Conference Information

The 2022 Annual Meeting of the Music Theory Society of New York State will be hosted in person at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, located at 26 Gibbs St., Rochester, NY, on April 9th and 10th, 2022.

Paper sessions will be on the 3rd and 4th floors of Lowry Hall. The plenary session and reception will be held in the Sproull Atrium of the Miller Center, which is directly across Gibbs St. from the Main Building.

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General Information

We have secured a block of rooms at the Courtyard Rochester Downtown, at 390 East Ave. Please follow the link below to reserve a room at a discounted rate ($129/night). You must book your room by March 17 to receive the discounted rate. The hotel is about a half mile from Eastman, roughly a 10-minute walk or 3-minute drive.

Courtyard by Marriott Rochester Downtown


To register for the 50th anniversary conference, please login to the MTSNYS membership dashboard.

Local arrangements coordinator:
Zack Bernstein (Eastman School of Music)

Program Committee
Brian Moseley (University at Buffalo, SUNY), chair;
Jeremy Day-O’Connell (Skidmore College),
Táhirih Motazedian (Vassar College),
Miriam Piilonen (University of Massachusetts Amherst), and
Chris Bartlette (ex officio, Binghamton University, SUNY).

Nicole Biamonte (McGill University) will lead a workshop on rhythm and meter in popular music, and Poundie Burstein (Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY) will give the keynote address, “Golden Anniversaries and Golden Opportunities.”


The program is available at this link.

Concurrently, the New York–St. Lawrence Chapter of the American Musicological Society will meet. The program can be found at the QR code below:

Directions to Eastman:
Eastman is about a 15-minute drive from the Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport, or a 20-minute drive from the New York State Thruway. Further directions, including details about public transit options, are available here:

Parking Information:
The East End Garage is adjacent to Eastman. It is accessible from Scio St. (between East Ave and Main St.) and from Main St (between Swan St and Scio St.). Parking is $8/day. A cheaper option is available at Fairway Parking, on 186 East Ave; it is $3 or $4/day. Free street parking can be found but is likely to be a bit of a walk.

Local Arrangements

COVID-19 Guidelines:

Guests will be expected to follow University of Rochester COVID-19 guidelines while on the Eastman campus. The latest updates are available here: As of this writing, masks are strongly encouraged but not required.

Special Event

Eastman Opera Theatre’s production of Into the Woods will run April 7–10 in Kodak Hall.

Tickets can be purchased in advance here:

Dining Recommendations

Lunch Recommendations:

Java’s Sandwich Shop 

Locals Only (*may require reservations)

Magnolia’s Cafe

Mercantile on Main (closed Sundays)

Spot Coffee

Coffee shops:

Fuego Coffee Roasters

Java’s Coffee

Spot Coffee

Ugly Duck Coffee


Close/walking distance to Eastman/hotel:

Branca (closed Sunday)

Good Luck (closed Sundays)

Murphy’s Law

Native (closed Sundays)

Shema Sushi (closed Sundays)

The Daily Refresher


Longer walk/driving distance from Eastman/hotel: (*some locations may require reservations)


Red Fern (vegan; closed Sundays)

Redd (closed Sundays)




Local Attractions

Memorial Art Gallery

Rochester Museum and Science Center

Little Theatre

George Eastman Museum