August 17-20, 2017

August 17-20, 2017

American Sheet Music Conference

American Sheet Music Conference, October 18 - 19, 2013 - Ward Irish Music Archives

AMERICAN SHEET MUSIC CONFERENCE, OCT. 21-22, 2016

Join the nation's top antique sheet music dealers and collectors in a weekend of enjoyable and educational conference sessions. Sellers will be specializing in 19th century sheet music and Ragtime.

Four educational programs will be presented using sheet music as historical documents.

Conference will be held at the CelticMKE Center: 1532 Wauwatosa Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53213            

$5.00 admission each day or $10.00 for Friday-Saturday package.

SALES TABLE - (2' x 8') $30           

Call 414-476-8999 for more details or to reserve a sales table.

Schedule of Events:


Friday, October 21: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.:  Sheet Music Show and Tell: Bring your favorite sheet music or song story.

Saturday, October 22: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

8:30 am: Sales area opens

9:30 am: Welcome & Introduction, Barry Stapleton, Director, Ward Irish Music Archives

9:30-10:30am: It's a Cakewalk: Kerry Kudlacek

10:40-11:40am: Calls for Change: Anger and Protest In Published Sheet Music Since World War 2 On Issues Concerning the Cold War, Women, and African Americans: Dr. Robert Groves

11:45am-1:15pm: Lunch

1:15- 2:15pm: WWI: From Isolationism to Patriotism: Kerry Kudlacek

2:25-3:25pm: The Varied World of Television-Related Sheet Music: Dr. Robert Groves

3:30-4:30  Sales area open

4:30pm   Sales area closes

Special Hotel Rates: Crowne Plaza, 10499 W. Innovation Dr., Wauwatosa, WI 53226
414-475-9500 $99 rate: ask for block rate for American Sheet Music Conference

2016 Presenters:

Kerry Kudlacek: As a young man Kerry started collecting early Blues records and by 1963 was a regular contributor to the first Blues magazine Blues Unlimited. He’s written 25 album liner notes, is a charter member of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, Co-hosted a blues radio show for 10 years at Rogers State University and since 1991 has been a voting member of the Recording Academy, Grammy’s. Kerry’s main research is done in the area of African American contribution to American Popular Music.

Kerry holds a bachelors and masters degree in Psychology and worked 18 years for the Dept. of Human Services for the State of Oklahoma.

Robert Groves: Dr. Groves is a Professor of Music at North Dakota State University in Fargo.  He has a large, varied sheet music collection but he concentrates on music which has historical and social significance and song sheets that relate to television.  Bob incorporates a broad knowledge of 20th century American popular culture and music in his published articles, in the numerous song sheet related presentations he has given at national and regional meetings and is a past research fellow for the North Dakota Humanities Council.   Bob was a presenter at the 2004 and 2006 conference.  He will focus on post World War II American sheet music with particular attention given to television-related sheet music.