2015 Rocky Mountain Scholars' Conference

A Scholars' Conference comprised of the annual meetings of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Musicological Society, the Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory, and the Southwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology will take place March 27-28, 2015, at Colorado State University in beautiful Fort Collins. A keynote address will be given by Dr. Philip Bohlman of the University of Chicago.

Below is a link for online registration and a guide to conference events, hotels, transportation, things to do, and restaurants in Fort Collins. We look forward to seeing you in March!

Online Registration

Invoices will be sent to the email address provided within one business day of completing the registration form linked below. Registration is due by March 22 if you would like to purchase lunch for Saturday, March 28 or discounted concert tickets to Idomeneo on March 27.

Click Here to Register

Conference Events

Registration, paper sessions, and business meetings will take place at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) at Colorado State University located at 1400 S. Remington Street, Fort Collins.

  • Directions: Take I-25 to exit 268, Prospect Road. Proceed West on Prospect for 4 miles. Turn right on Remington Street. The UCA is two blocks on the right.
  • Parking: On Friday before 4 pm, on street parking is recommended, as permits for university parking lots are required. After 4 pm Friday and all day Saturday, conference attendees can park without permit in the lot behind the UCA off Pitkin Street.

Schedule and Abstracts

Keynote Address

A special keynote address, "Music's Nationalist Moment," will be given by Dr. Philip Bohlman of the University of Chicago. This will take place on the main campus in the Behavioral Sciences Building on Saturday. It is within walking distance of the UCA, or a short drive with parking on Pitkin Street directly East of the building. Parking is by permit only on Friday before 4:00pm.

A related talk, "Music after Nationalism," will be given at the University of Colorado at Boulder's College of Music Colloquium Series on March 30, 2015 at 2:00pm in Imig C199 for those who would like to hear Bohlman's complete series on "The Rise and Fall of Nationalism in Music."


  • Hilton Fort Collins
    • Within walking distance of conference activities
    • 425 West Prospect Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526
    • (970) 482-2626
    • Situated in beautiful Northern Colorado and in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, this Fort Collins hotel boasts an excellent location for wonderful recreational opportunities, diverse cultural attractions, lively nightlife and family fun. Discover the rivers and lakes of Colorado and explore the streets of the Old Town.
    • Hilton Fort Collins is adjacent to Colorado State University, located 4.5 miles west of Interstate 25, just minutes away from shopping, recreation, cultural activities, and the beautiful Colorado Rockies.
    • On-site Services:
      • Espresso Shoppe
      • In-Room Dining Service
      • Spring Creek Grill
      • Spring Creek Lounge
  • Best Western University Inn
    • Within walking distance of conference activities
    • 914 S College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80524-3033
    • (970) 484-2984
    • Driving Directions to Hotel: From Interstate 25, take Exit 268 Prospect Road west four miles. Turn right, north, on College Avenue, Highway 287. Travel four blocks to 914 South College Avenue. The BEST WESTERN University Inn is on the right hand side and across the street from Colorado State University.
    • This small and charming Inn across the street from Colorado State University offers easy access to CSU Center for the Arts, dining, entertainment and shopping in historic Old Town Fort Collins. Experience Adventure Casual in true Fort Collins style; we offer free bicycle rentals to our guests with the Fort Collins Bike Library on property.
  • Armstrong Hotel
    • 259 South College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80524
    • (970) 484-3883
    • The Armstrong Hotel is a private, family-run boutique hotel located in Old Town Fort Collins. The Armstrong Hotel offers 45 unique and eclectic rooms and suites with the ambiance of a casual, well-kept private hotel.
  • Fort Collins Marriott
    • 350 East Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins, CO 80525
    • (970) 226-5200
    • 2.7 miles from the UCA. Near Colorado State University and the sights and activities of the Rocky Mountains, the Fort Collins Marriott keeps you close to the great outdoors and its world-class white water rafting, hiking, canoeing, fishing and snow sports. Step inside and be taken away by our recent six-million-dollar renovation, boasting casual, contemporary décor that culminates in a unique outdoor pavilion with flexible open-air options for hosting receptions, trade shows, meetings and social events year-round. The Fort Collins Marriott also features 229 spacious guest rooms and five executive suites design for comfort, two hospitality suites and 17,000 square feet of meeting space equipped with high-speed Internet and wireless capabilities. For dining, enjoy regional specialties in our stunning restaurant, featuring innovative dishes paired with our impressive selection of local beers to complete the fun and authentic Rocky Mountain experience.


Getting to Fort Collins

By Air: Most airlines come into Denver International Airport (68.8 miles from CSU). Car rental is available at the airport and there are two shuttle services that go from DIA to Fort Collins:

  • Green Ride Colorado
    • (888) 472-6656
    • Green Ride Colorado provides shared-ride airport shuttle service between Fort Collins and Denver International Airport. Green Ride offers residents and visitors friendly, high quality, low cost airport shuttle and charter transportation services.
  • SuperShuttle
    • 4414 E. Harmony Rd, Ste. 200
    • (800) 258-3826
    • 17 daily airport shuttles offered between Denver International Airport and Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Longmont, & Windsor. SuperShuttle also offers Hops & Shops Brewery Shuttle in the Fort Collins area (by reservation only, call 970-225-4838).

