Texas Society for Music Theory
42nd Annual Conference
February 28 - 29, 2020
University of Houston
Houston, TX

The Texas Society for Music Theory will hold its 42nd annual meeting at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas on February 28-29, 2020. The meeting will be held jointly with the Southwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society and concurrently with the Beethoven 250 Houston 2020 festival. An international panel of keynote speakers and invited guest scholars will include Scott Burnham, Robert Hatten, James Hepokoski, William Kinderman, and Michael Spitzer.


The TSMT / AMS-SW meeting will be held at the Student Center South on the University of Houston main campus (map). Meeting rooms are on the second floor at the Student Center South.

The only available campus parking is paid visitor parking. Attendees should use the Welcome Center Garage, which is conveniently located to the conference location, the Student Center South. Friday rate is hourly, capping at $14 for the entire day; Saturday rate is a flat $5. There should be no problem with capacity on both days. It is important that attendees park only in the visitor parking in the garage and not be tempted to use a surface lot that looks like it might be accessible and available. There is no visitor parking in the surface lots and vehicles will be tickets or towed. We strongly encourage Uber or public transportation to campus from downtown hotels.

TSMT participants will be on their own for lunch on Friday, with multiple options available within the meeting location and in the campus area. The Moores School of Music will be hosting a reception ("heavy" hors d'oeuvres) on Friday, February 28, 6:00 - 7:30, in the Moores Opera House foyer preceding the 7:30 concert in Dudley Hall.

A $10 box lunch option is being offered for the Saturday lunchtime TSMT Business Meeting. Those who have pre-purchased the lunch will be able to select on-site from three sandwich options to include a Turkey Breast and Provolone Cheese Sandwich, a Ham and Swiss Cheese Sandwich, or a Grilled Veggie Wrap Sandwich, along with coffee, a selection of hot teas, or iced water. Requests and payment for a box lunch must be made by Wednesday, February 19, 2020. See the registration form for details.

This year's meeting coincides with the Beethoven 250 Houston 2020 Festival. All-Beethoven concerts will occur nightly during the conference at the Moores School of Music:

Complementary concert tickets will be available for conference participants. More information about the Beethoven 250 Houston 2020 festival can be found at https://uh.edu/kgmca/events/beethoven-250/.

Click here for a walking map showing the Student Center South, Dudley Recital Hall, and the Moores Opera House. An online campus map is available via the UH web site.


The University of Houston is located south of downtown Houston.

If traveling by air, there are multiple airports that serve Houston. The closest major airport to UH is William P. Hobby International Airport, with the alternate being George Bush Intercontinental Airport north of the city.

For travel information to UH from either airport, please see the UH Directions page.



The METRO Rail (www.ridemetro.org) travels between the conference hotels and UH for a fare of $1.25. The cost to Uber is about $10. The Metro Rail from the Theatre District stop to UH South/University Oaks (closest to Student Center South) is about 25 minutes. The trains run every 12 minutes. From the C. Baldwin hotel, one would use the Theatre District station (7-minute walk). From Le Méridien, one would use the Central Station Rusk stop (3-minute walk). From UH South/University Oaks stop to Student Center South is a 6-minute walk.

Other recommendations include:

Those flying into Hobby airport (HOU) might want to stay at a hotel near that location since the rates are fairly reasonable, and only it is only 6-8 miles from UH (though one would want to allow plenty of time for the Friday morning drive to campus.) People flying into Intercontinental (IAH, aka Bush) should not stay near there, as it is a long commute to UH.


If you are interested in sharing a room with other conference attendees, please sign up on conferenceshare.co to connect with each other. The conference appears as "TSMT 2020" on conferenceshare.co. You can use the service to facilitate sharing a hotel room, Airbnb, or transportation.


The UH Student Center South has a range of dining options for meals or coffee. Off-campus restaurants may be found via Yelp.com.

Area Attractions:

For more information about places of interest in Houston:

If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact Local Arrangements Chair Timothy Koozin.

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