Call for Papers & Posters

Submission Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The College Music Society will hold its Sixty-First National Conference October 11–13, 2018, at the JW Marriott parq Vancouver in Vancouver, British Columbia, in conjunction with the 2018 National Conferences of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI), National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI), and Pi Kappa Lambda (PKL).

The 2017 Program Committee of The College Music Society welcomes proposals for scholarly research papers and poster presentations relating to all aspects of music creation, performance, scholarship, teaching, learning, career considerations, and other areas of interest to the music professional. Papers are 25-minute spoken presentations and may involve audio-visual documentation or support. Posters present an idea or project via a compelling visual display. A specific time will be scheduled for poster authors to simultaneously interact with a rotating audience. No audiovisual equipment or electricity will be available for posters.

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, music business/industry, music education/teacher training, music in general studies, music theory, musicology, community engagement and outreach, performance, and pedagogy.

The Program Committee particularly encourages, and will give priority to, proposals that:

(a) Relate to the Society’s 2018 Common Topic, “Diversity and Inclusion.”

(b) Illuminate the peoples and musics of Vancouver, the Pacific Northwest and Canada. Of great interest are  presentations that showcase the music of Canada and the Pacific Northwest, local composers, and music projects in the region. Papers and posters related to music and cultural leaders in Vancouver, the Pacific Northwest, and cross-border connections with Canada will be given special attention, as will presentations in all disciplines on multidisciplinary topics and innovative pedagogies.

(c) Address the life and works of composers for whom the year 2018 is significant.


CONSIDERATIONS

  • Papers are limited to 25 minutes. Posters present an idea or project via a compelling visual display. Posters will be displayed throughout the conference, with a specific time scheduled for poster authors to simultaneously interact with a rotating audience.

  • Prior to submission, proposers must communicate with all co-presenters regarding their interest and availability. Proposals not listing all participants will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered.

  • All persons whose work is selected for inclusion on the program are expected to register for, and attend, the full conference. If the proposal is accepted, proposers will be asked to communicate with all participants in the presentation to ensure their registration by early summer 2018. 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 submits the proposal to, upon acceptance, make conference planners aware of all non-music professionals involved in their presentation and to request such an exemption.

  • Proposers agree to present on any day of the conference should their proposal be accepted.

  • The College Music Society does not fund travel expenses of accepted presenters.

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


ELIGIBILITY

  • The Primary proposer must be a current member of The College Music Society. Persons interested in submitting a proposal should 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.

  • It is not necessary for co-presenters to be current members at the time of submission; however, if invited to the program, every person involved in the presentation must join CMS.


PROPOSAL SUBMISSION & PARTICIPATION POLICY

  • Paper and poster submissions should be unique and should not duplicate each other or work submitted by the proposer in response to any other Calls for this conference.

  • Each member may submit only ONE paper proposal and ONE poster proposal.

  • Each member is limited to TWO submissions to all calls for this conference.

  • Each member may be added by others as a co-presenter (e.g., panelist or accompanist) to a maximum of TWO proposals.

  • The maximum number of presentations in which a member may be involved on the conference program is TWO. If more than two proposals involving the same member are accepted—regardless of whether the member submitted the proposal or was added another member’s proposal—the individual in question must choose in which two presentations s/he will participate.


 PREPARATION OF MATERIALS

  • Electronic submissions are required. Proposals sent by mail 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.)

  • 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.



  3. A list of required equipment and Internet needs (Internet connections may include a fee).
  4. Contact information for your co-presenter, if applicable.
  5. A biography of your co-presenter (250-word maximum), if applicable.

Please note:

  • The name(s) or affiliation(s) of anyone involved in the presentation should not appear in the title or abstract, as submissions are evaluated anonymously. Proposals identifying the proposer or co-presenters will be disqualified. Names and affiliations may, however, appear in submitted biographies and in the “Collaborators” section of the proposal, as the review committee will not have access to this part of the application.

  • When referencing one’s own previously published research, the proposer should refer to such research in the third person to avoid identifying themselves. For example, hypothetical proposal submitter D. Graham should write, “D. Graham’s article, ‘XYZ,’ summarizes pertinent issues,” instead of writing, “My article, ‘XYZ,’ summarizes pertinent issues.” The wording in the first example protects the anonymity of the author, while the second compromises the author’s anonymity by linking the author of the proposal to previously published work by a named author.

  • Submissions that do not conform to the above guidelines will not be considered.


TIMELINE

  •  Proposals must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.
  •  Proposers will be notified by Thursday, March 29, 2018.


QUESTIONS?

Questions regarding this call should be directed to:
Jennifer Snow, 2018 Program Chair

Questions concerning conference operations should be directed to:
Peter S. Park, CMS Director of Professional Activities

 

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