ResoSummit 2010


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wait list signup
registration fee
cancellation & refunds
key dates & times
on-site housing
hotel info
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2010 ResoSummit:

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ON OR BEFORE JULY 27, 2010, registration fees and on-site lodging deposits are fully refundable minus a $25 cancellation fee.

FROM JULY 28 THROUGH SEPT. 27, registration fees are 50% refundable. On-site lodging & meals payments are refundable if we are able to reassign your room and/or meals to another participant. Otherwise, lodging & meals payments are nonrefundable.

ON & AFTER SEPT. 28, registration fees and on-site lodging and meals payments are non-refundable.

Although we reserve the right to follow the terms of this cancellation & refund policy strictly, if we are able to fill the vacancy from our wait list or reassign your room and meals to another participant, we may, in our sole discretion, elect to refund a greater portion of your deposit.

Please note that many people on our wait list need several months' advance notice in order to be able to arrange to attend, so if you need to cancel, the sooner you do so, the more likely it is that we can fill your space from the wait list.


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ResoSummit is produced by Rob Ickes & Betty Wheeler for ResoRevolution


Faculty for ResoSummit 2010

ResoSummit is Total Dobro Overload by design:
3 days of workshops by a diverse, stellar faculty, 4 evening performances, after-hours jams, luthier consultations, and more. ResoSummit's home is the Scarritt-Bennett Center, a beautiful campus in Nashville's MusicRow-Vanderbilt area, with nightly performances at the Station Inn.
Our goal: to send you home with enough homework, ideas, and especially inspiration to make this a highly creative and productive time in your musical life.

Here are key details. Click on anyBack to Top symbol to return to the top of this page.

We opened registration on Dec. 29 on a "first call" basis exclusively to those on the ResoSummit email list, and sold out very quickly.

Every year, we are able to offer openings to people on the wait list, so don't despair! Fill out this quick survey form to sign up for our wait list. Go to Survey

Registration Fee

The registration fee is $420. It includes all workshops and educational sessions, evening performances at The Station Inn, and the after-hours jam space. On-site housing and meals are available, but are not included in the registration fee.

A $120 deposit is payable upon registration. The balance is due by July 28, 2010. Our Cancellation & Refund Policy is posted at left; please review it carefully before registering. Back to Top

Key dates & times
ResoSummit begins on Thursday, Oct. 28. Registration opens at 3pm, and on-site room check-in opens then also. There is an optional "get acquainted" dinner at 5:30pm in the Susie Gray Dining Hall at the Scarritt-Bennett, our ResoSummit "home", and the first official event of ResoSummit will be the 8pm performance that evening by New Found Road featuring special guest Justin Moses, at the Station Inn. Informal jamming space will be available beginning at 3pm, and is available after-hours each day of ResoSummit, as deep into the night as you wish to use it.
Friday features an all-Summit opening session, where you'll meet the faculty and hear them play in duos. Three workshop sessions follow, plus an "optional activities" hour with options ranging from informal performances to one-on-one opportunities to consult with faculty and our staff luthiers during "office hours". After a dinner break comes another Station Inn performance, followed by informal after-hours jamming. Saturday has a similar schedule, with four workshop sessions, an optional activities hour. This year, the Saturday evening performance will be by Darren Beachley & Legends of the Potomac, featuring Mike Auldridge.
Sunday features two morning workshop sessions, plus one 2-hour session after lunch. Typically, there are opportunities on Sunday for workshops at nearby recording studios, and the 2-hour final workshop is a good opportunity for a more in-depth treatment of key topics. ResoSummit then ends with a closing performance, either by a faculty member's band or ensemble, or a "Dobro All-Stars" performance featuring many faculty members, as was the case in 2009. This performance is scheduled to end by 6pm. Some participants leave on Sunday afternoon or evening; others stay overnight and leave on Monday, so we provide after-hours jamming space for Sunday night. Back to Top

Optional on-site housing

We offer on-site rooms at Scarritt-Bennett, a beautiful former college campus, as a convenient, low-cost option for ResoSummit participants. We also offer a group rate at the nearby Courtyard by Marriott (details below), and several other hotels are within walking distance to the Summit.

