Topic: IDRS conference registration costs -- WOW!
I may open up a can of worms here but its worth discussion I think.
I have attended several IDRS conventions and have had a WONDERFUL experience at each one of them. I was even able to co-present at one. I live only four hours from Oxford Ohio and was planning on attending this year's conference due to its close proximity. Then, I visited the site and calculated the cost. For me to attend, and bring my wife (a non member) for only two days (we were planning on coupling as a part of a vacation) it was going to cost over $500. That was minus travel costs or lodging. Does anyone else find this a little absurd?
I don't remember past conferences (last I attended was 2007 or 2008 -- cannot recall which) costing nearly this much and that was factoring in a full conference pass.
Are the costs set by IDRS or by the individual venue/host? I have since spoken to 5 of my colleagues/friends who had the same reaction. They, like me, have decided that it is just entirely too expensive to attend the conference this year. I also had two college students wishing to attend. Once they calculated the costs....they too are not attending.
I apologize for opening a can of worms just a handful of days before the conference, but it is rather disconcerting to see how expensive the conference has become. And, that is coming from someone who has a full time job and lives comfortably. Anyone else out there see the cost as a concern for future IDRS conventions?
Professor of Oboe/EH - Youngstown State University
Howland Schools - MS (director of bands); HS (Asst. Dir of Bands, Marching, Symphonic)