBA

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: “OperaX: Convening Campus Ensembles to Create MOOCs” (Panel: Memory Apata, Pat Fisken, and Adam Nemeroff, Dartmouth College)

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: “Who’s Who in Music Vocabularies: LCMPT and LCDGT, Updates and Intros” (Anne Adams, Harvard University)

11:15 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.: Committee Introduction from NEMLA Board

11:25 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Committee Meetings

12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.: Lunch [Commons, Dining Hall]

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: “Embedded Librarian: Music Therapy” (Zoë Rath, Berklee College of Music)

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: “Franz Commer, Prussian Church Music, andMusica sacra: A Bibliographic Detective Story” (Laura Stokes, Brown University)

3:15 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.: Walk to Jennings Music Building

3:20 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.: Concert (Program, TBA): Thomas Bogdan, leader [Room 136, Jennings Music Building]

3:50 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.: Reception [Jennings Music Building Foyer and Music Library]***
(optional Music Library tours available)

***Please note that alcohol will not be served at the reception. For those interested in a post-reception drink, we will informally gather at Madison Brewing Company at the conclusion of the reception.***

Early Bird registration will be $16 for regular members and $8 for student and retired members. Please register by Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 to receive the Early Bird rate. Registrations from Oct. 7 through Oct. 14 (including walk-ins) will be $18 and $9, respectively.


We have made arrangements to eat lunch in Bennington’s dining hall (optional) for this meeting, which may be purchased as part of registration. All attendees are advised that dining possibilities within walking distance of Bennington College are quite limited, so we strongly recommend either using the dining hall option or planning to bring your own. The dining hall offers a variety of food options and will include vegetarian and non-vegetarian selections. The dining hall has extended a discounted price of $6 if purchased as part of the Early Bird registration by October 6. After this date, lunch will be able to be purchased at the dining hall the day of the conference for an increased cost of $12.


As the date of the meeting falls during Vermont’s prime tourist season for leaf-peepers, we were not able to receive discounted rates or book room blocks for conference attendees. The brief list of hotels/b&bs below are in close proximity to Bennington’s campus:

Hampton Inn Bennington, 51 Hannaford Square, Bennington, VT 05201.  Phone: (802) 440-9862

Best Western Bennington, 220 Northside Drive, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone: (802) 442-6311

Knotty Pine Motel, 130 Northside Drive, Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: (802) 442-5487

Taraden Bed and Breakfast, 183 Park Street, North Bennington, VT 05257. Phone: (802) 447-3434
Note: This property requires a 2-night minimum stay requirement.

A comprehensive list of hotels/motels/b&bs in the area is available from the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce.

Due to limited availability, we encourage you to book your lodging accommodations at your earliest convenience.

For those attendees looking to carpool or for roommates, please use this Google document.  All of the information on this form will be deleted at the conclusion of the conference.


Directions to Bennington College can be found here. A map of Bennington’s campus can be found here. Please note that the day will incorporate the following buildings: #8 (Deane Carriage Barn), #9 (Jennings Music Building), and #14 (Commons/Dining Hall). As the Dining Hall (#14) is approximately a 10-15 minute walk from our morning meeting space (#8), those needing handicap access to the Dining Hall should park in the visitor parking located at Crossett Library (#5) for lunch.


Please park in the Deane Carriage Lot, the parking lot opposite to the Deane Carriage Barn (see #8 on Bennington’s campus map). As the college will be on fall break, we anticipate ample parking availability. In the unlikely event that the Deane Carriage Lot is full, overflow parking can be accommodated in the parking lots opposite of the Visual and Performing Arts Center (VAPA). Parking is free; no passes are needed.

First-Time Attendees

If this is your first NEMLA meeting, we welcome you to apply for ourFirst-Time Attendees Program. This grant covers registration, lunch, and travel expenses. Both current members and non-members are eligible, so long as they have not attended a meeting before. The deadline to apply for funding through this program is September 30, 2016. Please apply here: http://tinyurl.com/c8mjvz9. Also note that funding is regrettably not available for all first-time attendees, but we do strive to accommodate as many as we can on a first come, first served basis.

Thursday evening dinner

All attendees are invited to a pre-conference group dinner on Thursday night, October 13. We will convene at 7:30 p.m. at Bennington Station. Due to the influx of tourists, the restaurant asks for an accurate headcount by October 4th to plan accordingly. Please let Jared Rex (jrex@holycross.edu) know if you will be attending. ***If we have a party of more than 25, the restaurant will provide a catered buffet-style dinner featuring 3 or 4 entrees (vegetarian and gluten-free options available).***