General Information

Symposium General Information


The 2015 Teaching World Music Symposium will take place at the Music Building at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. All sessions and concerts will be held in the Music Building. The Symposium Banquet will be in the Chandelier Room in Adams Hall.



Free parking is available in the Visitors’ Parking Lot for guests at the Holmes Student Center Hotel.  Parking in this lot is also available for $5.00 per day for participants. There is free parking on the streets near to the Music Building: College Ave., Augusta Ave., and Lucinda Ave.  You can also purchase a visitor parking permit at Campus Parking Services in person or in advance of your visit to campus.

Pay parking is enforced from 7:00 am - 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday when the university is open. Saturday parking is free anytime. To close to the Music Building, consult the parking map.



Check-In and on-site registration will take place in the Music Building Lobby from 7:30am to 5:00pm on Thursday and Friday and from 7:30am to 12:00pm on Saturday. Payable by check or cash only.


A Symposium package including a name tag, the program booklet, tickets for the Friday Banquet and the Saturday lunch, and the CPDU Packet will be given to you when you register.



Coffee, tea, water, and a continental breakfast will be available daily in the mornings from 7:30 to 9:30am in the Lobby. Coffee, tea, and water will continue to be available all day until 5:30pm.


The Friday Banquet will be in the Chandelier Room in Adams Hall from 6:00 to 7:30pm.


The Saturday lunch will be provided at noon in the Lobby. Please indicate your lunch preference at Registration when you first check in.


Wireless Access

Free Wi-Fi can be accessed by choosing the “NIU Guest” network. Click “I agree” on the terms & conditions page. No password is needed.


Ground Transportation

Direct public transportation is not available between Chicago and DeKalb or the Chicago Airports and Northern Illinois University. Transportation from the Chicago Airports (O'Hare and Midway) is available through limousine service:


Blue Sky Limousine Service

By advance appointment only.

Toll free number - 1-866-998-9800 or 1-815-787-9800

Single passenger - $100.00 one way (additional $10.00 for each additional person)


DeKalb O'Hare Limousine Service

By advance appointment only.

Toll free number - 1-877-367- 5525 or (815) 758-0631

Single passenger - $100.00 one way (additional $10.00 for each additional person)


After arrival at O'Hare, claim your luggage and call the toll free number provided above so that the pre-arranged car and driver can come from the limousine waiting area to get you within approximately 10 minutes. Banks of telephones are available in the baggage claim area. The limousine service monitors all flights so there is no need to contact them in case your flight is delayed - even for international flights. Allow 1 hour and fifteen minutes for the trip. Suggestion: Keep this sheet of information with your airplane ticket.