2017 Conference – Grand Junction, CO

RMMRA Conference Registration Form 2017


The Clarion Inn of Grand Junction will serve as the conference hotel for attendees of the 2017 RMMRA conference. The conference rate is $99.00 per night, with a hot complimentary breakfast included. The hotel is located at 755 Horizon Drive, at Exit 31 of I-70, and less than a mile from the Grand Junction Regional Airport. The Clari-on Inn offers a free shuttle service for transport within a five-mile radius of the hotel and features indoor and outdoor pools with spas, an exercise room, an onsite restau-rant, and a large atrium and recreation center. Visit the hotel website for a list of additional amenities and information:


To secure reservations at the RMMRA conference rate, please call 970-243-6790 and book under “RMMRA.” To guarantee the reduced rate, reserva-tions need to be placed by May 31, 2017.

Note: All conference sessions of the annual meeting will take place on the campus of Colorado Mesa University, located five miles away. Parking on campus is free in des-ignated areas; local arrangements information will be provided onsite in registration packets for all RMMRA members and registered conference participants.
Hoping to explore Grand Junction and plan a memorable visit Colorado’s Wine Country in conjunction with RMMRA 2017? See http://www.visitgrandjunction.com/ for local activities and more information about Grand Junction.



The RMMRA is pleased to announce that Dr. Deborah Kauffman, Professor of Music at the University of Northern Colorado (http://arts.unco.edu/music/faculty-staff/kauffman-deborah/), will serve as the 2017 conference keynote speaker. The abstract for Dr. Kauffman’s talk, titled “Great Spaces of Light and Beauty into Which Only Our Music Can Penetrate,” is provided below:

“Although authors have compared the arts of music and architecture, a direct connection between a particular building and a particular musical work is generally illusive. Nevertheless, two examples of music inspired by a famous building frame the period known as the Renaissance. In the area of music, the Renaissance began only in the fifteenth century, when the dissonant harmonies of the Medieval continental style were sweetened through the introduction of consonant thirds first heard in fourteenth-century English music. The most important composer in the early Renaissance style was Guillaume Du Fay (1397–1474). His motet for the consecration of the cathedral of Florence features atypical proportions among the piece’s different structural sections, which has led many to speculate on the relationship of Du Fay’s musical proportions to those of the building in which it was sung. The musical Renaissance ended at the close of the sixteenth century, as Palestrina-style counterpoint made room for experiments in harmony and musical texture that led to the seventeenth-century Baroque style. At the intersection of these two styles stood Giovanni Gabrieli, composer and organist for the famous basilica of San Marco in Venice. The physical layout of the church’s altar and organ lofts inspired the creation of an antiphonal style of music that Gabrieli brought to splendid heights. While such specific examples of musical works connected to particular buildings are seldom found, we must never doubt the influence that a space can have on the music heard within it.”



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2018 Annual Meeting Draft Program is up. Check out the Conferences tab! Registration forms will be available by the end of February.      
A Joint Conference of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association and Medieval Association of the Pacific, April 12-15, 2018.