2018 National Conference Overview

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) and the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI).

CMS National Conferences routinely attract over 400 faculty, administrators, graduate students, independent scholars, composers, publishers, and music business personnel who share a common interest and dedication to the improvement of music and its relationship to the other academic disciplines of higher education.

The conference program presents higher education's broadest array of topics dealing with music. Academic citizenship, administration, music business and industry, careers in music, community engagement, composition, cultural inclusion, ethnomusicology, higher education, mentoring, music education, music in general studies, music technology, music theory, musicology, performance, and the scholarship of teaching and learning are explored in a variety of formats, including open discussions. Through papers, performances, lecture-recitals, lightning talks, panels, posters, and workshop sessions, CMS conferences provide the opportunity to consider the philosophy and practice of music as an integral part of higher education. Through formal sessions, open forums, and dialogue with colleagues from around the world, these meetings provide the opportunity to share insights and perspectives on teaching, to hear new and unusual musics, to experience regional musics, to discuss American musical life and culture, and to consider future directions for the art of music.


All proposers were notified by email on March 28, 2018 regarding the status of their submissions.

Provided conference organizers have a current mailing address on file, those invited to present on the program may expect to receive a hard copy invitation via U.S. Mail.

If you submitted a proposal but did not receive a notification, please check your "Junk Mail", "Bulk Mail", or any other folder where messages may have been directed away from your regular Inbox by a service that filters spam. Conference organizers used the email address associated with your Submittable account when sending notices. If you are not able to locate your notification message after taking this step, please contact the CMS Executive Office by email.


For questions related to this program, contact:
Jennifer Snow, 2018 Program Chair