Updated 1 June 2015

This event is free and open to the public.

Please RSVP and donate here.

See the Call for Papers for more information.

The Detroit Sound Conservancy (DSC) will host our second annual conference on Friday, May 22, 2015 at the Detroit Public Library dedicated to Michigan and Detroit’s musical heritage. The question our presenters will explore is how has Michigan generally, and Detroit in particular, been a leader in the creation of the global modern soundscape?

This conference connects directly to the DSC’s mission of preserving sounds and telling stories. It also educates the public, helping to disseminate historic designation knowledge and resources not just in Detroit but across Michigan.

Our first successful conference held last Memorial Day weekend in the Music Sheet Room in the Music, Arts, and Literature Department of the Detroit Public Library, featured 28 local and national speakers on a wide range of topics related to Detroit music history, from the influence of Latin culture on Detroit music to the influence of Detroit’s ballroom architecture on live music performance.

It is our hope that this “Michigan Sound” conference will encourage and spread a more robust discussion on how we might preserve, protect, and celebrate Michigan’s sonic story.

Please tweet to @detroitsound with the hashtag #michigansound

Michigan Sound Conference

Offsite Schedule

All Weekend


Exhibit 3000 open at Submerge, 3000 East Grand Boulevard


9 am – 5 pm Walter P. Reuther Library

Walter P. Reuther Library exhibit: “This Is My Town: The Concert Poster Art of Detroit, 1970s-2000s,” featuring posters from the David Clements Papers. The exhibit will be located in the Reuther’s first floor atrium. The Walter P. Reuther Library is located across the street and to the north of the Cass entrance of the Detroit Public Library.

Library Schedule

All Day

Graystone International Jazz Museum exhibit case on first floor off Woodward

Black History 101 Mobile Museum display on Detroit music by Khalid el-Hakim

Detroit Music Display by Cully Sommers of the Music, Arts, and Literature Department

Tabling by local Michigan book presses.

10:00 – 10:15 am Arrival and Coffee

10:15 – 10:30: Introductions, Sheet Music Room

Welcome by Denise Dalphond, Conference Chair

Opening Remarks by Carleton Gholz, Executive Director

10:30 – 11:45: Panel 1, Sheet Music Room

Moderator: Denise Dalphond

Rebekah Farrugia and Kellie D. Hay, Designing Space and Reimagining Place: Women and Hip Hop in Detroit
Colleen Marquis, Managing the Detroit Sound Conservancy’s Digital Assets
Gary Stork, The Voice of Music Story: Made To Last

12:00 – 1:15: Panel 2, Sheet Music Room

Moderator: Carleton S. Gholz

Barbara Martin, Looking for Lessons: A List of 20th Century Detroit Music Lesson Providers
Karen VanderKloot DiChiera, Women Composers
Gail Mitchell, A Century of Music Pedagogy at the Detroit Conservatory of Music
Francis Grunow, The Cass Tech Sound

12:00 – 1:15: Panel 3, Hackley Reading Room

Moderator: Keith Owens

Daniel Truckey, Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival
Jennifer Baross, Michigan Music Venues and the work of Corrado Parducci, Architectural Sculptor
Craig Maki, Survey of Country-Western Sites in Detroit


2:00 – 3:15: Panel 4, Sheet Music Room

Moderators: Amy Elliott Bragg and Marsha Music

Detroit Music Historic Districts, Past, Present, Future

3:30 – 4:45: Panel 5, Sheet Music Room

Moderator: Paul Schauert

Dimitri Hegemann, The Detroit-Berlin Connection
Daniel Patton, Acquiring the Creem Collection
Alex Stein, “Chopin said, ‘Liszt, Let’s go to the Salon and Jam!'”: Uplift, Ambivalence, and Strategic Afromodernism at Barry Harris’ Workshop
Kristen Gallerneaux, Sonic Spectres: Raising the Vibrations of Michigan Sound

5:00 – 5:45: Sheet Music Room

Moderator: Mike Rubin

Dave Tompkins, “Jam Pony Expressway Through Your Skull: Taking the Detroit-Miami Line”

5:45 – 6:00 Sheet Music Room

Dan Sicko Scholarship Announcement

6:00 – 8:00 pm Afterglow


Detroit Public Library


Detroit Area Art Deco Society


Listening Spaces

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