Student Advisory Council

snodgrass_jennifertrantham_geneJennifer Snodgrass, Appalachian State University, and 
Gene Trantham, Bowling Green State University

Co-Chairs, CMS Student Advisory Council

The Student Advisory Council (SAC) has been extremely active in 2012, continuing to focus on the needs of both undergraduate and graduate students. Two initiatives emerged as priorities for members of the SAC:

1. Provide support for institutions interested in starting a CMS student chapter
2. Maintain a high level of visibility at the national meeting in terms of student presentations and forums

The current members of the council are as follows:

Peter J. Learn, Southern Chapter
Tracy McFarlan, Northeast Chapter
Justin Glosson, South Central Chapter
Keegan T. Watson, Great Lakes Chapter
Nicholas S. Omiccioli, Great Plains Chapter
Heather Strohschein, Pacific Southwest Chapter
Matthew Simon Wilson, Rocky Mountain Chapter
Katherine Burkhalter, Mid-Atlantic Chapter

Christopher Swanson, Performance, Longwood University
Gregory D. Carroll, Composition, Univ. of North Carolina-Greensboro
Kevin W. Gerrity, Music Education, Ball State University
Reeves Shulstad, Musicology, Appalachian State University
Melissa E. Hoag, Music Theory, Oakland University

Student Advisory Board Members pictured left:  Learn, Watson, Burkhalter, Glosson, WilsonSAC

2012 National Meeting, San Diego

The 2012 national conference provided an excellent opportunity for the SAC to reach out to student members. Many student attendees at the meeting were there for the first time, and the SAC maintained a constant effort to include these students in discussion and activities. In consultation with the national office, several internships and scholarships were offered for the first time to student members. Registration waivers were given to all student chapter presidents and student volunteers (registration desk, concert assistance, logistics).


Perhaps one of the most productive and engaging moments of the conference came in the student forum held on Friday morning. Twenty-four undergraduate and graduate students from various disciplines and regions, along with several faculty, including those not on the SAC, were in attendance. The topics in the forum included: