Elevating a Culture of Belonging
October 12-14, 2023
Salt Lake City, Utah

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Meeting Location

About The University of Utah Campus

The University of Utah is an ideal facility for the SMTE conference with beautiful state-of-the-art facilities and over 100,000 square feet of meeting space on campus. Kim Councill and Jared Rawlings have worked diligently as gracious hosts to secure all that is needed for the conference.
During the conference, we will make use of three primary spaces: David Gardner Hall (School of Music), the Alumni House and Carolyn and Kim Gardner Commons. The university also many other notable favorite facilities: The Natural History Museum of Utah, Rice-Eccles Stadium, The Olpin Student Union, Huntsman Center, Red Butte Gardens, Fine Arts Museum, Health Science Education Building,), Kingsbury Hall, Fort Douglas, and the Marriott Library.
Please read this welcome letter from Dr. Kimberly Councill, Director of the School of Music at the University of Utah.

Transportation To and From the Campus

The Trax line is the suggested means of transportation during the Symposium. Transportation will not be provided to or from hotels, but light rail and walking are convenient to campus. Limited street and metered parking is available on campus for Thursday evening and Saturday. SMTE has purchased parking on Friday, October 13, 2023 located in the lot immediately to the north of the Alumni House. Space is limited.

Directions to the Campus Area

From Airport to Downtown via Trax (SLC’s Light rail system): Take Greenline to Courthouse Station. There is a minimal cost.

From Downtown to the University: Take Redline to the University-Stadium Station. There is no cost.


University Campus Map

Main Campus Map (Conference spaces are located within the “C” row (See map grid: C1-C4.))

Conference Facilities

Thursday Registration, Opening Keynote, and all Saturday activities will be held at the School of Music: 1375 E. Presidents Circle. Look for this building:






Registration and the ASPA Overview Poster Display will take place in the Atrium of the School of Music.

All Friday activites will be held at the Alumni Center: 155 Central Campus Drive. Look for this building for Friday activites:

Alumni HouseMeeting RoomsCarolyn and Kem Gardner Commons

Symposium Regisration

Symposium registration is now available through this online portal. Attendees are encouraged to register in advance as onsite registration rates will be higher.


Several hotels are conveniently located near campus. The Trax Line (Salt Lake City’s light rail service) will be sufficient for transportation from the airport and and for the duration of the conference.  There will be no specific conference hotel for this symposium; however, there are several hotels within walking distance to the venues and Trax stations that offer competitive rates. Suggested hotels located on the Trax “Red line” include:

The Grand America HotelLittle American HotelMonacoFairfield Inn and Suites by MarriottDoubleTree by HiltonHilton Garden InnSheraton


Access guest wifi on the University of Utah campus.

Family Friendly Activities and Arrangements

Keynote & Plenary Speakers

Susan Wharton Conkling Keynote Address Speaker:
Dr. Carla Shalaby, Coordinator of Social Justice Initiatives and Community Internships at the Marsal Family School of Education, University of Michigan, will be the Susan Conkling Keynote Address speaker for the 2023 Symposium onMusic Teacher Education. Please read Dr. Shalaby’s full bio here: https://soe.umich.edu/directory/faculty-staff/carla-shalaby

Plenary Sessions:
Dr. Nicole R. Robinson, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Cultural Connections by Design, will present a plenary session. Read Dr. Robinson’s full bio here: https://ccbydesign.org/dr-nicole-robinson/

Proposal Submission

The submission period has closed.

View the archived Call for Proposals for the 2023 Symposium here.

Latest Symposium Updates

May 16, 2023 Dr. Nicole R. Robinson, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Cultural Connections by Design, will present a plenary session at the 2023 Symposium on Music Teacher Education.

March 10, 2023 Dr. Carla Shalaby of the University of Michigan will be the Susan Wharton Conkling Keynote Address speaker.

January 13, 2023 – View the Call for Proposals for the 2023 Symposium and submit your proposals here!

December 15, 2022 – Our site hosts at the University of Utah offer these links to the facilities we expect to use for Symposium events: David Gardner Hall and the School of Music / Alumni House / Carolyn and Kem Gardner Commons. We will post more information about the location as the Symposium approaches.’

December 8, 2022View the statement on 2023 Symposium site selection

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