The Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, Eighteenth Annual Conference


The Society for Seventeenth-Century Music will hold its eighteenth annual meeting this coming March 4-7 at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas. Featured events during the meeting include two concerts and a dance workshop. The first concert, on Friday evening (March 5), will feature Ensemble Caprice, which will perform Italian and German instrumental works; the second concert will take place on Saturday, March 6 at noon and will feature Houston’s Ars Lyrica directed by Matthew Dirst in a performance of John Powell’s edition of Charpentier’s Les Plaisirs de Versailles. The workshop on seventeenth-century dances will be led by Yvonne Kendall and will feature the dances of several European countries, including little-known repertory from Spain.


For nearby attractions, Rice University is within walking distance of Houston’s several art museums.  Also nearby is a shopping district known as Rice Village, where visitors will find restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisines, as well as coffee houses and pubs. The conference hotel is the Houston Marriott at the Texas Medical Center, a block from campus and a 15-minute walk from the Shepherd School. Houston’s light rail line runs right by the Marriott.  Its frequent trains afford easy access to downtown Houston and the Theater District in one direction, and Reliant Stadium and the Astrodome in the other.


Detailed information about the meeting, the Shepherd School of Music, and about the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music can be found at You may also contact the conference organizer, Gregory Barnett (, if you have further questions.