Hotels for 2013
There are 3 options available for housing for the 2013 Estill World Voice Symposium. All three will honor the Symposium room rate through the time-span of pre- and post-symposium events. Whichever option you choose -- or should you look for hotels on your own -- you will want to consider purchasing a "Charlie Card" (Metropolitan Boston Transit Authority subway pass). Despite the song from which this pass derives it's name ("...poor old Charlie, he may ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston - he's the man who never returned!"), Boston's "T" is a very efficient way to travel between Boston and Harvard Square (see the Symposium travel guide). In fact, the Silver Line (a bus) from Logan Airport connects you to South Station on the Redline for travel "in-bound" to Boston or on to Cambridge. Walk and T-riding travel times are estimated for each option below.
(See the Travel link above for "advisory" re riding the T on August 3 & 4)
Sheraton Commander, 16 Garden Street, Cambridge
This option is located a 5 minute walk away from the Symposium Venue in Paine Concert Hall on the Harvard University campus. Your walk will take you through Cambridge Common, where George Washington took command of the Continental Army in 1775. The Sheraton Commander is a stately hotel, with "newly redesigned yet classically styled guest rooms, featuring complimentary High Speed Internet Access, flat-panel LCD televisions, updated bathrooms and carpet, and the signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed with crisp, all-white bedding." It is the preferred hotel for those attending conferences at Harvard University.
This block of rooms is offered at a single or double occupancy rate of $199, triple occupancy rate of $219; quad rate of $239. These rates are subject to a 14.45% tax charge. We urge you to book rooms early! The deadline is 29 June 2013, by 5:00 p.m. local time. The Sheraton will honor the Symposium rate for those arriving from Pre- and Post-Symposium meetings and activities.
THE ROOM BLOCK AT THE SHERATON IS ALMOST FULL - CALL THEM NOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED!!!!
To reserve a room at the Sheraton Commander...
Please click HERE to access the webpages the hotel has created to allow you to book, modify, or cancel a reservation from November 15, 2012 to August 5, 2013. You can also book rooms by calling 1-888-627-7121. Should you call, please identify yourself as part of the "Estill Voice International room block".
Hotel Tria, 220 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA
The Hotel Tria is a 2 mile walk from the Symposium Venues and a 5 minute walk from the Alewife T Station on the Red Line. The ride from Alewife to Harvard Square is about 10 minutes. There are hotel shuttles to both Alewife Station and Harvard Square, but seating is limited. Guestooms come with a single king-sized bed or two double beds, and all offer a microwave and refrigerator, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, complimentary local telephone calls with no surcharge for using a calling card, complimentary high speed internet access (wired/wireless), twenty-four (24) hour front desk messaging and fax service, complimentary parking and complimentary hot breakfast. Advantages of this option include the numerous stores, markets, and restaurants that are literally next door in the Fresh Pond Shopping Center and across the street. For the athletically inclined, Fresh Pond itself, Cambridge's reservoir, is just across Concord Avenue and surrounded by a lovely 2.3 mile walking/running trail.
The nightly rate is $179 and it is subject to a 14.45% tax charge. To qualify for this rate, you must reserve before Monday, July 8, 2013. The Hotel Tria will honor the Symposium rate for those arriving from Pre- and Post-Symposium meetings and activities.
To reserve a room at the Hotel Tria...
Reservations must be made via the telephone. Call 1-866-333-8742 and mention “Estill Voice International Symposium" to reserve at the discounted rate.
College Rooms, linens & breakfast included, Boston
For symposium attendees saving their pennies for sight-seeing, there are a block of dormitory rooms available at a college in the center of Boston. The dorms are a 5 minute walk from the Park T Station, where you can catch an Alewife-bound subway train on the Red-line. It is a 10 minute ride to Harvard Square; a 5 minute walk to our Symposium Venue. A ~$30 cab fare to be shared with suite-mates.
These are modern dormitory accommodations, with single and double rooms in suites with shared bathrooms. The college offers free WiFi, provides linens and towels, and fee includes breakfast in their cafeteria. Many of the rooms have views of Boston Common. Rooms must be booked for multi-day stays at $90 per night. Please go HERE to find further information.
"As a teacher of singing, I have dreamed about a common language for singers, a technical perspective that acknowledges the athletic nature of what we do and the effort that is clearly a part of the package, and a collaborative environment that builds up both teachers and students. I feel that, in order to build a solid program foundation, both teachers and students alike must feel secure in admitting any lack of clarity so that they can open up to continual learning. Treating voice training as an ongoing science, in which we are all helping to flesh out details makes everyone partners in the process, and doesn't invalidate and alienate as some approaches do. In fact, this approach truly invites a team approach to learning."
former Music School Director
and Voice Teacher