6th Annual Meeting of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America (HKSNA) | From the Old World to the New



APRIL 26–29, 2017

Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.A.

Call for Papers and Performances
Proposal submission deadline EXTENDED: November 5, 2016

The 6th annual meeting of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America (HKSNA) will be held from Wednesday, April 26 to Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina. The meeting’s theme, “From the Old World to the New,” aims to encourage the study of keyboard music and keyboard making in England and the Americas from 1700–1850. Selected instruments from the Carolina Clavier Collection will be featured in this meeting.

Three days of papers presentations, lecture-recitals, and mini-recitals (April 27–29) will be accompanied by an exhibition of publications, recordings, and contemporary instrument makers’ work (April 26–28). Proposals for individual presentations or for themed sessions with multiple participants on any subject relating to historical keyboard instruments, their use and repertories from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century, are welcome.


Please submit proposals by electronic means only, via email to hksna2017@gmail.com by November 5, 2016.  Individual presentations will be limited to 25 minutes. For papers and themed sessions, submit an abstract of no more than 300 words attached to the e-mail address as a Microsoft Word document. For mini-recitals and lecture-recitals, submit complete program information and a representative recording as an internet link or as an attached MP3 file. A variety of period and reproduction instruments will be available for those who are not intending to bring their own keyboards or to make arrangements to use exhibitors’ instruments. If you wish to use one or more of the instruments listed below, please kindly specify this in your proposal. All proposals must include short biographical statements (no more than 250 word) for all presenters and indicate any audio-visual/media needs.

Notification of accepted proposals will be made by December 1, 2016. Presenters must be members of HKSNA and must register for the conference. Presenters must also cover their own travel and other expenses. Further information, as it becomes available, will be posted on the website of HKSNA (www.historicalkeyboardsociety.org).


Patrick Hawkins, co-chair, Tom Strange, co-chair, Anne Acker, H. Joseph Butler, David Kelzenberg, Sonia Lee, Randall Love, Rebecca Pechefsky, Sally Todd

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Below is a list of instruments that can be made available.


1570 Italian ottavino virginal c/e – e4 (scaled up one octave)

1748 Kirkman spinet (brass strung)

1749 Kirkman single manual (2×8)

1758 Kirkman double (2×8, 1×4, lute, no buff stop)

2015 Robert Brooke Italian harpsichord after Ridolfi (C to d’”)

2009 Anne Acker Flemish double 2009 (GG-d”’, 2×8′, 1×4′, buff, A392/415/440)

A French double copy

Square pianos:

1787 Broadwood

1799 Longman & Clementi

1830 William Geib

1834 Nunns & Clark

Grand pianos:

1825 Johann Schanz

1844 Collard & Collard

1845 Broadwood


2013 Anne Acker fretted clavichord (C-d”’)

Organ (Daniel Chapel, Furman University):

C.B. Fisk, Op. 121