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The Abbey Road Conference

Registration and Information

Come Together: Fifty Years of Abbey Road

A Symposium Hosted by the University of Rochester Institute for Popular Music and the Eastman School of Music
September 27-29, 2019

September 26, 2019, will mark the 50th anniversary of the worldwide release of the Beatles' Abbey Road.  While Let It Be was released in 1970, most of the tracks on that album were recorded earlier, making Abbey Road the band’s last album project. Coming as the last installment in a series of very successful Beatles albums spanning the years since 1963, it is tempting to view Abbey Road as a culmination of the band’s career. Our interdisciplinary symposium will commemorate the anniversary with scholarly presentations, keynote addresses, poster sessions and other special events open to the public. 

Featured speakers will include Ken Townsend MBE (engineer and General Manager at Abbey Road Studios), Andy Babiuk (author, Beatles Gear), Walter Everett (author, The Beatles as Musicians), Kenneth Womack (author, Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin), A. Joan Saab, Nicole Biamonte, Mark Spicer, Katie Kapurch, Andrew Flory, Victor CoelhoRobert Fink, and Bruce Pilato.

The Program

The conference will begin with registration and breakfast on Friday, September 27 at 8:00 a.m., with the conference welcome beginning at 8:50 a.m. The last session will conclude on Sunday, September 29 at 3:00 p.m. A detailed program can be found here. Abstracts booklet may be downloaded here.


Partcipants may register by clicking here. Regular and student registration includes admission to all conference sessions, keynotes, and After Hours, along with breakfast (continental) and lunch on all three days of the conference. A separate ticket for Saturday night's special dinner at the Inn on Broadway must be purchased in addition to regular registration. A discounted rate is provided for students, as well as an early registration discount valid through September 9.

A special reduced-price registration will be available starting on September 15 for those participants who would like to attend only the Friday and Saturday evening keynotes and After Hours sessions (7:30-10:00 p.m.). Please note that no meals are included with this special registration.


Special rates have been secured at two hotels near the Eastman School of Music (26 Gibbs St.), where all of the sessions will take place.

Hilton Garden Inn, (585) 232-5000
Eastman School of Music rate starting at $129 per night
155 East Main Street, Rochester, NY 14604
For online reservations: Hilton Garden Inn Reservations (to book online, enter corporate ID #3053175)
Or call (585) 232-5000 ext 0 and ask for the Eastman School of Music rate

–8-minute walk to the Eastman School
–Complimentary airport shuttle
–Complimentary shuttle to Eastman upon request when available
–Refrigerators and microwaves in each guestroom
–Complimentary parking
–High-speed internet/Wi-Fi, fitness center, indoor pool
–Hilton Honors Points earned on every stay plus any food and beverage when charged to guest room
–500 Bonus Hilton Honors points when $25 is spent in Drifters restaurant (coupon given at check-in)

Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown, (585) 546-3450
Eastman rate is $95 plus tax
70 State Street, Rochester, NY 14614
For Online Reservations: Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown Reservations

–15-minute walk to the Eastman School
–Complimentary airport shuttle
–Complimentary shuttle to/from Eastman School of Music
–Complimentary breakfast for one guest. Additional guests pay on their own  
–Complimentary on-site parking
–10% discount in State Street Bar & Grill
–Complimentary Wi-Fi and fitness center
–Earn IHG Rewards Points for your stay

Getting to Rochester

The Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) services the Rochester, NY area (not to be confused with the Rochester International Airport in Minnesota, designated as RST by the airlines). Uber service costs about $16 to the Eastman School (26 Gibbs St.); please note that the hotels listed above offer free shuttle service, though it is best to contact them to coordinate your arrival and departure. 

Directions, Parking, and Campus Map

Directions to the Eastman School of Music and a parking map can be found here. Click here for a map of the Eastman School of Music facilities.

Restaurant Guide

Rochester offers a rich variety of restaurants, many within easy walking distance of Eastman. Click here to view a Restaurant guide for the Rochester downtown area.