2018 CMS Pacific Southwest Regional Conference (7th)
March 16–18, 2018
University of Nevada–Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada

 

Submission Deadline: 11:59 pm MST on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Pacific Southwest Chapter of the College Music Society is pleased to announce its Call for Program Participation for its Regional Conference on March 16–18, 2018 at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The Program Committee welcomes proposals from diverse perspectives including any topic taught as an academic music course, discipline, or program within institutions of higher education. The Chapter is also interested in providing a forum for music professionals from all educational settings including students, faculty, independent musicians, and retired educators.

Proposals may be submitted for an individual paper, panel consisting of several discussants, discussion forum, lecture-recital, or poster session. Lecture-recital proposals may involve a solo instrument or small ensemble (a piano will be available). The poster session will be held Saturday afternoon in the lobby of Doc Rando.

NOTE: Proposals for scores are to be submitted separately in response to the Call for Scores.

GUIDELINES

  1. Proposers, including all members of a panel, must be members of The College Music Society. For those who are not current members of CMS, please allow three business days for the Executive Office to process membership applications. Please check your membership status before submitting a proposal.

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

  3. Proposers may submit up to two proposals for the conference.

  4. All persons whose work is selected for inclusion on the program must register for the full conference.

  5. It is understood that proposers (papers, panels, lecture-recitals) are willing to present on either day of the conference should their proposal(s) be accepted.

  6. Electronic submissions are required. Please do not mail proposals. Complete instructions are found within the online proposal system.

  7. The proposer’s name(s) should not appear in the title, abstract or in any uploaded materials as submissions are evaluated anonymously. Any proposal that includes the name of the proposer(s) is likely to receive an automatic rejection.

  8. Complete proposals include the following:
    1. The proposal title and format.
    2. An abstract not exceeding 200 words.

      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.
    3. A list of required audio-visual equipment.
    4. A brief biography of all presenters involved (150-word maximum per person). 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.
       
  9. Proposals for lecture-recitals must also include a brief recording of the presenter to demonstrate proficiency.

  10. Submissions that do not adhere to the above guidelines will not be considered.

  11. 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.)

TIMELINE

Proposals must be submitted by 11:59 pm Mountain Time on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.
Proposers will be notified no later than October 19, 2017.

QUESTIONS?

Questions regarding this call should be directed to:
Jonathan Lee, 2017 PSW Program Chair

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. Mountain Time on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Pacific Southwest Chapter of The College Music Society will hold its Regional Conference March 16-18, 2018 in the UNLV School of Music at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The 2018 Composition Committee of The College Music Society’s Pacific Southwest Chapter 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 scheduled for Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 7pm.

GUIDELINES

  • The Score 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 works, acoustic and/or electronic per person is allowed. Electronic works will be limited to two-channel stereo. Tape-alone pieces and tape-plus-live-performer works are welcome. Members may also submit proposals for program participation, including papers and/or lecture-recitals.

  • To support this concert and the conference, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, will make available some performers for this concert*, but composers are strongly encouraged to secure their own performers or to submit tape works (no live electronics). Performers available (one of each): flute (+picc, +alto flute), oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, percussion (standard instruments), harp, violin, viola, cello. Electronic works are limited to stereo fixed media alone or live performer plus fixed media.

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

  • In order to program works by several different composers, submissions should be under 15 minutes in length.

  • It is understood that proposers are willing for their pieces to be performed 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.

  • Electronic submissions are required. Please do not mail proposals. Complete instructions will be found within the online proposal system.

  • 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.

  • Complete proposals include the following:
    1. The score title, instrumentation, and duration.
    2. A PDF copy of the full score. The score may be notated at concert pitch or transposed but the composer is asked to make this clear for the performer.
    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, such as in the properties of the file.
    4. Program notes (not to exceed 250 words).
    5. A list of required equipment and Internet needs.
    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. 
  • Submissions that do not conform to the above guidelines will not be considered.

  • 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.)

TIMELINE

Proposals must be submitted by 11:59 pm Mountain Time on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.
Proposers will be notified no later than October 19, 2017.

QUESTIONS?

Questions regarding this call should be directed to
Jennifer Bellor, 2018 PSW Composition Chair

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.

 

* Nextet is the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, resident new music ensemble that is dedicated to performing the best in the new and unusual repertoire as well as established works of the 20th century.

The Nextet ensemble is made up of the advanced performing students, supplemented by faculty members and UNLV alumni. It is the resident ensemble of the College of Fine Arts and School of Music’s annual Nevada Encounters Of New Music (N.E.O.N.) conference and festival.

In addition to premiering new works by our composition students and faculty, the ensemble collaborates and performs works by many visiting composers, who have included:

Paul Chihara, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Daron Hagen, Ian Krouse, Libby Larsen, Erica Muhl, Marta Ptaszynska, Shulamit Ran, Bernard Rands, Augusta Read, Thomas Roger Reynolds, Joel Sachs, Lucy Shelton, Steven Stucky, Chen Yi

Questions regarding this call should be directed to:
Jonathan Lee, 2017 PSW Program Chair