Columbus State University, with an enrollment of over 8000, a full-time faculty of 301, and support staff of 468 is located in Columbus, Georgia, a city of 364,000, conveniently situated near I-185 approximately 105 miles southwest of Atlanta. All Festival events will be held in the University's new $58 million RiverCenter for the Performing Arts (left), the home of the nationally recognized Schwob School of Music (right). Located in the heart of uptown Columbus, this world-class facility offers a 2000-seat hall for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and touring attractions, a 450-seat recital hall which houses a magnificent 3600-pipe, 65-rank Jordan Concert Organ, and an intimate 150-seat studio theater. Uptown Columbus is a major historical, financial, and commercial center offering many museums and other unique cultural and leisure opportunities. The RiverCenter is also located near the city's beautiful Riverwalk, which overlooks the banks of the picturesque Chattahoochee River.
participants are responsible for securing their own lodging
arrangements, but three area
establishments are offering special conference rates to those attending
the 2010 Matthay Festival. In all cases the registration deadline to
receive special conference rate is Monday, May 10, 2010. After that
date rooms will be offered on a space available basis for normal rates:
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Howard Johnson Express Inn, 1011 Veterans Parkway, Columbus 31901; phone (706) 322-6641, Fax (706) 322-1999. To obtain the preferred rate of $56 per night (1 bed per room) or $59 per night (2 beds per room), guests should identity themselves as Matthay Festival participants. The room price includes a complimentary breakfast. A convenient walk from the RiverCenter, the Howard Johnson Inn is extremely clean and comfortable.
Conference accommodations may also be had through the Econo Lodge, 1024 Veterans Parkway, 31901: phone (706) 320-0007, fax (706) 256-2769, which is located directly across the street from the Howard Johnson Express Inn. Rates: $59 for a single and $69 for a double per night.
Participants desiring more luxurious accommodations may contact the Columbus Marriott, 800 Front Avenue, Columbus 31901; phone (706) 324-1800, which is located directly across the street from the RiverCenter. The Marriott rate to Festival participants is $109 a night (their normal rate is $179 a night).
Accommodations are also available through the CSU River Park Campus Student Housing Summer Apartment Rental at the Rankin. Rankin Hall is located at 1011 Broadway, phone: (706) 507.8035. Reservations must be paid for at the time of check in. Rates: $72 per night with up to four people per apartment with no taxes applied. These “warehouse chic” apartments consist of two large bedrooms and a large common area with full kitchen. This facility is located directly across the street from the RiverCenter and the price is very economical if apartments are shared. It should be kept in mind, however, that this is not a hotel so there are special requirements placed on users of this facility. Please click here for a complete list.
The banquet has been scheduled
for Friday Evening, June 11, at the historic Bludau’s Goétchius House,
a lovely home in the heart of the Columbus Historic District, just four
blocks away from the RiverCenter. Participants will enjoy pre-dinner
hors d’ oeuvres, choice of dinner entrée (Chicken [Coq au Vin] , Red
Snapper, or Vegetarian option), salad, fresh vegetable, appropriate
starch, fresh baked bread, dessert and non-alcoholic drink. Wine is
optional for a small additional fee.. The
price inclusive of tax and gratuity will be $30, or with two glasses of
wine (Chardonnay, White Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot), $35.
A cash bar is also available.