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


The School of Music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is delighted to host the spring 2018 Meeting of the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the College Music Society. The faculty and students of UNLV look forward to welcoming the Society’s members and friends to our campus.

The information that follows may help you plan your visit and ensure that you enjoy your time in Las Vegas. You are encouraged also to read UNLV’s helpful “Guest Arrival Information”.

   Conference Schedule


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 for their name to be listed in the program.

Performers on concerts of works by CMS composers are not required to be members or pay registration fees unless these persons plan to attend conference sessions in addition to the one in which they are presenting or performing. In this case, they are expected to pay the registration fee accordingly.

At its discretion, the Program Committee may exempt from the membership and registration fee requirements specific individuals, such as invited speakers or guest panelists who are non-music professionals. It is the responsibility of the individual who submitted the proposal to, upon acceptance, make conference planners aware of all non-music professionals involved in their presentation and to request such an exemption.


  • noon Mountain Time on Friday, December 15: Registration Deadline: All presenters, performers, panelists, collaborative pianists, & composers whose works will be performed on the program must register to confirm their participation.

  • Thursday, February 22: Mail-in Registrations must be postmarked by this date.

  • noon Mountain Time on Thursday, February 22: Online registration closes. Participants must register on site after this date.


The conference registration fee allows admission to all conference sessions. CMS members should log into the website prior to registering to obtain the member rate.

Advance Registration (fees apply through noon Mountain Time on Thursday, February 22):
Non-Member: $130
CMS Member: $55
CMS Student Member: $35
CMS Retired Member: $35

On-Site Registration (fees apply after 12:01 pm Mountain Time on Thursday, February 22):
Non-Member: $145
CMS Member: $70
CMS Student Member: $50
CMS Retired Member: $50


noon Mountain Time on Thursday, February 22: Cancellations received before noon Mountain Time will be entitled to a full refund, less a $10 handling & processing charge. Registrations cancelled after 12:01 p.m. Mountain Time will not be entitled to a refund. Registrations are non-transferable.


Las Vegas has hundreds of hotels and motels from which to choose, and the scope of the options lies beyond this list. Attendees can consult travel Web sites and guide books for information about hotels, which offer experiences and prices that range from the most frugal to the most extravagant. It is strongly recommended that attendees book hotel rooms at the earliest opportunity; very attractive deals can be had at hotels in all price ranges, but prices are affected by conventions, sporting, gaming, and other events that draw large numbers of visitors, and so are very volatile. Three options that are relatively convenient to UNLV are the following:

Alexis Park All-Suites Resort
375 East Harmon Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89169
Phone: (702) 796-3395 / Fax: (702) 796-0766
Website: www.alexispark.com

A block of twenty rooms will be held for the nights of March 16 and 17 for conference attendees; reservations can be made at the rate of $89 per night. In order to book at the Alexis Park hotel at our negotiated rate, you must call them; you cannot book online and receive the rate. To book, call the hotel at 702-796-3300. Tell them that you are with the College Music Society, and give them the code BC01E18. The rate should be $89/night + taxes and fees (coming to a total of $114.11/night). In order to secure this rate, reservations must be made before February 23, 2018.

This hotel is on the west side of the UNLV campus, an approximately 25-30 minute walk to the School of Music's buildings (HFA). This is a resort-style hotel, with buildings scattered over a large property and several pool areas. In March, temperate weather typically allows the walk across campus to be comfortable; attendees may opt to use car transportation, which may take about 5-7 minutes. The hotel is a mid-tier resort catering mainly to tourists. It is relatively convenient not only to campus, but to a variety of restaurants on Paradise Road, including the facilities of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Hyatt Place
4520 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, Nevada,USA,89169
Tel: +1 702-369-3366
Fax: +1 702-369-0009

This hotel is on the west side of the UNLV campus, an approximately 25-30 minute walk to the School of Music's buildings (HFA). In March, temperate weather typically allows the walk across campus to be comfortable; car transportation may be advisable for some attendees. The hotel is a standard mid-range hotel frequently used by campus visitors. It is convenient not only to campus, but to a variety of restaurants, including the facilities of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Smoking is prevalent in public, non-dining areas of many casino hotels in Las Vegas; higher-end hotels will have better ventilation systems that minimize the impact of smoking; non-smoking rooms are, of course, available everywhere). The hotel is a resort-style hotel, with buildings scattered over a large property and several pool areas. It is convenient not only to campus, but to several restaurants, including the facilities of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, which are a block away.