By Train: Amtrak comes into Denver's Union Station. Greyhound bus service is then available to Fort Collins (see 'By Bus' below).

By Bus: Greyhound's Fort Collins stop is located five miles from the CSU campus. Cab service or public transportation (see below) can be arranged from the drop-off location.

By Car: Fort Collins can be reached via I-25. Exit 268, Prospect Road provides the most direct route to the University Center for the Arts.

Transportation within Fort Collins

  • Fort Collins Bicycle Co-op
    • 331 North College Avenue
    • (970) 484-3804
    • Building community through bicycling is our mission. Our programs include public tools and workspace to learn how to fix your own bike, bike safety education, earn-a-bike, bikes for Ghana, and bike valet service. We accept donations of anything bike related. The sale of low-cost bikes and parts pays our rent.
  • Transfort
    • 250 N. Mason St.
    • (970) 221-6620
    • Transfort offers safe, reliable transportation throughout Fort Collins. With eighteen routes we provide service to area schools, Colorado State University, Downtown, and many other popular destinations. We also have a regional route, FLEX, which connects Fort Collins, Loveland, and Berthoud with transfers to Denver’s transit system, RTD.
    • MAX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
      • MAX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) serves major activity and employment centers throughout our community including Midtown, CSU and Downtown. MAX links with other Transfort bus routes, Park-n-Rides, the City's bicycle/pedestrian trail system, and other local and regional transit routes to provide seamless service for passengers.

Things To Do

Fort Collins, Colorado is a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Its proximity to the Rocky Mountains, rivers and lakes provides ample things to do. The nearby Poudre River is a hot spot for whitewater rafting as well as fly fishing, while Horsetooth Reservoir offers boating opportunities, hiking, and fishing. Visit Old Town Fort Collins for unique shopping, amazing bistros, and original bars.

CSU Events

Restaurant Guide

Fort Collins supports a large number of restaurants for all tastes in all price ranges, many within walking distance of the UCA.


CSU Lory Student Center

Click here for a map to the Lory Student Center.

  • Aspen Grille Cafeteria
  • Bagel Place
  • Carl’s Jr.
  • Panda Express
  • Ramskeller (pub food)
  • Spoons (soup and salad)
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell
  • That’s a Wrap
  • Villa Pizza

Walking Distance but Farther Out (< 1 mile)

  • Pizza Casbah, 126 W Laurel, $ (Pizza)
  • Ras-Ka, 120B W Laurel, $ (Ethiopian)
  • Rainbow, 212 W Laurel, $$ (American, Vegetarian, breakfast and lunch only)
  • B & B’s Pickle Barrel, 122 W Laurel, $ (Sandwiches)
  • Chipotle, 649 S College, $ (Tacos and Burritos)
  • Bann Thai, 626 S College, $$ (Thai)
  • Noodles & Company, 648 S College, $ (Pasta)
  • Cheba Hut, 104 E Laurel, $ (Sandwiches)
  • Thai Pepper, 109 E Laurel, $$ (Thai)
  • Mayor of Old Town, 632 S Mason, $$ (American, Bar, Huge Beer Selection)
  • Boot Grill, 130 W Laurel $$ (Sports Bar, American)
  • Los Tarascos, 626 S College $$ (Mexican)
  • MAD Greens, 616 S College, $$ (Salads, Soup, Vegetarian)
  • Big City Burrito, 510 S College, $ (Burritos)
  • Canino’s, 613 S College, $$ (Italian)

Old Town

The bus stop for the MAX into Old Town is two blocks from the UCA.

  • Restaurant 415, 415 S Mason, $$ (American)
  • Uncle’s Pizzeria, 120 W Olive $$ (Pizza)
  • Choice City Butcher & Deli, 104 W Olive, $$ (Deli)
  • Blue Agave, 201 S College, $$ (Southwestern, Gluten-Free)
  • Stuft A Burger Bar, 210 S College, $$ (Burgers)
  • Jay’s Bistro, 135 W Oak, $$$ (Upscale American)
  • Bisetti’s, 120 S College, $$$ (Italian)
  • Sonny Lubick Steakhouse, 115 S College, $$$ (Upscale Steak)
  • Snooze, 144 W Mountain $$ (breakfast and lunch only)
  • Enzio’s, 126 W Mountain, $$ (Italian)
  • Ace Gillett’s, 239 S College $$ (Tapas, Drinks)
  • Austin’s American Grill, 100 W Mountain, $$ (American)
  • International Appetite, 130 W Olive, $$ (Tapas, American)
  • Main Line, 125 S College $$ (American)
  • Lucile’s, 400 S Meldrum St, $$ (Cajun/Creole, breakfast and lunch only)
  • Social, 1 Old Town Sq, $$ (Tapas, Drinks)
  • Big Al’s Burgers and Dogs, 140 W Mountain, $ (Burgers, Hot Dogs)
  • Coopersmith’s Pub and Brewing, 5 Old Town Sq, $$ (Pub Food)
  • Rio Grande, 143 W Mountain, $$ (Mexican)