2017 National Conference Overview

The College Music Society will hold its Sixtieth National Conference October 26–28, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas, in conjunction with the 2017 National Conference of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI).

CMS National Conferences routinely attract over 400 faculty, administrators, graduate students, independent scholars, composers, publishers, and music business personnel who share a common interest and dedication to the improvement of music and its relationship to the other academic disciplines of higher education.

The conference program presents higher education's broadest array of topics dealing with music. Academic citizenship, administration, music business and industry, careers in music, community engagement, composition, cultural inclusion, ethnomusicology, higher education, mentoring, music education, music in general studies, music technology, music theory, musicology, performance, and the scholarship of teaching and learning are explored in a variety of formats, including open discussions. Through papers, performances, lecture-recitals, lightning talks, panels, posters, and workshop sessions, CMS conferences provide the opportunity to consider the philosophy and practice of music as an integral part of higher education. Through formal sessions, open forums, and dialogue with colleagues from around the world, these meetings provide the opportunity to share insights and perspectives on teaching, to hear new and unusual musics, to experience regional musics, to discuss American musical life and culture, and to consider future directions for the art of music.


The deadline for proposal submissions passed on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. Additional proposals may not be submitted at this time.

Proposers may expect to be notified of their status no later than March 31, 2017. All submitters will receive notification by email. Those invited to present on the program will also receive a hard copy invitation via U.S. Mail.


For questions related to this program, contact:
Donna T. Emmanuel, 2017 Program Chair