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The American Musical Instrument Society


30th Annual Meeting
University of North Carolina at Asheville
May 30 - June 2, 2001

Co-sponsored by the UNCA Department of Music
Hosted by the UNCA Office of Special Academic Programs

In 2001, AMIS meets for the first time under auspices of the University of North Carolina. The gala program for this thirtieth annual meeting offers lectures on a wide range of topics by outstanding scholars, varied musical performances including a duo-harpsichord recital and an outdoor appearance by a Sundanese gamelan, visits to instrument makers' workshops and to a spectacular trumpet collection, an auction of music-related items, and related events of unusual interest. Highlighting the meeting will be a guest appearance by Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer; a free public concert featuring pianist John Cobb and soprano Gwenn Roberts; and presentation of prizes to winners of the first AMIS essay contest for young intrumentalists. An optional tour of the privately owned Biltmore Estate may be arranged; this 250-room chateau, filled with remarkable antiques including a large self-playing organ and surrounded by extensive gardens and a winery on 8000 acres, is a very popular tourist attraction (for further information, visit the Biltmore website,

Participants will lodge at UNCA's Mills Residence Hall, a modern, air-conditioned, no-smoking, handicapped-accessible facility. Living arrangements are suite-style with two bedrooms sharing a den and bathroom. Each suite normally accommodates two or four persons; single occupancy is also possible. Room charges include individual linen service: one towel and washcloth, sheet set, blanket, and pillow; residents are advised to bring soap, shampoo, and additional towels if desired. Meals will be expertly catered by Sodexho Marriott Services. A modest fee covers registration, lodging, meals including the concluding banquet, group transportation, conference materials, concert admissions, and all local charges except airport transportation, Wednesday dinner, and optional activities noted on the registration form. Linen exchanges and access to the University's recreational facilities require small additional fees.

By prior reservation, UNCA's Office of Special Academic Programs will graciously extend the special conference housing rate for additional days before and after the AMIS meeting. Participants may, instead, lodge off campus; Asheville, a luxury resort destination, offers accommodations ranging from less than $100 to more than $400 per day. Asheville's regional airport lies about 20 miles from campus; private shuttle service, at about $20 per person, should be reserved in advance by phoning 828-253-0006, 828-681-0051, or 828-254-2088. Several persons arriving or departing at the same time may prefer to share a taxi. Inexpensive car rentals are also available at the airport. UNCA is easily reached by car and offers ample, free parking on campus. Driving is recommended, especially for tourism and shopping in and around Asheville. For tourist information, telephone the Asheville Visitor Center, 704-258-6101; for accommodation referrals, call 800-770-9055; also consult the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce website,

This anniversary meeting is expected to be heavily attended, so participants are urged to register early to avoid late charges and ensure accommodation at all events. Wednesday (May 30) arrival is strongly advised because activities will begin promptly Thursday morning.

College and graduate students wishing to apply for a William E. Gribbon Memorial Award to support travel and registration for the 2001 meeting are encouraged to contact the chair of the Gribbon Award Committee, Dr. Margaret Downie Banks, c/o America's Shrine to Music Museum, 414 E. Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069, e-mail

On the occasion of its thirtieth annual meeting, AMIS is sponsoring an essay contest for musicians from ages eight through thirteen, on the topic, "Why I love my musical instrument" (flute, piano, guitar, tuba, dulcimer, viola, drums, etc.; all instruments are eligible). Winners will be announced and receive cash prizes during the celebratory public concert in UNCA's Lipinsky Hall at 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 1. The AMIS Newsletter will publish the first-prize essay. Entrants need not register for the AMIS meeting. Essays, which may be up to 500 words long, will be judged by an AMIS-appointed panel on the bases of originality, clarity, thoughtfulness, and conviction. Prize money has been donated by AMIS members in order to promote music education and to encourage young persons to take instrument lessons seriously. Essays must be submitted on paper (one copy; no e-mails, please) and received before April 1, 2001; the writer's name, address, telephone number, date of birth, and name and address of school or music teacher must appear after each essay. Entries must be mailed to: AMIS Essay Contest, c/o Laurence Libin, 126 Darlington Avenue, Ramsey NJ 07446.

Another AMIS event open to the public without charge is the favorite Show and Tell session, scheduled for Friday afternoon, June 1, from 4:00 to 5:30 at UNCA's Humanities Lecture Hall. Without making an appointment, anyone may bring an unusual, interesting, or mysterious instrument and either discuss it briefly before the audience or have it examined informally by an AMIS expert present at the session. This informative exchange might result in a sale if the owner desires, or at least a better understanding of the instrument's history and possible significance. Owners can also be referred to professional appraisers for written evaluations; AMIS itself does not provide appraisals.

Each AMIS meeting features an auction of music-related items of all sorts such as old instruments, recordings, sheet music and books, ornaments and clothing decorated with instruments, as well as relevant services such as translations, tours of collections, tunings, and appraisals. One phase of the auction is silent, that is, with written bids submitted during open display of the items until a specified deadline; successful silent-auction bidders are notified and items are paid for and removed during the AMIS business meeting, Saturday, June 2, at 10:30 a.m. The live auction takes place following the banquet on Saturday evening. All bidders must register for the meeting. Donation of auction items is welcome and may be tax-deductible; receipts are provided. Donations should be dropped off at the registration desk on Wednesday, May 30 or Thursday morning, May 31. Members are encouraged to contact the AMIS Secretary, Jeannine Abel for information about submitting auction items before the meeting.

For membership enrollment and dues information, contact the AMIS Membership Office.. Publications of the Society are available in many major libraries.

Laurence Libin
AMIS Program Chair
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028

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