2018 Rocky Mountain Regional Conference

33rd Rocky Mountain Regional Conference
March 30–31, 2018
Metropolitan State University of Denver ◊ Denver, Colorado
 

Submission Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of The College Music Society will hold its Thirty-Third Regional Conference March 30–31, 2018, at Metropolitan State University of Denver. The program will include scholarly discourse, the performance of music by CMS performers, and the presentation of new music by CMS composers.

The 2018 Program Committee welcomes proposals for presentations relating to all fields of college music, including music creation, performance, scholarship, teaching, learning, career considerations, and other areas of interest to the music profession. The Program Committee solicits the broadest representation of our profession and its interests, and welcomes submissions from all including those (a) in academia (full-time and adjunct faculty, community college faculty, graduate students, and retired faculty), (b) in the music industry, and (c) active as independent musicians and scholars.

Student presenters are eligible for consideration for an award for Outstanding Student Presentation, including a cash prize.

Proposals may relate to the general interests of music in higher education, or to specific disciplines and areas of interest—administration, career issues, composition, cultural inclusion, ethnomusicology/global music, music education/teacher training, music in general studies, music theory and analysis, historical and popular musicology, community engagement and outreach, performance, and pedagogy.

The 2018 Program Committee particularly encourages proposals that:

  1. relate to The College Music Society’s 2018 National Topic, “Diversity and Inclusion.” The Program Committees hope that fresh ideas will emerge for sharing the work of our fields with various communities.
  2. capitalize on our organization’s unique ability to foster communication among music disciplines, as well as between music and other disciplines. Proposals concerning interdisciplinary initiatives in teaching, research, and performance are particularly welcome.
  3. relate to music and musical practices that are indigenous to the Rocky Mountain region, including those of Native American and Hispanic cultures.
  4. address the lives and works of composers for whom the year 2018 is significant.

Additionally, proposals are encouraged that:

  1. consider general and specific curricular issues.
  2. present creative approaches and solutions to continuing curricular challenges in music.
  3. propose unconventional possibilities for consideration and exploration by those in our field.

Papers, lecture-recitals, demonstrations, and performances are limited to 25 minutes, and workshops, discussion forums, and panels to 55 minutes. Click here for a description of proposal formats.


GUIDELINES

  • The Program Committee will conduct a blind review of all proposals. Proposals for original musical works are to be submitted separately in response to the Call for Scores.

  • Proposers must be members of The College Music Society. Please note that the processing time for membership applications and/or renewals is 1–2 business days. Persons interested in submitting a proposal are encouraged to check their membership status well in advance of the submission deadline.

  • Proposers may submit ONE proposal per person for each of the following categories: demonstrations, forums, lecture-recitals, paper presentations, panels, performances, and workshops). If more than one proposal by the same member is accepted, only one will be programmed at the discretion of the program committee.

  • Proposers must submit their own work and may not submit proposals on behalf of their students or others.

  • In the spirit of professional community, all persons whose work is selected for inclusion on the program must register for and attend the full conference. Registration is not required of paid accompanists/session performers unless these persons plan to attend sessions in addition to the one in which they are performing.

  • It is understood that participants are willing to present on either day of the conference should their proposals be accepted.

  • Proposers must communicate with their co-presenters and/or panelists regarding their interest and availability prior to submitting a proposal.


PREPARATION OF MATERIALS

  • Electronic submissions are required. Proposals sent by mail will not be considered.

  • The proposer’s name should not appear in the title, abstract, or in any uploaded materials, as submissions are evaluated anonymously.

  • The College Music Society's conference submission process is powered by Submittable. To submit a proposal, please (1) log in to the CMS members-only website using your user name and password and then (2) click the 'Submit' button at the bottom of this call. You will be directed to Submittable to complete your proposal. If you don't already have a Submittable account, you will be prompted to establish one. (Click here for help using Submittable and to view a list of Frequently Asked Questions.)

  • A complete proposal includes:
  1. The proposal’s title & format.
  2. An abstract of 250 words or less.
    Preparing an Abstract—The Program Committee chooses presentations based primarily on the abstract as submitted, so it is important to write an abstract that the Committee will understand and can evaluate fairly. The purpose of the abstract is to convey to the reader what will be said in the presentation. Do not merely describe the subject or list the topics to be covered. Rather, state the main point of the presentation, outline the subsidiary points, and summarize the evidence offered, so that someone who has not heard the presentation can know in brief what it will say and can evaluate its contribution to our knowledge and understanding of music. The abstract, like the presentation itself, should be clear to an audience of musicians and music educators of all kinds, not just to those with a narrow specialty. While it may be necessary to set the context or lay out the problem to be addressed, this should be kept to a minimum. 

    Performance proposals must include program notes of 250 words or less in lieu of an abstract.
  3. Proposals for lecture-recitals and performances must also include an mp3 recording of the proposer’s performance of at least one of the works to be presented. Sound files are not required for other submissions.
  4. A list of required equipment and Internet needs.
  5. A brief biography of the proposer (not to exceed 250 words).
  6. Name of performing ensemble, if applicable.
  7. A brief biography (250-word maximum per person) and contact information for ALL involved persons. Pianists must be named in this section. If your presentation includes 3 or more persons, download this spreadsheet, save the file using your name as the file name (e.g., smith-john.xlsx), and complete the requested information for each involved person. You will be required to upload this completed file with your proposal.

Please note: Submissions with proposer identity disclosed will be disqualified at the discretion of the program committee. Submissions that do not conform to the above guidelines will not be considered.


ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES FOR OUTSTANDING STUDENT AWARD PRESENTATION COMPETITION

Student presenters are eligible for consideration for an award for Outstanding Presentation, including a cash prize. Students must be members of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of The College Music Society, and must request consideration for the award via an e-mail to the Chair of the Student Awards Committee, Joice Gibson at with “2018 Student Award Presentation Consideration” in the subject line by December 15, 2017, along with a copy of the accepted submission (paper, lecture-recital, composition etc.) along with proof of full-time student status (email from current college professor).


SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Proposals must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. MST on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.


TIMELINE

Proposers will be notified no later than Tuesday, November 14, 2017.


QUESTIONS?

Questions about the Call for Papers, proposal requirements, or general program questions may be directed to:

Jooeun Pak, Program Chair
2018 CMS-RM Regional Conference

You must be a CMS member to submit a proposal.
Please log in and the 'Submit' button will appear in this location. Or, click here to join CMS.

 

Submission Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of The College Music Society will hold its Thirty-Third Regional Conference March 30–31, 2018, at Metropolitan State University of Denver. The program will include scholarly discourse, the performance of music by CMS performers, and the presentation of new music by CMS composers.

The 2018 Composition Review Committee of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of The College Music Society welcomes CMS members, including faculty members, retirees, students, and independent musicians, to submit compositions to be included on a recital of works by CMS composers and performers.

The portion of the concert dedicated to electronic works will be limited to two-channel stereo. Tape-alone pieces and tape-plus-live-performer works are encouraged. Student performers and composers are eligible for consideration for an award for Outstanding Student Composition/Performance, including a cash prize.


GUIDELINES

  • The Composition Review Committee will conduct a blind review of all proposals. NOTE: Proposals for papers and/or lecture-recitals are to be submitted separately in response to the Call for Program Participation.

  • Proposers must be members of The College Music Society. Persons interested in submitting a proposal are encouraged to check their membership status well in advance of the submission deadline. Please note the processing time for membership applications and/or renewals is 1-2 business days.

  • A maximum submission of two acoustic works and/or electronic works per person is allowed. Members may submit proposals for program participation, including papers and/or lecture-recitals.

  • Proposers are responsible for providing performers and providing all instruments except for piano. Note that the MSU Denver concert venue is an intimate fitting for solo through mid-sized chamber works. Large ensemble works, unfortunately, cannot be accommodated.

  • Compositions of any length may be submitted; however, works that exceed 10 minutes may need to be excerpted for the CMS concert program.

  • It is understood that proposers are willing to perform on either day of the conference should their proposal be accepted.

  • Performers who attend the conference only as the guest performer of a composer (i.e., do not attend other sessions) are not required to pay the conference registration fee.

  • In the spirit of professional community, all composers selected must register for and attend the full conference. Registration is not required of performers on concerts of works by CMS composers unless these persons plan to attend sessions in addition to the one in which they are performing.

  • The Society can make available no travel monies for accepted composers, nor for any performers.


PREPARATION OF MATERIALS

  • Electronic submissions are required. Please do not mail proposals.

  • The College Music Society's conference submission process is powered by Submittable. To submit a proposal, please (1) log in to the CMS members-only website using your user name and password and then (2) click the 'Submit' button at the bottom of this call. You will be directed to Submittable to complete your proposal. If you don't already have a Submittable account, you will be prompted to establish one. (Click here for help using Submittable and to view a list of Frequently Asked Questions.)

  • The composer's name should not appear either in the program notes or on the score itself, as submissions are evaluated anonymously.

  • A complete proposal includes:
    1. The score’s title, instrumentation, and duration, rounding up to the nearest half minute.
    2. A PDF copy of the full score and individual parts (anonymous). The score may be notated at concert pitch or transposed but the composer is asked to make this clear in the score. Multi-movement scores should be merged into a single PDF file, as should all parts.
    3. MP3 sound files of the work are encouraged but are not required. If MP3 files are submitted, they should not contain the composer’s name either in the name of the file or in the file itself. Most audio file formats are supported within Submittable.
    4. Program notes (not to exceed 250 words).
    5. A list of required equipment and Internet needs (Internet connections may include a fee).
    6. A brief biography of the composer (not to exceed 250 words).
    7. Name of performing ensemble, if applicable.
    8. Biography of ensemble or performer(s) (maximum total text of 250 words). Ensemble biographies may briefly address the achievements of each ensemble member; however, separate biographies of each individual performer are not requested in this case.
    9. Contact details for all performers, including an email address, mailing address, and phone number for each person. Please download this spreadsheet, save the file using your name as the file name (e.g., smith-john.xlsx), and complete the requested information for each involved person. You will be required to upload this completed file with your proposal.

Please Note:

  • Submissions with proposer identity disclosed will be disqualified at the discretion of the program committee.
  • Submissions that do not conform to the above guidelines will not be considered.


ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES FOR OUTSTANDING STUDENT AWARD PRESENTATION COMPETITION

Student presenters are eligible for consideration for an award for Outstanding Presentation, including a cash prize. Students must be members of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of The College Music Society, and must request consideration for the award via an e-mail to the Chair of the Student Awards Committee, Joice Gibson at with “2018 Student Award Presentation Consideration” in the subject line by December 15, 2017, along with a copy of the accepted submission (paper, lecture-recital, composition etc.) along with proof of full-time student status (email from current college professor).


SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Scores must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. MST on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.


TIMELINE

Proposers will be notified no later than Tuesday, November 14, 2017.


QUESTIONS?

Questions about the Call for Scores, proposal details, or other aspects of the performances by CMS composers and performers should be directed to:

Cherise Leiter, Composition Committee Chair
2018 CMS-RM Regional Conference

You must be a CMS member to submit a proposal.
Please log in and the 'Submit' button will appear in this location. Or, click here to join CMS.