BlueGreen Club 36
372 East Tropicana Avenue
Las Vegas, NV89169
Reservations: 702-856-2900

This hotel is to the west of the UNLV campus. The hotel is adjacent to several shopping and food conveniences. It is an all-suites hotel, and rooms typically have a master bedroom, kitchen, laundry, living room, and other amenities. They are reportedly very comfortable, and easily shared. The hotel is very nearby to, and indeed faces McCarran Airport. Its location is somewhat isolated; car or taxi transportation is recommended.

Other Hotels

In the vicinity of Hyatt Place and Alexis Park is the enormous Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Attendees who wish to have a more Vegas resort-style stay might be interested in this option (it will be filled with partying young people on a weekend). Rates here may be considerably higher than at the three recommended hotels; weekend rates especially may be high (deals can be had, however, depending on visitor traffic). It is the largest and best known of the casino properties near UNLV. The hotel has several restaurants and other amenities that may be of interest to attendees.

Hotels on the Las Vegas "Strip"

Some attendees may wish to explore lodging options on the Las Vegas Strip (Las Vegas Blvd.), which include luxury resorts that provide exceptional visitor experiences. Note that travel times between the Strip and UNLV can be lengthy and highly variable because of the extreme size of the resorts, vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and other factors.

Visiting Las Vegas

Weather in Las Vegas in March is generally quite comfortable, with temperatures ranging widely from 45 (night) to 85 degrees (day). The extremes of summer heat are unlikely, but to ensure comfort, consider the following suggestions:

  • Wear sunscreen, and, if you are very sensitive or unaccustomed to desert sun, carry an umbrella for shade while walking outdoors.
  • Stay hydrated; carry a bottle of water if walking any long distance. Visitors are often unaware how quickly dehydration occurs.
  • Bring lip gloss and other moisturizers.

UNLV is an urban campus, and visitors should exercise the vigilance and caution appropriate in any large city. Walking at night off-campus in the UNLV area is best done in groups and in well-lit areas. Always be aware of your surroundings and plan your travel-whether by taxi, bus, or foot-with safety in mind. Be especially alert when crossing wide streets such as Maryland Parkway: Las Vegas is not an especially pedestrian-friendly city, and some drivers can be insensitive, unaware, or aggressive.

Flying to Las Vegas

Attendees arriving by air are advised to consult up-to-date information about security or immigration policies and procedures at: www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/.

McCarran Airport is in the center of the city, and very convenient to UNLV. Walking from the airport to UNLV, however, is not recommended. For some visitors, taking a public bus after a long flight is neither appealing nor convenient. A taxi from the airport to campus or nearby hotels will cost between $14 and $17 on average, and the trip should take 8-12 minutes. Taxi stands are located outside the arrival areas of McCarran terminals and clearly marked. Uber and Lyft services are also available.

Getting Around

As in most cities in the Southwest and on the West Coast, it is most convenient to get around by car. There is, however, a large and well-run public bus system that can be used to travel between McCarran Airport and UNLV, and between UNLV and Las Vegas Blvd.

Public Bus Transportation

Bus routes: two public bus routes may be of particular use to attendees (see http://www.rtcsnv.com/transit/routes-maps-schedules/transit-guide/).

Bus no. 109: transportation between McCarran Airport and UNLV

Bus no. 202: transportation along Flamingo Boulevard to and from Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Rd/Maryland Parkway intersection (near the UNLV Music building).

Parking on the UNLV campus is inexpensive. If you are using a car during the conference, it is best to purchase a weekly student parking pass for (see http://www.unlv.edu/parking for more information). Major hotels on the Strip have recently established fees for parking; on most streets and in most off-Strip locations (with the exception of the downtown Fremont district) parking is free.

Distances between the large hotels on the Strip are visually deceptive; the properties are very large, and crossing from one hotel to the next can be a fifteen-minute or longer hike. If you visit the Strip, be prepared to walk long distances.

Returning to McCarran International Airport by Taxi

If you are returning to McCarran by taxi for an early morning flight, you should call a taxi company the evening before departure to schedule your morning pickup. You should in any event reserve a taxi several hours before a scheduled airport departure, unless you are staying at a major hotel where taxis are plentiful. It is not possible to hail a taxi on the street in Las Vegas. In the case of an early morning reservation, taxi companies generally call you about thirty minutes before your scheduled pickup to make sure you are ready. Uber and Lyft cars are also available.

