2017 Rocky Mountain Regional Conference

32nd Rocky Mountain Regional Conference
March 24–25, 2017
Eastern New Mexico University ◊ Portales, New Mexico


Registration Policy
All persons who derive professional benefit from attending a CMS conference (1) must hold current membership in CMS and (2) are required to register. This includes anyone whose name appears in the program: all accompanists, composers, panelists, and presenters. Likewise, any presenter who connects to the conference as by electronic means (e.g., Skype) must hold current membership and register for the event. Co-authors of research papers must register for and attend the conference in order for their name to be listed in the program.

The following are exempted from the membership and registration requirement: (1) guest presenters invited by the program committee (e.g., plenary speakers, workshop leaders), (2) panelists or co-presenters who are non-music professionals (e.g., brain specialists, librarians, university president), and (3) performers on concerts of works by CMS composers. If, however, these individuals wish to attend sessions in addition to the one in which they are presenting or performing, they will be asked to pay the registration fee accordingly. It is the responsibility of the individual who submitted the proposal to make conference planners aware of all non-music professionals involved in their presentation.

Registration Deadlines
Please note the following timeline for conference registration (all deadlines are Mountain Time):

  • Thursday, December 15: All presenters, performers, panelists, accompanists, & composers whose works will be performed on the program must register by 12 noon MDT.
  • Wednesday, February 22: Late fee applies from 12:01 pm MST onward.
  • Thursday, March 9: Last day to cancel and receive a refund (less $20 service fee).
  • Thursday, March 9: Mail-in Registrations must be postmarked by this date.
  • Wednesday, March 15: Online registration closes at 12:00 pm MST. Participants must register on site after this date.

The conference registration fee allows admission to all conference sessions.

Registration (fees apply through 12 noon MDT on February 22):
$ 90 Non-Member
$ 65 CMS Member
$ 35 CMS Student Member
$ 45 CMS Retired Member

Late Registration (a $15 late fee applies after 12:01 pm MDT on February 22):
$105 Non-Member
$ 80 CMS Member
$ 50 CMS Student Member
$ 60 CMS Retired Member

Cancellation Policy
Conference registration can be cancelled only in writing to CMS ([email protected]).

  1. Conference registrations cancelled on or before 12:00 noon MST on March 9, 2017 will be entitled to a full refund less a $20 handling & processing charge. Registrations cancelled after 12:01 p.m. MDT on March 9, 2017 will not be entitled to a refund.
  2. All refunds will be issued within one month of the event’s conclusion.
  3. Registrations are non-transferable.


Lynn BrinkmeyerLynn Brinckmeyer

Dr. Lynn M. Brinckmeyer is Professor of Music, Associate Director for the School of Music and Director of Choral Music Education at Texas State University. During 2006-2008 she served as President for The National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC). Past offices include: President for the Northwest Division of MENC, Music Educators Journal Editorial Board, Washington Music Educators Association General Music Curriculum Chair and Conn-Selmer University Advisory Board. She also served as a Music Expert on the Disney, “Let’s Play Music” Site. In addition to chairing the Eastern Washington University Music Department for six years and conducting the EWU Concert Choir, Dr. Brinckmeyer received both the PTI Excellence in Teaching Award and the CenturyTel Award for outstanding faculty. Other awards include the MENC Lowell Mason Fellow, Washington Music Educators Association Hall of Fame, the MENC Northwest Division Distinguished Service Award and Eastern New Mexico University’s Outstanding Alumni Award.

Dr. Brinckmeyer recently published Wander the World with Warm-ups with Hal Leonard Publishing; her book Advocate for Music with Oxford University Press is available January, 2016. Dr. Brinckmeyer is also a contributing author for Interactive Music – Powered by Silver Burdett, The Music Director’s Cookbook: Creative Recipes for a Successful Program and The Choral Director’s Cookbook: Insights and Inspired Recipes for Beginners and Experts. She founded the Eastern Washington University Girls’ Chorus while teaching at EWU. She also served as Artistic Director for the Idaho State Children’s Chorus in Pocatello, Idaho and the South Hill Children’s Chorus in Spokane, Washington. Dr. Brinckmeyer is a co-founder and Artistic Director for the Hill Country Youth Chorus in San Marcos, Texas.

Dr. Brinckmeyer’s degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Music Education from Eastern New Mexico University, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from The University of Kansas. In New Mexico she taught elementary music and middle school choir, then moved to higher education in the Pacific Northwest. At Texas State University Dr. Brinckmeyer teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral music education. She serves as Associate Director for the School of Music, Coordinator for Music Education, and directs the Texas State Women’s Choir. Each summer Dr. Brinckmeyer teaches classes for Will Schmid’s World Music Drumming workshops. She has conducted all state choirs and honor choirs, lectured, presented master classes and performed in forty-nine states in the United States and sixteen different countries, including China, Brazil, South Africa and Cuba.

Coffee, water, and snacks will be available throughout the conference. The registration fee will cover the Business Meeting lunch on Saturday (vegan option available). Information regarding local restaurants coming soon. A no-host group lunch may be offered on Friday for those wanting to participate. There will also be a host-offered closing reception on Saturday.