Room Description: Scarritt-Bennett rooms are renovated dorm rooms, with a shared bathroom located between two rooms.  If you stay on-site, you will be sharing a bathroom with one other ResoSummit participant. Although room size varies, almost all S-B rooms are very small rooms with ONE TWIN BED.  Linens are provided, but please note that there is no maid service during your stay; fresh towels/linens are available from the Front Desk in Laskey Hall. Back to Top

Standard & Upgraded Rooms: Scarritt-Bennett offers "standard" and "upgraded" rooms. Standard rooms are located in either Bragg Hall or Cadwallader Hall. Upgraded rooms are located in Gibson Hall. Please note that upgraded rooms DO NOT have a private bath. Upgraded rooms, unlike standard rooms, have TV and high-speed internet access. (Please note that wireless internet access plus several computers and a printer are available to all ResoSummit participants in the Laskey Building lobby/lounge area.)  All the dorms (both standard and upgraded) have a common lounge with a TV, refrigerator, sink, etc., for your use. If you have any special needs (a first floor room, a handicapped-accessible room, etc.), please let us know by email. Back to Top

Room availability: This year, we should have enough single rooms for everyone who signs up for one during registration. (Doubles are extremely limited; see the section on doubles rooms, below.) Please note that we may not be able to add a room for you later, if you don't reserve one now during registration. We are also able to cancel very few rooms once we have booked them, so please review our cancellation & refund policy carefully before booking an on-site room. Back to Top

Scarritt-Bennett's No-Smoking & No-Alcohol Policies: Please also note that Scarritt-Bennett is a non-smoking facility (even in its outdoor spaces, except for the public sidewalk surrounding the campus), and has a no-alcohol policy for all of its premises. Please do not reserve an on-site room if you want a room in which smoking or alcohol is allowed. Instead, we recommend one of the hotels in walking range of Scarritt-Bennett. (Note that we will be at the Station Inn each evening, and there are many restaurants and other establishments serving alcohol within a few blocks of S-B.) Back to Top

Available dates & extra days: We offer on-site rooms for either three nights (Thurs.-Sat. nights) or four nights (Thurs.-Sun. nights). If you want a room for a three-night period beginning on Friday instead of Thursday, please contact us by email or phone and let us know that; otherwise, 3-day bookings are for Thursday-Saturday nights. Some people travel to Nashville early, or stay late; if you wish to book a Scarritt-Bennett room for nights not covered by our room block, please contact Scarritt-Bennett directly at 1.866.420.5486, and they will accommodate you if possible. Back to Top

Rates: Standard room, 3 nights, $175; 4 nights, $230. Upgraded room, 3 nights, $235; 4 nights, $310. (All rates include taxes, the convention center room fee, and a service fee to cover credit card processing,) The cost for a doubles room is the same, but booking the adjacent room is now required (see below). Back to Top

Room sharing: Because the rooms are small and have only one twin bed, they are not suitable for sharing.  However, if you know other people who are attending ResoSummit, and would like to designate the person whose room will be adjacent to (and share a bath with) your room, we are happy to make those arrangements with Scarritt-Bennett if we have advance notice. Send us an email with this information by Sept. 1. Back to Top

