2020 Conference Registration & Local Arrangements

The Twenty-ninth Annual Meeting of

Music Theory Southeast
Appalachian State University
March 13-14, 2020

Local arrangements by Jennifer Snodgrass.

A downloadable PDF of the local accommodations will be available soon.

Conference Registration

To register for the conference, please fill out this Google Form.


Holiday Inn Express
1943 Blowing Rock Rd
Boone, NC 28607

$120 per night plus applicable state and local taxes.

How to Reserve
To make reservations, call the hotel direct at 828-264-2451 or toll free at 888-SEE-MTNS.

Hampton Inn
1252 U.S. Highway 421 South
Boone, NC 28607

$125 per night plus applicable state and local taxes.

Reservation Deadline
The deadline to reserve rooms at the conference rate is February 11, 2020. After this date, the block will be released, and any additional reservations will be based on availability and current pricing.

How to Reserve
To make reservations, click here or call the hotel direct at 828-386-6464 and ask for the “College Music Society Group.”

Directions to Campus

Appalachian State University is located in Boone in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina, close to Virginia and Tennessee. Less than two hours from the region’s major population centers, the campus is easily accessible via modern highways NC 421, 321, and 221 with convenient connections to interstate highways 81, 77, 40, 85 and 26. For traveling north/south at a relaxed pace, the Blue Ridge Parkway offers a scenic route; however, if there is snow, the parkway will be closed.

Appalachian State University is served by four major airports: Tri-Cities Regional Airport, Asheville Regional Airport, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and Piedmont Triad International Airport.

Ground Travel

From the northeast via Interstate 81 and Interstate 77:
Take I-81 south to I-77. Proceed south on I-77 into North Carolina. Exit onto Highway 421 North and travel approximately 60 miles to Boone. In Boone follow signs to campus.

From the south via Interstate 77:
Proceed north on I-77 through Charlotte and Statesville. Continue on I-77 North until you reach the I-77/HWY 421 interchange. Exit onto Highway 421 North and travel approximately 60 miles to Boone. In Boone follow signs to campus.

From the west via Interstate 40 (Asheville and/or Hickory areas):
In Asheville, take I-40 East to Highway 221 in Marion. Exit onto Highway 221 North and follow to Linville. In Linville, take Highway 105 North to Boone.
When traveling on I-40 in the Hickory area, exit onto Highway 321 North and travel approximately 50 miles to Boone. In Boone follow signs to campus.

From the east via Interstate 40 and Interstate 85:
Proceed to Winston-Salem on I-40. Exit onto Highway 421 North in Winston-Salem and travel approximately 86 miles to Boone.  In Boone follow signs to campus.

All sessions and registration will take place at the Broyhill Music Center, 813 Rivers St.  After turning into campus, follow Rivers St. to the end of campus. The Broyhill Music Center is on the left.

Air Travel

Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI)
(86 miles from Boone)
2525 Tennessee 75
Blountville, TN 37617-6366

Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)
(90 miles from Boone)
61 Terminal Drive
Fletcher, NC 28732

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
(96 miles from Boone)
5501 Josh Birmingham Pkwy
Charlotte, NC 28208

Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO)
(110 miles from Boone)
6415 Bryan Boulevard
Greensboro, NC 27409

Although shuttle services are available from the various airports, the renting a car is the recommended mode of transportation:

“This will afford you the opportunity to experience firsthand, and at your leisure, the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The drive from Charlotte is the more direct route.”

Recommendation from the Appalachian State University conference website.

Taxi & Airport Shuttle Service

CompanyPhone NumberTRIAVLCLTGSOPrice Range*
Ace Cab Company828-265-3373yesnoyesyes$150-$160
Air Haven Limousines828-265-2504yesyesyesyes$150 & up
Blowing Rock Airport Service828-295-7032yesyesyesyes$120-$130
The Hickory Hop828-327-2340nonoyesno$70-$120

Additional Opportunities during MTSE

Thursday, March 12

Weather permitting, we would like to invite you to a Thursday night ski trip led by Greg McCandless. We plan to venture over to Appalachian Ski Mountain** (https://www.appskimtn.com), which is a quaint little hill of some 300 vertical feet, for a Night Session that lasts from 5pm-10pm. Tickets for the Night Session are $27 apiece, and you may also rent ski equipment for an additional charge. Appalachian Ski Mountain has a nice fireside cafeteria that serves food that is quite good for a ski area, but there is no alcohol served on premises, just FYI. Greg is able to pick up and take 3 other skiers with him on the 12 minute trip to the mountain, and it is an easy drive from town. This is a great opportunity to try skiing for the first time, too, as Appalachian Ski Mountain is home to the French/Swiss Ski College, a first-rate training program with excellent instructors for all levels. If you are interested in more details, please contact Greg McCandless at mccandlessgr@appstate.edu.

**If each of the interested skiers is more experienced, the trip may move to Sugar Mountain, which is 25 minutes away and boasts 1200 vertical feet.”

Friday, March 13

Possible brewery tour at Lost Province Brewing Company or Booneshine Brewing Company to include tasting! Both breweries are limited in terms of space, so if this is something you are interested in, please let Jennifer Snodgrass know by March 1.snodgrassjs@appstate.edu


Looks like Rivers St. Ale House is hosting a Karaoke night as well! Rivers St. Ale House is one block from the music building and is a favorite of music students and faculty!

Saturday, March 14

Staying overnight on the 14th? Plan to join others for dinner at Café Portafino. We have a reservation for 35, but we can probably accommodate more. Beyond great food, the restaurant also has pool and darts and a fun atmosphere to celebrate a successful conference.