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For immediate release May 9, 2006

National Music Museum Hosts International Conference May 19-23

VERMILLION, SD—More than 150 musical instrument collectors, curators, historians, makers, scholars, and other specialists from around the world will make the pilgrimage to the National Music Museum at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion (South Dakota) for a major, international conference, May 19-23.

The event will mark the 35th anniversary of the American Musical Instrument Society (AMIS). Joining the celebration will be members of The Galpin Society (the British counterpart of AMIS) and the International Council of Museumís International Committee of Musical Instrument Museums.

Participants will be coming from Auckland, New Zealand; Kyoto, Japan; Istanbul, Turkey; Antwerp and Den Haag, Belgium; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Cremona, Florence, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Pisa, and Rome, Italy; Berlin, Blankenburg, Halle, Hamburg, Leipzig, Markneukirchen, and Nuremberg, Germany; Cambridge, Lewes, London, Oxford, and Plymouth, England; The Canary Islands, Isle of Man; Calgary, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Waterloo, Canada; Lisbon and Vilar Do Paraiso, Portugal; Edinburgh, Scotland; Mexico City; Bellenaves, Chatillon, Malakoff, and Paris, France; Stockholm, Sweden; and, Copenhagen, Denmark.

During the five-day conference, internationally known specialists will offer lectures, panel discussions, concerts played on 17th- and 18th-century harpsichords from the National Music Museumís collections, traditional Spanish dancing with castanets, and music from South India. In return, The Oyate Singers and Drummers will provide a Lakota cultural presentation. Culinary delights will include South Dakota buffalo, pheasant, walleye, and a pig roast.

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About the National Music Museum: The National Music Museum and Center for Study of the History of Musical Instruments, located on the campus of The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, is one of the great institutions of its kind in the world. Its renowned collections include more than 11,000 American, European, and non-Western instruments from virtually all cultures and historical periods. Visit for more information.

About The University of South Dakota: Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a large College of Arts and Sciences, a School of Education, and the state’s only Law School, Medical School, accredited Business School, and College of Fine Arts. It has an enrollment of approximately 8,700 students taught by 400 faculty members. More information is available at

2006 Press Releases in PDF format

National Music Museum Hosts International Conference May 19-23 (May 9, 2006)

2002 Grammy Award Winner, Sharon Isbin, Visits Vermillion (March 28, 2006)

National Music Museum to Celebrate Mozart's 250th Birthday January 27 (January 17, 2006)

2005 Press Releases in PDF format

Italian Official Visits to Arrange Loan for International Exhibition (May 16, 2005)

Andrea Amati's 500th Birthday . . . Secrets, Lives & Violins of the Great Cremona Makers 1505-1744 (May 3, 2005)

2004 Press Releases in PDF format

National Music Museum Acquires Johnny and June Carter Cash Guitars (October 30, 2004).

National Music Museum to Celebrate Czech Heritage (October 11, 2004).

Lewis & Clark: A Musical Voyage of Discovery (August 24, 2004).

New Violin Evolves from Aerospace Technology (June 21, 2004).

Music Across the Prairie: A Distance Learning Collaboration (April 27, 2004).

National Music Museum Partners with National Czech and Slovak Museum Muzika! A Celebration of Czech and Slovak Music Opens Saturday (April 15, 2004).

Rand McNally Features National Music Museum (April 8, 2004).

National Music Museum Episode Wins Coveted Silver Telly Award (March 2, 2004).

National Music Museum Offers Rare Opportunity to Hear 18th-century French Harpsichord (February 16, 2004)

Contact: National Music Museum
414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069-2390
Phone: (605) 677-5306
FAX: (605) 677-6995

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