Doubles rooms: A very limited number of doubles rooms are available. Some have two twins beds (Bragg or Gibson), and some have one double bed (Bragg) or one queen bed (Gibson). Because we have very few doubles rooms, we will give priority to couples and family groups for these rooms. A big change for 2010: doubles rooms will NOT have a private bath unless you pay for the adjacent room as well as your doubles room. This is because we are now required to pay for the adjacent room in order to give the doubles room a private bath. Therefore, for 2010, we will assign a doubles room to you only if you also book and pay for the adjacent room, or if you know someone who is willing to take the adjacent room. We will not otherwise be assigning individuals to a room adjacent to a double, to avoid having 3 people sharing one bathroom. In some cases, the room adjoining a doubles room is another doubles room; in other cases, it is a single. We will try our best to assign the doubles room configuration that best meets your needs. If you want a doubles room, please complete your registration survey as quickly as possible to establish your priority for room assignment, then send an email to us to let us know you are interested in a doubles room, and tell us what room configuration works best for you (double/queen bed; two twins; standard or upgraded). Pay your housing deposit only after you have confirmation from us that we can assign you rooms that meet your needs. Back to top

Participant Comments About On-Site Housing: On the 2009 post-Summit survey, on-site lodging was rated a 3.8 (on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1=poor and 5=excellent). Here are some of the comments ResoSummit participants have made about on-site lodging in our evaluation surveys:
"Scarritt-Bennett rooms are small, but the convenience of having rooms so close to the workshop spaces was a huge plus."
"Nice that there's wireless. I like the simple accommodations and prefer being on site. Nearby Starbucks is key!
"The room was a little stuffy, sharing a bathroom was a little inconvenient."
"The lodging was adequate and convenient."
"Hate sharing bathrooms - but the convenience was worth it."
"The lodging was plain, but adequate for what we needed."
"Rooms fine if tiny." Back to Top

Hotel Info: Our group rate at the nearby Courtyard by Marriott this year will be $110/night. (Note that hotel tax in Nashville is currently 15.25% plus a $2.50 per night convention center charge.) Ask for the ResoSummit group rate when you call to reserve.
Courtyard by Marriott Vanderbilt / West End
1901 West End Ave.
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: 615-327-9900; Toll-free (U.S. & Canada): 1-888-236-2427

If you are looking for other nearby hotels, "Vanderbilt", "Music Row" and "West End" are helpful geographic descriptives to help you find something close by. Back to Top

Frequently Asked Questions

What about meals? As ResoSummit gets closer, we'll post more information about on-site meals, which are optional. Meals must be ordered in advance, so we'll send a survey for this purpose in August. Check out the Restaurants+Diversions page to get an idea of the Scarritt-Bennett neighborhood and the many restaurants within walking distance. Many people like the convenience of on-site meals, and past Summiteers will be interested to know that the meals in 2009 were rated somewhat more highly than past years, though "adequate" and "reminiscent of college" continue to be typical descriptions.
When do I sign up for specific workshops? In August, we will post a list of workshop topics, and send you an online survey to use in signing up for specific workshops. We're working with faculty now to develop the workshops for the next ResoSummit, and will be offering some new topics along with core topics that have been popular in past years. (Heads up to 8-string dobro fans: Mike Auldridge will be teaching an 8-string workshop this year.)
Can you give me guidance on selecting the right playing level on the registration survey? This is a very inexact science - especially since many people are more advanced in some areas and less advanced in others. Just use your best judgment, and you'll have an opportunity to alter your selection, and provide more detailed comments, when you take the workshop survey in August.
Can my spouse/child/friend sit in as an observer?
Yes and no. You can buy "friends and family" tickets so that your family members or friends can attend the evening performances at The Station Inn. You can also purchase on-site meals for your friends and family. They are welcome to participate in after-hours jams. However, workshops and other daytime ResoSummit activities are open to registered participants only. Our Restaurants+Diversions webpage lists some interesting activities for Nashville visitors, and we'll update this list as ResoSummit gets closer.
I'll be flying to Nashville. Do I need a car for ResoSummit? You should be fine without one. There are lots of public transportation options for traveling from the airport to Scarritt-Bennett, and we help organize carpools and a shuttle to get people to the evening performances at The Station Inn.
Other questions? As ResoSummit gets closer, we'll post more information on our website to help you plan for the best possible Summit experience. If you have questions that need an immediate answer so you can decide whether to register, call or email us. Back to Top

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