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43rd Annual Meeting of the
American Musical Instrument Society
Sawmill Creek Resort, Huron, Ohio, USA
May 28 to 31, 2014

Rock & Rolll Hall of Fame
A view of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland
(Photo Credit: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)

Sawmill Creek Resort, located on the shore of Lake Erie, will be the site of the 43rd annual meeting of The American Musical Instrument Society (AMIS). The conference will run from May 28, 2014, to June 1, 2014, at the resort in Huron, Ohio, about one hour from Cleveland. The resort includes a 240-room lodge, three restaurants, shops located in a restored historic barn, a swimming pool and lakefront sand beach, and a 500-acre nature preserve. The resort’s website at contains information about all the amenities.

Les Delices
Members of Les Délice, an ensemble specializing in music of the French baroque.

Papers and lecture/ demonstrations will take place in meeting rooms at the resort starting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 29. (A provisional schedule is included in the Spring issue of the AMIS Newsletter.) Les Délices, a period-instrument ensemble specializing in French Baroque music, will present a concert for attendees at the Sawmill Creek Resort on Thursday evening. Debra Nagy, oboist and director, established the group in 2006 to explore an “exquisite but seldom heard repertoire.” In addition to touring engagements, Les Délices presents its own concert series in the Cleveland area. The group has recorded two critically acclaimed CDs.

Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland Museum of Art (Courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art)

On Friday, May 30, we will visit several venues in the Cleveland area. On Friday morning, participants will be able to choose between visiting either the Cleveland Museum of Art or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The art museum, a Beaux-Arts- style building located in the Wade Park district of University Circle, includes more than seventy musical instruments. Numerous paintings related to music or depicting musical instruments are also on display, such as Music and Dance (1740s) by François Boucher and The Power of Music (1847) by William Sidney Mount.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in 1995 in a striking building designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei. A double-triangle shaped glass “tent” extends onto the museum’s plaza, providing a dramatic entry for visitors. The museum explores the past, present, and future of rock and roll music and its cultural context through exhibits, concerts, interviews, lectures, and film screenings. Among the objects on display are John Lennon’s Gibson J-160E acoustic guitar (used on the recordings of “Norwegian Wood” and “Give Peace a Chance”) and the 1942 Epiphone Broadway electric guitar which Les Paul extensively modified and renamed “The Clunker.”

Oberlin's Conservatory of Music
Flowers bloom in front of Oberlin’s conservatory of music.
(Photo courtesy of Flickr user Roy.Luck.)

On Friday afternoon, we’ll board buses for a 50-minute ride to Oberlin College, where we will view an existing display of instruments from the Selch Collection of American Music History (box lunches will be provided). We’ll also take a tour of the vaults that contain the bulk of the collection. Historic clarinets from the Lawrence McDonald collection are now included in the Selch Collection. During the late afternoon, guests can choose one of two options: (1) a private viewing and mini-concert performed on instruments from the Caldwell collection of viols, featuring Catharina Meints Caldwell, or (2) a tour of some of the 32 organs located in Oberlin College and the town of Oberlin, led by James David Christie, a noted organ scholar and performer.

[N.B. updated 4-15] Participants will choose their own restaurant for dinner in Oberlin on Friday evening, followed by a performance at Oberlin College by Michael Ward-Bergeman, inventor of and performer on the hyper-accordion.  Mr. Ward-Bergeman will be joined by two percussionists, Dylan Moffitt and Patrick Graney, in a concert/ demonstration.  Before the performance, Mr. Ward-Bergeman will lead a tour of the Haddad percussion studio.

Saturday will be devoted to papers and lecture/demonstrations, all of which will take place at the Sawmill Creek Resort meeting rooms. Lunch will be provided by AMIS so that participants can attend the annual business meeting. The conference will conclude with the traditional AMIS banquet and awards ceremony on Saturday evening, catered by the resort.


Registration information will be available on this website soon. Early registration fees for students and members are below $300, thanks to a subsidy from AMIS. If paid by April 28, registration fees are: $250 students, $295 regular members, and $345 non-members. After April 28, fees are: $300 students, $345 regular members, and $395 non-members. Partial registrations are not possible. The only fee in addition to the registration fee is the reduced-price admission to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (if chosen); the registration fee includes the banquet, two lunches, and both concerts. Banquet tickets for travel companions may be purchased for an additional $45.


Sawmill Inn sign
Photo courtesy of Sawmill Creek Resort.)

Attendees will book their own hotel rooms at the Sawmill Creek Resort in a specially reserved block of rooms. Single rooms cost $129, while double rooms are $139 (Ohio taxes are additional). You can call the resort at 1-800-729-6455 to book the rooms before April 28, when the block of reserved rooms reverts back to the resort. Remember to identify yourself as an AMIS meeting participant.

You may also reserve your room online, at On the left side of the screen, click on the link that says “make a reservation.” At the top of the next screen, click on “Group Rates.” Next type in the following information: Group ID – 2113, Password – 1085002575. Click on “Log In.” On the next screen, under “Group Options”, click on “Make Reservation.” Any cancellation policies in effect are those of the resort.


Sawmill Creek Resort is located just under 50 miles from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport; the airport serves 10 airlines and is a hub for United. Rental cars are available at the airport. Vans deliver you to the rental car agencies, which are located offsite.

City-regulated taxis are available on the baggage claim level of the airport, at position #11 (the name is Cleveland Airport Taxis). The taxi stand provides a ticket that includes the address, the rate, and the particular taxi. The rate from Cleveland Hopkins Airport to the Sawmill Creek Resort is $112.50 (regulated by the city). Shared rides will reduce that cost, as the cost is per vehicle. Taxis run from 6 a.m. until 1 a.m. There is no dedicated shuttle to the resort.

If you want to share a taxi from the airport to the resort, please send your arrival information (airline and time) and your phone number or email address to Joanne Kopp at j2kopp@ She will provide you with the phone number(s) and/or email address(es) of other conference attendees who will be arriving within the same timeframe. Sharing arrangements will be yours to make.

Driving directions from a variety of locations are available on the Sawmill Creek Resort website at http:// directions/index.cfm.

Contact: Joanne Kopp, local arrangements chair, (201) 656-0107,


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