Convention 2018


The 2018 Pi Kappa Lambda Bienniel Convention is the 100th anniversary of the founding of Pi Kappa Lambda. A Centennial Celebration Committee is working on a special program for the convention to be held in November 2018. The latest information about the celebration will be updated here, so check this page to find out what is coming.


Convention 2016


The Pi Kappa Lambda Bienniel Convention

… will be held Friday, October 28, 2016 at the Eldorado Hotel & Hilton Sante Fe Historic Plaza in Sante Fe, NM. The meeting will again be held jointly with the College Music Society, the Association for Technology in Music Instruction. For more information about the conference site, travel and hotel accommodations, go to the CMS Conference page.  Please note that the Early Bird deadline for the discounted hotel rate is September 15. Please reserve your rooms early.

This year's Keynote will be at 9:00 A.M. in the Eldorado Grand Ballroom. The speaker is Mary Luehrsen. Mary was a professional flutist for 20 years, and an experience music educator. She now serves as the Executive Director of the NAMM Foundation, an organization that supports music research, as well as philanthropic and public service programs. You can read more about Mary by clicking on this link, Mary at NAMM.

A premier of Craig Weston's (Delta Lambda, KSU) work Glimmer will be performed at 11:00 A.M. in the St. Francis Auditorium. Glimmer is a chamber trio for Bb clarinet, cello, and piano. The performers, members of the faculty  in the School of Music at Kansas State University, are Tod Kerstetter, David Littrell, and Slawomir Dobrzanski

Here is an excerpt from Craig's program notes. Hopefully this teases your interest to come hear the piece.

The title was inspired by a backpacking adventure during the time that I was composing the piece. I spent a couple of days at a very remote high mountain lake in Colorado. Afternoon thunderstorms are a near-daily occurrence in the high Rockies in summer, but both of these days featured particularly violent storms. But there was also an incredible state of calm before and after the storms, with light glimmering off the glassy lake surface. The second day’s storm added a thick coating of hail to all of the surfaces around the lake, upping the ante on all of the shimmering and glimmering. It was a spectacular (if daunting) scene.

This reminded me of many of the textures and harmonies in the piece. Particularly, there are multiple takes on the idea of “reflection” in the music, with particularly the clarinet and cello reflecting one another’s music in various ways throughout the piece. 


Convention 2014

The Pi Kappa Lambda Bienniel Convention

… was at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in St. Louis, MO, October 31-November 1, 2014. The meeting was held jointly with the College Music Society, the Association for Technology in Music Instruction.

We were pleased that Timothy O'Leary, General Director of the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, presented the Keynote on Saturday, November 1. To learn more about Mr. O'Leary, please view his bio at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis website.

Another highlight of the Convention was the premier performance of a newly commissioned chamber work by Dr. Xi Wang from Southern Methodist University (Alpha Eta). The performance will be Friday, October 31. Click here to learn more about Dr. Wang.

PKL and CMS sponsored a reception for all attendees at the joint conferences. PKL programming is purposefully integrated with the CMS program so that attendees of CMS and ATMI may also enjoy the PKL sessions. All attendees of CMS and ATMI sessions are expected to register for the conference through CMS. The complete PKL schedule is below. For more information about the Convention site or to view the complete CMS/PKL/ATMI program go to the CMS 2015 Meeting site.We hope to see you there.

Friday, October 31

2:00-2:55 pm

Plaza Room

PKL Business Meeting

Friday, October 31

3:00-3:55 pm

Plaza Room

PKL Concert Premiere: Xi Wang

Saturday, November 1

10:00-10:55 am

Pavilion Room

PKL Keynote Lecture: Timothy O’Leary


Saturday, November 1

5:45-7:00 pm

Ballroom Salon I