The Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology


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Join us on Saturday, March 3rd at the new Pendleton West arts wing at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts.



Please read our current program schedule!  


Local arrangements information! 


The 2018 meeting will take place in Pendleton Hall West, Wellesley College's newly renovated arts wing. The building is adjacent to the Jewett Arts Center in the Academic Quad. Here is a campus map


Wellesley is located at 106 Central St., between Central St and Washington St. (route 16) southwest of the I-90 and I-95 interchange. It is about 12 miles west of Boston. As such, it is easy to access by car and there will be free parking in the main parking lot on campus. The town is also serviced by the MBTA commuter rail as well as the weekend shuttles between Harvard Square and the Wellesley Campus. Unfortunately, the shuttle bus only runs on Saturdays starting at 9AM, which would mean arriving late to the conference. However, for those of you coming from Cambridge (or wishing to return there after the concert), the shuttles provide an easy option. They do require a "token" for use, which can be purchased from Out of Town News in Harvard Square and the Marlboro Market at 45 Mass. Ave. in the Back Bay for those of you coming from the Harvard or BU areas. It's also relatively easy to get to the campus via Lyft or Uber, although the cost from the city can run between $30-45 depending on "surge" pricing and ride-sharing.


For those of you coming from outside the Boston area, the College Club has a block of rooms on hold for conference attendees for $175/night.


The conference will provide breakfast and lunch for presenters and attendees; however, attendees will be responsible for dinner. There are a few food options in Wellesley Square, including b.good, Alta Strada, Coconut Thai, Amarin Thai, and Old School Pizzeria. Attendees can also eat in the dining hall located in the Lulu Chow Wang Center.


There will be two concerts during the conference, Friday night and Saturday night at 7:30 PM as part of Luciana Souza's residency in the Jazz and World Music program. She will be performing with our students on Friday night and will be performing with Romero Lumbado on Saturday Night. Both concerts are free; however, if you are planning to attend Saturday, please let me know. NECSEM attendees have been granted a block of seats for the concert, but unused seats will be released to people on the wait list the evening of the concert. 

The Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (NECSEM) is a member chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology. The society promotes the research, study, and performance of music in all historical periods and cultural contexts. The activities of the chapter are designed to provide a forum for the discussion of current scholarly research and to promote and develop the multitude of traditional art forms found in the communities of the northeast and around the world.

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