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Our partners at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance are delighted to welcome you to a “Diversity and Belonging: Unsung Keyboard Stories” conference in Ann Arbor, January 26–30, 2022. At long last, we have an opportunity to connect with new and known colleagues in person! Together, we will blaze new trails to a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive keyboard world. Due to the changing situation with the COVID-19 virus and variants, note that proof of vaccination and/or a recent negative COVID-19 test might be required to attend in person, and masking is currently required at the University of Michigan for all in-person events. In an effort to expand the reach of our conference, we are offering both in-person and virtual participation. Online participants will have full access to the livestreamed conference program, a digital networking event, as well as links to a robust collection of pre-recorded content. (Although most of the scheduled program will be livestreamed, note that some performances or partial programs may not be livestreamed due to copyright restrictions.)

Registration for in-person conference participation includes admission to all concerts, lectures, masterclasses, coffee breaks, and round-trip transportation from Ann Arbor to Detroit to attend SphinxConnect. Saturday lunch and dinner costs are separate. Payment for the conference will include a one-year membership with the Westfield Center (see exceptions to this policy below). Westfield membership includes a quarterly newsletter, Westfield’s annual peer-reviewed journal Keyboard Perspectives, discounted rates to conferences, and access to colleagues who share interests in historical keyboard scholarship, performance, and instrument building.

In the spirit of inclusion, we have added a pay-what-you-can option. If you would like to contribute to the conference in the form of a donation or support someone else’s registration fee, pay more; if the fee is prohibitive to you, pay less. If the suggested fees match your capability, choose this option. A significant portion of our conference budget is dependent on registration fees.

Conference registration is presently available solely online and via credit card payment.

*If you are a current Westfield member, please login now, to access the special rates for members.*


Register now and receive the Early Bird discount!
Early Bird (by Nov. 1, 2021)
    Regular $250 (includes Westfield membership)
    Current Westfield members $175
Full registration (Nov. 2, 2021–Jan. 10, 2022)
    Regular $300 (includes Westfield membership)
    Current Westfield members $225

Please consider paying the full registration amount if you have institutional support or are otherwise able.

Donate to Diversity & Belonging

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Dietary Preferences

These preferences apply to all meals selected below (additional charges apply).

Reservations for Specific Conference Events and Meals

Friday, January 28: SphinxConnect in Detroit

*Note: The SphinxConnect registration does not include the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra concert with EXIGENCE on Sunday, Jan. 30 at 4 p.m. Tickets for that event can be purchased here.

Saturday, January 29: Lunch & Dinner

Note that meal costs are additional to the registration fee.

Sunday, January 30: Underground Railroad; Sphinx Orchestra with EXIGENCE

The Ann Arbor Cultural & Historical Museum will offer a private bus tour for conference participants to view select sites associated with self-emancipating Blacks and those assisting them, including sites connected to early establishment of our local African American community. Golden Limousine, capacity 30. Depart from Moore Building, Soderquist Atrium.

Sphinx Symphony Orchestra concert with EXIGENCE at 4 p.m., Hill Auditorium, at U-M (Ann Arbor). Tickets for that event can be purchased from the University Musical Society here.

All-Black and Latinx orchestra of top professionals, promoting works by Black and Latinx composers. Sphinx’s vocal ensemble, EXIGENCE, joins the orchestra for Joel Thompson’s “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed,” memorializing the last words spoken by seven African-American men killed by police or other authority figures.

Roommate Options

Requests for Accommodations

Please list any accessibility concerns you would like us to be aware of and/or any specific accommodations you will need in order to participate fully. Note that the outdoor walking distance between venues may include distances of up to 0.3 miles on foot during the winter.

Community Standards

For the conference duration, we require both virtual and online attendees to comply with the following community standards:

  • Anti-hate: We will not tolerate sexism, racism, ableism, ageism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, fatphobia, or other hateful behaviors.
  • Learning and Unlearning: We will be approaching sensitive topics that some participants may not have discussed in this setting before. As you read about and listen to each other's thoughts, work to create a culture of respect by helping all feel heard and understood. Take notes of your own defensive reactions, and use them to learn more deeply about a topic that may be challenging. Remain open to being held accountable for your impact on others. Additionally, recognize that those around you are human and make mistakes, but by attending, they are making a real effort to engage and learn. Rather than blaming and shaming, remember that all have been taught generalizations about other social identity groups that we can unlearn.
  • Engage actively: To the best of your abilities, please engage actively in the conference sessions. This way, we will all establish a general understanding of each topic that we can build upon in conversations. At the same time, give more space than you take, or if you have been silent, challenge yourself to speak up.
  • Share experiences with specificity: Recognize both the unique experiences that shape the way you view these topics, as well as the unique experiences that affect your conference peers. When we listen respectfully and share our experiences thoughtfully and with specificity, we invite understanding from others. For example, we share with “I” statements from personal experience, rather than from the generalizing “you” perspective (i.e. “when I’m…” rather than “when you’re…”).
  • Respect privacy and confidentiality: Participants may share content that is sensitive and/or personal. Do not share other participants' stories, comments, or feelings outside of this conference unless given express permission.

Note: These Community Standards were written by consulting several sources created by the University of Michigan: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, and the Spectrum Center; as well as Truth Hunter’s Anti-Racist Training, Project Spectrum, “20 Community Agreements” from the 2021 Academics for Black Survival and Wellness Training, and Detroit Disability Power.

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