American Handel Society Conference

American Handel Society Conference

Friday, February 24 – Sunday, February 26, 2023

The American Handel Society Conferences opens with the Howard Serwer Memorial Lecture given by Prof. Nathan Link, Centre College. The conference will include two days of academic panels and two performances: a concert by the IU Baroque Orchestra (Historical Performance Institute) and the Paul Traver Memorial Concert.

Conference schedule

M242 (Simon Center) | 6 pm

Howard Serwer Memorial Lecture, followed by Paul Traver Memorial Concert
Ford-Crawford Hall (Simon Center) | 7 pm – 9 pm

Ellen Harris, Chair

Nathan Link (H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Music at Centre College, KY), “Narrative and Drama in Handel’s Operas”

Concert Repertory:

  • Suite #8 in F minor, HWV 433 (Heejin Kim, harpsichord)
  • Sonata in B minor, HWV 367b (Kathie Stewart, traverso; Jaap Ter Linden, cello; Hangyuan Zhang, harpsichord)

Academic Panel I

Ford-Crawford Hall (Simon Center) | 9 am – 12 pm


Kenneth Nott, Chair

Peter Holman (University of Leeds, UK), “Handel’s Domestic Harpsichords”

Tomasz Górny (University of Warsaw, Poland), “Music Book Trade in Handel's Halle”

Blake Johnson (University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory), “Handel's Hauboys: A Comparison of Handel's Obbligato Writing for Johann Ernst Galliard (1666-1747) and Giuseppe Sammartini (1695-1750)”

Graydon Beeks (Pomona College, Claremont, CA), “The Use of Cannons Material in Handel's Op. 2 Trio Sonatas”


Academic Panel II

Ford-Crawford Hall (Simon Center) | 3 pm – 6 pm


Alison DeSimone, Chair

Mark P. Risinger (New York, New York), “"La Francesina" as a Handelian Singer”

Louise K. Stein (University of Michigan), “"An Old Idea Came into Handel's Head": Two Possible Scarlatti-Handel Connections"

Paul G. Feller-Simmons (Northwestern University), “Opera Seria Contrafacts, Handel's Esther, and 18th-Century Dutch-Jewish Cosmopolitanism”

Anushka Kulkarni (UC Davis), “Colonial Encounter in Handel's Poro, re dell'Indie (1731)”


Baroque Orchestra (Historical Performance Institute)

Auer Hall (Simon Center) | 8 pm

Academic Panel III

Ford-Crawford Hall (Simon Center) | 9 am – 12 pm


Mark Risinger, Chair

Minji Kim (Andover, MA), ““Curtain’d with a cloudy red”: The Sunrise Metaphor in the Aria “Thus When the Sun” of Handel’s Samson

Fred Fehleisen (Juilliard), “Iniquity, Shame, Spitting, and Some Sketchy Voice Leading: Thematic Connections between Two Distant Movements in Messiah

Luke Howard (Brigham Young University), “"We Most Heartily Wish to Never Hear It Again": The Falsettist in 19th-Century Performances of Handel's Messiah

Donald Burrows (Open University), “"Glimpses of Notes Like the Catch of a Song": A Review of the Early Sources for Messiah, Sixty Years On”

Travel and accommodations


Bloomington, IN is served by the Indianapolis International Airport (IND). GO Express Travel (1-800-589-6004) offers a shuttle service from the Ground Transportation Area to the conference hotel at the Indiana Memorial Union (Biddle Hotel). Reservations can be booked online.


The Indiana Memorial Union Biddle Hotel and Conference Center is offering group rates for the American Handel Society. Relevant details, as follows:

  • Secure your reservation: 1-800-209-8145 or 1-812-855-2536;
  • Group rate: $116.10-170.10 (plus tax per room, per night)
  • Hotel Block Code: HANDEL23 (exp. January 23, 2023)

Please note, a credit card number guarantees reservations; a complimentary parking permit will be provided at check-in.

How to apply

  • Event registration: To register, complete the online registration form.
  • Payment: Accepting payment via credit card or check. Payment must be remitted to IU Conferences; please call 1-800-933-9330 to speak with an IU Conferences representative.

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Once you have completed the previous steps, please submit the Participant Agreement Form