(rates available Thursday, March 23 – Sunday, March 26)

1. Almost Home B and B
(Rev. Gary & Judy Piepkorn)
8168 NM 206
Portales, NM 88130 (not within walking distance to ENMU)
Three rooms; call for availability
Rate: $89.00/night + tax
Reservations Deadline: until booked
Reserve by phone: 575-356-0011

2. Super 8 Motel
1805 W 2nd Street
Portales, NM 88130
Rate: $70/night + tax
Reservations Deadline: February 27, 2017
Reserve by phone: 575-356-8518 (mention “College Music Society Rocky Mt Chapter”)

3. Holiday Inn Express
1901 W. 2nd Street
Portales, NM 88130
Rate: $ 99/night + tax
Reservations Deadline: February 27, 2017
Reserve by phone: 575-356-4723 (mention “College Music Society Rocky Mt Chapter”)

4. Various hotels in Clovis, NM (about a 20-25 mile/minute drive)

Air travel

1. Preferred airport - Lubbock TX (LBB), 105 miles away, (806) 775-2035, rental cars available on site.

2. Preferred airport – Amarillo, TX, (AMA) Rick Husband Airport, 125 miles away, (806) 335-1671, rental cars available on site.

*NOTE* Portales, NM is on Mountain Time and Lubbock, TX is on Central time. When you land in TX, you will go back an hour when arriving in NM. However, when you leave for TX, you may want to consider a late morning flight at the earliest, or else plan for a 4-hour trip – 2 hour drive, 1 hour ahead for time change, and 1 hour airport arrival before the flight.

3. Other option – Albuquerque, NM (ABQ) – 226 miles away, a long drive (4 hrs + or so), yet no time change as in TX. Preferable to drive to/from during daylight hours. Very few food options along the way.

Driving to Portales

It is approximately an 8-9 hour drive from the Denver area to Portales. While this is a more time consuming option than flying, it does give you the opportunity to allow for additional time given any inclement weather.

Driving to ENMU

If you are driving to the Music Building (MB) from the Holiday Inn Express or Super Eight, take a right out of the parking lot and the first stoplight you arrive at will have the University Theater on the right. Go thru that light and go past the Theater and then turn directly right in to the Computer Center parking lot. (If you drive by 30/35 mph sign, you’ve gone too far.) The back of the Music Building is to the right and has rocks instead of grass. This lot fills quickly and is one way. If this lot is filled, continue right out of the lot and then take your next right in to the large Administration Lot. Park in any of the available slots that are not labeled “visitor – 30 minutes” or painted yellow. If you park in this lot, the Administration Building will be facing you and the Music Building is directly to the right back behind the SAS building. Map forthcoming.


Parking at ENMU is free, but a permit is required to avoid campus police ticketing. Once registered, all participants will be contacted to confirm need for a parking pass and method of delivery. We can leave them at your hotel (let us know hotel), or we can mail you one on Tuesday, March 7 (let us know your preferred mailing address). Keep pass on left side of dashboard so it’s very visible. The passes are dated from Thursday through Sunday; all names “VIP guests”. Please contact Tracy Carr, [email protected] for your pass and method of delivery (mail or hotel delivery).

ADA Compliance

Our Building is fully accessible with ramp at front entrance and elevator. The CUB (Campus Union Building) for the Keynote lunch on Saturday is also accessible with ramp and elevator.


www.weather.com 10 day and hourly forecasts. It’s very dry in NM, so we’ll have a bottle or two of water for each of you. Do bring more for yourself if you think you’ll want or need more.

Activities in the Area

  • ENMU Blackwater Draw Museum, 575-562-2202 (3 miles way, 1 way)
  • Norman & Vi Petty Rock and Roll Museum, 105 E. Grand, Clovis, NM , 5775-763-3435, www.pettymuseum.org, or www.mornampettystudio.com (25 miles, 1 way)
  • Billy the Kid Museum, Fort Sumner NM, 575-355-2380, 1435 East Sumner Avenue, www.BillytheKidMuseumFortSumner.com, (70 miles, 1 way, on way to/from ABQ)
  • UFO Museum, 114 North Main Street, Roswell, NM, 800-822-3545, www.roswellufomuseum.com. (90 miles, 1 way)
  • Ruidoso, NM (about 3 hours away 1 way, wilderness, skiing, etc.)
  • Albuquerque, NM (about 4 - 4.5 hours away, 1 way)
  • Santa Fe, NM (about 3.5 – 4 hours away, 1 way)

Our schedule will be very tight so please be mindful of the time limit for your presentation, lecture, or lecture-recital as well as set up and breakdown times. Session chairs will have time cards at 5, 3, and 1 minute intervals.

Practice Rooms
There will be 30-minute sign up slots on our practice rooms. We have many practice rooms so there will be no problem finding a room and time to fit your schedule.

Hand outs
Estimate about 30-35 copies.

Student Assistants
Our KKY students will be assisting with registration, crew, ushering, etc. If you have any specific needs they can assist you with, please let us know and we will forward your request on to them ASAP.

Concert Recordings
The 2 Composers’ Concerts will be recorded. Prices and ordering details coming soon. (Probably no more than $7.00). Sound check schedule forthcoming.

Thank You
Thank you for your interest and participation in our Conference! We know getting here may take a little bit of time, but for all those who register super early by January 7, 2017 (1/7/17), you’ll receive a great free gift!



Questions regarding this conference may be directed to:
Maxine Fawcett-Yeske, 2017 CMS-RM Program Chair