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WEKA Western Early Keyboard Association
WEKA Special Announcement

Greetings, WEKA Members and Friends:

The Historical Keyboard Society of North America has just announced the Call for Proposals for the May 2023 conference to held this year in California. The deadline is coming soon, December 15th 2022. See the complete announcement below.

Also we remind you about Carol lei Breckenridge's video, "Introduction to the Clavichord" to premiere on YouTube this coming Saturday, November 19th at 2pm.

Best wishes,
Lynn M. Hanson, President
Western Early Keyboard Association

Photo of Carol lei Breckenridge

Introducing the Clavichord:
A Video with Carol lei Breckenridge

Premiering Saturday,
November 19, 2022, 2pm
On the WEKA YouTube Channel

Carol lei Bredkenridge is featured in this fascinating video introduction to the clavichord, an instrument beloved in the 18th century for its expressivity. The instrument and its history, literature, construction and technique is explored with commentary by instrument builder, Paul Irvin, and performances by Carol lei and WEKA friends, Phillipe Litzler and Karen Hudson-Brown. Music includes works by Froberger, JS Bach, CPE Bach, Haydn, and the modern composers, Howell and Paschal. Thanks to our video producer, WEKA board member, Paul Hanau.

The Joan Benson Clavichord Award committee of Early Music America has selected Carol lei Breckenridge as the 2022 recipient of this special award for keyboard achievement. Read more about the award here: Benson Award    

Historical Keyboard Society of North America
11th Annual Conference of the
Historical Keyboard Society of North America

Spanish Roots:  Music in Iberia and Latin America
May 17–20, 2023
Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA


Proposal due date:  December 15, 2022

You are invited to the 2023 HKSNA Annual Conference!  Join us in the Los Angeles area at Claremont Graduate University (CGU) from Wednesday afternoon May 17 through Saturday, May 20, 2023.
Inspired by the historical ties of California to the Spanish-speaking world, the focus at this meeting will be on all aspects of early keyboard music associated with Spain, as well as in Iberian and Latin American settings. 
The HKSNA Annual Conference is the ideal place to be immersed in all topics early keyboard, while engaging with friends and colleagues from all around the country and beyond.  This conference brings together interested performers, scholars, teachers, students, builders, and aficionados.  Events will in­clude paper presentations, lecture-recitals, and mini-recitals, evening concerts, and exhibitions.  Submissions on all topics will be considered, though preference will be given to those related to the theme of the conference.

HKSNA also welcomes exhibitors to showcase their instruments, products, and services in the conference. Furthermore, instrument makers are invited to submit proposals for maintenance workshops and other session topics.
Conference Host
Our conference host is the Music Department at Claremont Graduate University (, Dr. Robert Zappulla, chair.  CGU is a private, all-graduate research university in Claremont, CA, a suburban city 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles nestled at the base of the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. CGU is situated on a 19-acre tree-filled campus, and is a member of the Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate and two graduate institutions located on contiguous campuses.

HKSNA is also pleased to partner with the nearby Claremont United Church of Christ ( on the use of their beautiful Glatter-Götz (Manuel Rosales, consultant) organ. 
Call for Proposals
Please send all proposals to  with a subject line of “HKSNA 2023 Proposal” by December 15, 2022.  
Presentations of all formats are limited to 25 minutes. Paper proposals require an abstract of up to 300 words attached as a Word document.  For lecture recitals and mini-recitals, submit complete program information and provide links of representative recordings.  All propos­als must include a short biographical statement (up to 250 words) for all presenters.

Notification of accepted proposals will be made by January 15, 2023. Presenters must be mem­bers of HKSNA and must register for the conference. Presenters must also cover their own travel and other expenses. Further information, as it becomes available, will be posted on the society’s website
Available Instruments
  • French Double after Nicolas and François Etiènne Blanchet, 1730 by William Dowd 1982, FF to f3, 8’8’4’, buff stop, 415/440
  • Flemish Double after Johannes Ruckers by Robert Greenberg 1980, GG/BB to d3 (short octave) 8’8’4’, buff stop, 415
  • Flemish Single by L.J. Hutchens (Zuckerman) 2008, GG to d2, 8’8’, 396/415/440
  • Italian Single by Robert Dillon (Zuckerman) 2005, FF/DD to d3 (short octave), 8’8’
  • Michael Walker (Neckargemuend, Germany) after Anton Walker (Vienna) 1795, FF to g3, 430 Hz, knee levers
  • Fred Bettenhaussen (Haarlem, Netherlands), 1988, FF-g3, unfretted, bichord strung throughout
Positive Organ
  • John Brombaugh & Co. Op. 24e, 1980, CC to c2, 415/440
Pipe Organ (Claremont UCC, Kingman Chapel)
  • Glatter-Götz (Manuel Rosales, consultant), 2002, slider chest, 16 ranks, 799 pipes, 3 divisions, 2 manuals, 16 stops; complete stop list available upon request
Program Committee 
Ruta Bloomfield, President of HKSNA; The Master’s University
Kathryn Cok, Vice President of HKSNA; Royal Conservatoire, The Hague
Sonia Lee, Past President of HKSNA
Paul Carmona, Board Member of HKSNA; Professor Emeritus at Cuyamaca College
Margot Martin, Mt. San Antonio College
Ian Pritchard, Colburn School
Robert Zappulla, Claremont Graduate University
Conference Hotel
Conference hotel rates are available through April 25, 2023, at DoubleTree by Hilton - Claremont, 555 West Foothill Boulevard, Claremont, CA 91711 (reservations: 800-222-TREE).  A shuttle from the hotel to the conference site will be provided. Booking Link
Submitted by Marcos Krieger, Secretary
Historical Keyboard Society of North America
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