Texas Society for Music Theory

26th Annual Conference
February 27 - 28, 2004
Texas State University
San Marcos, Texas

1. Directions to the Music Building at Texas State University

Travel by Air: You may fly into Austin or San Antonio and rent a car.

Travel by Car: Take exit #206 from IH-35. Stay on the access road. If you are traveling from Austin/Dallas/Waco, you will merge RIGHT onto Aquarena Springs Drive / Loop 82. If you are traveling from San Antonio / Corpus Christi / Laredo and I-35 Corridor South, you will make a LEFT turn through the IH-35 underpass. While on Aquarena Springs Drive / Loop 82 you will pass two traffic lights and cross over a railroad track. Bobcat (football) Stadium will be on your left. You will pass another traffic light and then over the San Marcos River. At the next light turn RIGHT onto Sessom Drive. Driving on Sessom, turn LEFT on the second traffic light (LBJ Street). The Music Building is immediately on your left.

Parking spaces are available around the Music Building or in the parking structure next to the Music Building. However, parking requires a parking permit (Mo-Fri). We will try to organize parking permits for all participants. Please, visit the TSMT website in mid-February for information on parking. Please, register on time for the conference, so that there would be enough time to mail parking permits if necessary.

2. Hotel Information

We recommend the following accommodation:
Quality Inn 
1433 IH 35 N  [Exit #206] 
San Marcos, TX 78666 
Phone: 512-353-7770, 
E-Mail: qualityinn@email.com 
Web: http://www.qualityinnsanmarcos.com/

According to the hotel manager, this hotel offers all brand-new rooms, hot breakfast, iron board, free highspeed internet in every room, microwave, 24-hour free coffee, etc. For more info see their website. Price: $ 49.95+tax per night. Please, make your reservation by February 20, 2004, and mention "Music Conference".

Another option is:

Comfort Inn 
1611 IH-35 [Exit #206] 
San Marcos, TX 78666 
Phone: 512-396-5665 
Web: http://www.comfortinnsanmarcos.com/
This hotel also offers hot breakfast. Price: $58+tax per night. Call them by Feb. 22 and mention "Texas State Music Conference Rate".

The only accommodation in walking distance to the School of Music is the Crystal River Inn (3-star) at:

326 W Hopkins, 
San Marcos, TX 78666 
Phone: 512-396-3739 
Web: http://crystalriverinn.com/
The rate for Thursday night is $80+tax ($95+tax for suites); for Friday night rates visit their website or call them.

San Marcos also offers many other hotels and motels. All common hotel chains are represented.

3. Luncheon

We will have our traditional luncheon on Friday, Feb. 27, from 12:00noon to 1:30pm. The costs are $15 per person. The meal will include a buffet with the following items: Chicken Fajitas, Cheese Enchiladas, Spanish Rice and Frijoles a-la Charra accompanied by Flour Tortillas, Spicy Guacamole, Shredded Lettuce, Diced Tomatoes, Jalapenos, Ripe Olives, Grated Cheddar Cheese, Diced Onions, Sour Cream, Salsa and Tostada Chips, along with Iced Tea and finished off with a Sinful Chocolate Pie.

4. Concert

This year's TSMT conference will include a concert with music by Texas State University composers. The concert is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 27, from 8:00 to 9:00pm. The concert will be followed by a reception with chips & salsa. Concert and Reception are free of charge.

5. Texas State University and its School of Music

Effective September 1, 2003, the name of our university is Texas State University-San Marcos. Texas State has more than 26,000 students and offers programs through the doctoral level. Visit the university website at http://www.txstate.edu.

The School of Music has more than 450 students, and offers Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music education, most performance areas, conducting, music theory, musicology, jazz studies, sound recording technology, and a Kodaly certification. For more information, visit http://www.finearts.txstate.edu/music/.

6. Area Attractions

Aquarena Center is situated along the headwaters of the San Marcos River and provides the Austin and San Antonio area with the opportunity to discover a natural wonder created by the Edwards Aquifer, a major water resource for Central Texas. Open to the public, this environmental education center offers a variety of exhibits focusing on the endangered species of the San Marcos Springs, including the Texas Blind Salamander, San Marcos Salamander and Fountain Darter, the importance and diversity of wetlands, and the native and exotic species found in this area. The Aquarium with an Endangered Species Exhibit, the floating Wetlands Walkway, Glass Bottom Boat tours and Hillside Nature Trails combine to give visitors a unique experience of the San Marcos Springs and the diversity which it creates. For more information see http://www.continuing-ed.swt.edu/aquarena/.

San Marcos is also the host of the largest Outlet Mall in the State of Texas. To go to the outlet mall, take exit 200 on I-35.

For more information on San Marcos visit http://www.visitsanmarcos.com/.