Keyboard enthusiasts and music lovers have the opportunity to experience a celebration of harpsichord innovations through the years as CCM hosts the 2012 Joint Meeting and Festival of the Midwestern and Southeastern Historical Keyboard Societies.

Antiqua/Nova: Celebrating the Harpsichord Across the Centuries will take place March 21-25 at various locations within CCM Village and the city of Cincinnati.

Program Chair and CCM Professor Vivian Montgomery has joined forces with Co-Chair Frances Conover Fitch, Aliénor Competition Director Elaine Funaro and the boards and member volunteers from each of the societies to design a rich and efficient schedule for this year’s event. The festival will feature a wide variety of historical keyboard topics, including competitions, exhibitions, concerts, papers, lecture-recitals, demonstrations and even an area house organ tour.

Featured performers include renowned harpsichordists Mitzi Meyerson, Vivian Montgomery and Ketil Haugsland, violinists Dana Maiben and Martie Perry, soprano Janet Youngdahl and master classes by Edward Parmentier and Mitzi Meyerson. Demonstrations by exhibitors are scheduled beginning Thursday, March 22, and include instrument builders, publishers and other vendors.

Those interested in seeing historical keyboard instruments in residential settings have the unique opportunity to take part in the Historical House Organ Crawl from 2:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22. Participants will be treated to a tour of three significant tracker house organs and other keyboard instruments with a buffet supper included at the third location. Transportation by bus will be provided, leaving from CCM. Reservations for the Organ Crawl must be made by Thursday, March 15, by visiting

Two major competitions will be taking place at the festival this year, featuring a variety of talented young harpsichordists and composers. At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 23, audiences will have the unique opportunity to be the judges in The Eighth Aliénor International Harpsichord Composition Competition. The competition aims to combine historic instruments with modern ingenuity by encouraging the composition of solo and chamber music featuring harpsichord. The audience decides the top three prizes, which will be announced at a reception to follow at the historic Lloyd House.

The Seventh Mae and Irving Jurow International Harpsichord Competition, directed by Vivian Montgomery, will take place on Saturday, March 24, in two three-hour installments from 2-5 p.m. and 3-9 p.m. and will feature six young harpsichord virtuosi from around the world. Each competitor will play a 50-minute program including both solo and collaborative pieces, and a jury consisting of esteemed harpsichordists from around the world will decide the winner. Prizes will be announced at a reception to follow at Christy’s and Lenhardt’s German Dining on McMillan Street.

For a detailed schedule of events, please visit

Event Fees and Registration
The general registration fee for the full five-day event is $165, which includes Saturday lunch, Sunday brunch and all on-campus events and performances. The student fee for the full five-day event is $95 while the daily rate is $75 for general registration and $40 for students. Special paid events are the organ tour (includes buffet dinner) for $25 and the Friday night banquet for $29. Registration and payment information is available on the website,

Individual concert tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at or at the festival registration table in the CCM Atrium from 1-6 p.m., March 21, and from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., March 22-24, or at the door at each event. Tickets for all main events except the organ tour are included in meeting/festival registrations. Organ Crawl reservations must be made by Thursday, March 15, and Yes Indeed! Bagel Brunch reservations must be made by Wednesday, March 21, by visiting Ticket and payment information is available on the website,

Parking Information
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (at the base of Corry Boulevard off of Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit the UC Parking Services website for information on parking rates:

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