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The 5th Symposium for LGBTQ Studies and Music Education: Queering Music Education

In 2010, 2012, 2016, and 2021, LGBTQ Studies and Music Education Symposia I, II, III, & IV brought together students, teachers, college faculty, and researchers to discuss relevant research, theory, and practice from an LGBTQ perspective. The purpose of these ongoing symposia is to encourage, promote, and disseminate discourse regarding the intersections of LGBTQ topics and music education. Held during Chicago Pride, we seek to further explore in this fifth symposium how Queer interests operate within music education in terms of research, curriculum, teacher preparation, and the musical lives and careers of LGBTQ music students and teachers.


General: $225 (includes banquet dinner)
Student: $65 (includes banquet dinner)

To register for the event click here.



The symposium is located at the Education, Theatre, Music, and Social Work building (1040 W Harrison St, Chicago, IL 60607) on the campus of the University of Illinois Chicago.

A block of 18 rooms with a discounted rate of $205/night is available at the Crowne Plaza West Loop, located a few blocks from the symposium. Use the Group Code: M4C and reserve before the May 31, 2024 cutoff date.

Accommodations may also be available through a number of other hotels.

We are currently working out on-campus housing options for students at the rate of $68/night for a shared room and $81/night for a private room. Students should check back in a couple weeks.


Located in the heart of Chicago, Illinois, USA on the campus of the University of Illinois Chicago, the School of Theatre and Music will host the 5th Symposium for LGBTQ Studies and Music Education. Co-sponsored with the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, the three-day conference will feature presentations from distinguished researchers, policy makers, educators, and experts from various organization who serve the LGBTQ community. Come early to join festivities in North Halsted as part of Chicago PrideFest June 22-23.

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Not all of the system’s train lines are elevated (which is where the term ‘L’ comes from). They do, however, connect the city via above-ground, street-level, and subway trains, and serve 145 rail stations all over town. Two lines operate 24/7: the Blue Line, which connects Chicago O’Hare International Airport and downtown, and the Red Line, with service between the North and South Sides via downtown.

Convenient CTA bus routes travel throughout the city, with stops every few blocks. Several lines offer Night Owl service, running until 2 a.m. or later. Get more information about extended hours of service.

Pay cash for single trip bus rides or purchase a reloadable Ventra Transit Card or Unlimited Ride Pass for both travel by ‘L’ train and bus.

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Train and Air Travel
Chicago is the major central train and air hub for travel within the United States. Amtrak and Metra train service runs through Union Station located in the “loop” and is just five blocks from the UIC campus.

Direct flights from nearly any city in the United States are available through two airports. O’Hare International Airport is located northwest of the city and services flights from nearly any country in the world, while Midway Airport is located just southwest of the city and services mostly domestic flights. You can take a taxi or rideshare for about $50 from O’Hare or $40 from Midway. The terminus for the CTA Blue Line is at O’Hare. Get on the train for $5 and ride it into the Loop (downtown) or get off at the UIC/Halsted stop for the symposium (exit the front of the train and walk up the western ramp to Morgan St. The Education, Theatre, Music, and Social Work building is located across the street towards your left). The terminus for the CTA Orange Line is at Midway. Get on the train for $5 and ride it into the Loop (downtown) or transfer at the Clark/Lake stop and take the Blue Line to the UIC-Halsted stop for the symposium.

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The symposium will run from the morning of Monday, June 24 to the evening of Wednesday, June 26 at 5PM. A reception will occur Monday evening. A banquet dinner will be provided Tuesday. Check back in April for a more detailed presentation schedule. Come early to join festivities in North Halsted as part of Chicago PrideFest June 22-23.