American Musicological Society, Society for Ethnomusicology &
Society for Music Theory
Joint Annual Meeting November 1-4, 2012 New Orleans, Louisiana
Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY), just outside New Orleans, serves most major U.S. airlines. To get to the downtown hotels, you can take a taxi ($33 for one person, $14 each for three or more) or the New Orleans Airport Shuttle ($20 one way, $38 round-trip, www.airportshuttleneworleans.com or 866-596-2699). Public transportation from the airport to downtown New Orleans is limited to one bus, the Jefferson Transit E-2, whose last run downtown leaves the airport at 6:14 PM, Monday – Friday and drops off several blocks from the hotel. On weekends, there is no direct public transportation service from downtown to the airport.
If you are driving to New Orleans or renting a car from the airport, please consult the Sheraton New Orleans website for driving directions to its location on 500 Canal Street. The other conference hotel, the Astor Crowne Plaza, is at 739 Canal Street, just two or three blocks from the Sheraton. Please be advised that there will be a French Quarter parade on Halloween (the night before the conference), so it would be advisable not to try driving through the Quarter that day or evening.
For those traveling by car, valet parking is available at the conference hotels for a little over $30 per day. Visitors not staying at the hotels may park at the Sheraton for $18 for 2-9 hours or the Astor for $15 per day, space permitting. A number of commercial lots and garages in the area (including Premium Parking garages behind the Astor at 716 Iberville Street and at 231 Dauphine Street) have lower daily rates, especially for those arriving before 9:00 a.m. (see neworleans.bestparking.com). Visitors with a sense of adventure may wish to park in unrestricted areas further afield and ride the streetcar to and from the meeting area ($1.25 each way). Very important guidelines for parking in the city can be found at www.neworleansonline.com/tools/transportation/gettingaround/parking.html
Three Amtrak lines also pass through New Orleans, coming from Chicago through Memphis, New York through Atlanta, and Los Angeles through San Antonio. Information on cab fares from the Amtrak station, Greyhound bus station, and other transportation hubs is available on the Sheraton New Orleans website.
New Orleans weather in early November averages a low of 57°F and a high of 76°F. Hurricane season, which officially ends on November 30, will be winding down. Please visit the Weather Channel for current weather conditions.