In general, you should arrive at McCarran at least seventy minutes prior to a domestic departure (earlier for international departures); consult your airline or McCarran International Airport for more information. It will take a taxi between eight and twelve minutes for the door-to-door trip from campus (times from hotels will vary). Security lines in McCarran's Terminal 1 seem to move more quickly than those in the newer Terminal 3. If your flight departs from Terminal 3, you are likely to have a longer security wait and a longer distance to walk to get to your departure gate. If you are leaving from Terminal 3, then, it is wise to budget extra time.

Breakfast and Lunch during the Conference

Breakfast and lunch options near the UNLV campus will be described in a separate document.

Enjoying the Vegas Strip

You may want to spend some of your free time visiting the attractions on Las Vegas Boulevard, where you will find a vast range of entertainments, both adult- and family-oriented. Consult tourist Web sites and guide books for detailed information about the Strip and other Las Vegas tourist attractions, but I will offer a few recommendations based on personal experience that you may find helpful. Some of these can, for example, be visited on Sunday after the conference if you have time prior to your departure.

Entertainment, Museums, and Other Attractions

  • Las Vegas's new Smith Center for the Performing Arts, a neo Art Deco complex near the downtown (north) part of the city, hosts classical, Broadway, jazz, and other musical performances throughout the year. Check their Web site for events taking place during your visit.
  • Las Vegas is home to several unique Cirque du Soleil productions. These, and many other shows on the Strip, often have two performances in the course of an evening. You may be able to attend a later show following conference events or dinners.
  • The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art hosts small, well-curated art exhibits.
  • The new "Mob Museum" in downtown Las Vegas has excellent historical displays and resources related to the history of organized crime in Las Vegas.
  • The National Atomic Testing Museum, conveniently located at the edge of the UNLV campus, has fine exhibits and documents about the history of atomic testing in Nevada.
  • The Neon Museum, which can be toured by appointment, preserves some of the extraordinary neon signage from Las Vegas's famous, but now departed hotels and other businesses.
  • The aquarium at Mandalay Bay is a modestly-sized, but well-designed attraction.
  • A recent addition to Las Vegas's attractions is the High Roller, a London Eye-style Ferris wheel that offers great views of the city.
  • Las Vegas has numerous traditional and outlet malls; some are attractions in and of themselves, such as the Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace, which hilariously creates an ancient world populated by over 150 retail shops.
  • Organized visits to surrounding nature sites such as the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area can be arranged; consult relevant Web sites for further information.
  • Attendees who extend their visits some days before or after the conference may consider visits to the Grand Canyon or to national parks such as Zion or Bryce in southern Utah. Inform yourself about seasonal conditions, distances, and lodging in these locations before visiting.
  • Dining and Cocktails on and off the Strip
  • On evenings when no conference events are planned, you may want to sample Las Vegas's excellent restaurants and lounges. Of the hundreds of options available, a few to consider are:
  • Modern cocktails and people watching at Chandelier Bar (in the Cosmopolitan)
  • Cocktails at the roof-top bars of Mandalay Bay, The Hotel, The Palms, or the Rio.
  • Classic Prohibition-era cocktails and very good food at Herbs & Rye (on West Sahara Avenue)
  • Thai cuisine at Lotus of Siam restaurant (on East Flamingo Rd.)
  • Very high-end hamburgers, fries, and shakes at Gordon Ramsay's Burgr (at Planet Hollywood)
  • Mexican food at the very lively Lindo Michoacan (East Desert Inn Blvd)
  • Brunch, lunch, or dinner buffets at the Cosmopolitan, Caesar's Palace, or Paris hotel
  • A wide variety of Asian cuisines in Las Vegas's Chinatown, an area located east of the Strip on Spring Mountain Road

Locations on the Strip can be reached by car, bus, and monorail(!); locations off the Strip are best reached by taxi or rental car.

Every major hotel in Las Vegas houses one or more world-class restaurants-consult individual hotel Web sites for further information. Note that dining on the Strip can be quite expensive; excellent inexpensive options abound off the Strip. Good ethnic cuisines of almost any kind can be found in Las Vegas.

Smoking Regulations

There is no smoking permitted in UNLV facilities.

Smoking remains permitted in casinos and bars in Las Vegas, but not in spaces where food is served. Most restaurants are therefore smoke-free. When visiting casino hotels, visitors may need to walk through smoking areas for registration or other purposes. Smoke-free hotel rooms are available everywhere, and indeed smoke-free hotels can be found.

Groceries and Pharmaceuticals

There is a grocery store and a pharmacy within walking distance of UNLV; these and most other grocery stores and many pharmacies throughout Las Vegas are open 24 hours. There are numerous convenience stores (Seven Eleven, etc.) near UNLV where you can purchase sundries.