Information for Presenters

ATMI presenters are encouraged to communicate with the ATMI Program Chair regarding audio-visual needs beyond those listed below.

CMS presenters are encouraged to communicate with the CMS Program Chair regarding audio-visual needs beyond those listed below.

NACWPI presenters are encouraged to communicate with the NACWPI Program Chair regarding audio-visual needs beyond those listed below.

What is Provided?

Each presentation room will be equipped with a lectern or high cocktail table, an amplified sound system for audio playback, and projection equipment appropriate to the room size. Presenters must provide any needed equipment beyond this provision.

Presenters must play all sound and video files from their laptop, tablet, or iPod. Component DVD or CD players are NOT provided, and computers will not be available for rental or loan. You will want to make certain batteries are well charged, as access to electrical power is not always guaranteed. It is also recommended that you save your presentation to a flash drive or external memory device in the event of computer failure.

Technical Support
Several A/V technicians will be on hand and moving throughout the presentation rooms to assist presenters as needed. It is not always possible, or realistic, for a technician to remain on hand for the entirety of a single presentation.

Connecting Your Laptop
Cables to connect your laptop to the audio (headphone jack) and/or projection equipment (VGA and HDMI connections) will be provided. Mac users are asked to bring the appropriate adapter to connect their devices to the projector (e.g., Mini-DVI to VGA, Mini DisplayPort to VGA).

Screen Format
All screens and monitors will display using the industry standard widescreen ratio of 16:9. It is recommended that you format your PowerPoint presentations accordingly so that your slides fill up the entire screen and you won’t be left with large, empty sections on either side. If you are planning to use an existing PowerPoint presentation which was set up using a 4:3 format, it is easy to convert your existing presentation to the widescreen format. Visit this video tutorial on how to convert a 4:3 presentation to the 16:9 standard.

When Can You Set Up?
It is important that you have your display/demonstration materials ready to keep the conference running on time. A minimum of 5 minutes has been reserved between presentations for equipment setup and introductions. When two presentations have been scheduled back-to-back, the second presenter may connect their device(s) and prepare their area during the question-and-answer time of the preceding presenter.

Photocopied handouts are permitted. If printed handouts will be utilized, it is recommended to bring 20–30 copies to start. If your session has a larger audience than expected and you run out, you are welcome to distribute additional copies from the conference registration table following your presentation, and direct attendees to ask for them there.

For this program, complimentary standard Internet access has been negotiated for all conference space. Login instructions will be posted on the announcement board in the conference registration area.

Note: If one’s sole purpose in connecting to the Internet is to show a YouTube video as part of a presentation, it is possible (and recommended) to download the video to a laptop in advance. One may also insert a video clip into a PowerPoint presentation, negating the necessity for an Internet connection. Please visit this tutorial on how to manage this using the Firefox browser. Alternatively, you may install free software to download YouTube videos to your computer.

Rehearsal and performance pianos in the following spaces have been graciously donated by Steinway & Sons.


Fairview I-II & Fairview V:
Grand pianos have been arranged for these rooms. As conference rooms are seldom an optimal acoustic environment for live concert music, a wooden dance floor will be placed under the piano to mitigate the effects of carpeting. The piano must remain on the dance floor and any movement of the instrument must be coordinated through the CMS staff.

Ash & Elm:
Upright pianos will be found in these practice rooms. Please refer to the information regarding practice rooms for further information.

Granville I, Granville II, Stanley, Cambie, & Burrard:
No keyboard instruments will be provided by CMS in these rooms.

The Ash and Elm rooms within the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver have been reserved exclusively as warm-up/rehearsal rooms and will be open during the following times:

Wednesday, October 10
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Thursday, October 11
7:30 am – 9:00 pm

Friday, October 12
7:30 am – 9:00 pm

Saturday, October 13
7:30 am – 3:00 pm


Please note the following:

  1. Practice rooms are provided for warm-up & rehearsal specifically related to this conference. Those preparing non-conference related projects must make their own arrangements elsewhere for practice facilities.
  2. 30 minutes per presentation or ensemble — NOT PER PERSON — is allowed on each day. Ensembles should appoint one member of the group to reserve on behalf of the group, and reservations should be made under the ensemble’s name.
  3. If any vacancies remain on the practice room schedule once the conference has started, an additional 30 minutes per presentation or ensemble may be reserved.
  4. Each practice room will contain an upright piano, single bench, and 1 music stand. Performers who require additional stands for rehearsal must provide their own.
  5. Pianos may not be prepared or altered in any way, including the insertion of objects into or onto the strings.
  6. Kindly display the utmost in professional courtesy regarding piano usage and room sharing.


In addition to the rehearsal space described above, specific times have been allotted for set-up and sound-check in the concert space related to the Showcase of CMS Performers and Composers programs according to the following schedule:

Concert I: Showcase of CMS Performers & Composers
Thursday, October 11
JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, Fairview I-II
Set-up & Rehearsal: 3:30–6:30 p.m.
Concert Begins: 7:30 p.m.

Concert II: Showcase of CMS Performers & Composers
Friday, October 12
JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, Fairview I-II
Set-up & Rehearsal: 4:00–7:00 p.m.
Concert Begins: 7:30 p.m.

The concert manager for each of the above programs will reach out directly to those affected regarding specific schedules for these periods.


An online practice room schedule has been established for this conference and attendees may now reserve space on a first-come, first-served basis via computer, cell phone, or tablet.

  1. Click here to see a list of all practice rooms, organized by date and time (you will be redirected to the SignUpGenius website).
  2. Tick the box next to the room and time you wish to reserve (this is a long list, so ensure you have selected the appropriate date), then click the “Submit and Sign Up” button at the bottom of the screen.
  3. You will now have the option to enter the names of any collaborators or the name of your ensemble (as appropriate), in the provided field. Ensembles should list the name of their group in this field. If this does not apply to you, leave this field blank.
  4. If you have not used SignUpGenius before, you will be prompted to either create a new account or login with your Facebook credentials. IMPORTANT: Check the box “create an account with SignUpGenius” during this stage. Otherwise, you will not be able to cancel or edit your signup later.
  5. You must now click “Sign Up Now” to successfully reserve your selection, and you will receive an email confirmation once you have completed this step.
  6. Clicking “Back to Sign Up” will show you the master group list once again, and your name(s) should now appear in the slot(s) you have reserved.


  • Q: What if I do not have access to a computer, cell phone, or tablet?
  • A: Please visit the conference registration desk in Vancouver and registration personnel will be able to assist you in reserving a practice room.

  • Q: What if I do not wish to create an account with SignUpGenius?
  • A: That’s fine. You may still reserve a practice room with your name and email address; however, you will not be able to cancel or edit the reservation online later.

  • Q: What do I need to do if I need to change or cancel my practice room reservation?
  • A: Here’s how:
  1. Login to with your email address and password.
  2. Open the Practice Room Schedule.
  3. Underneath the slot with your name, you will see options to “Edit,” “Swap,” or “Delete.” Select “Delete.”
  4. You will be asked to confirm. Select “Yes-Delete.”
  • Q: How do I swap rehearsal times with another person?
  • A: Here’s how:
  1. Login to with your email address and password.
  2. Open the Practice Room Schedule.
  3. Underneath the slot with your name, you will see options to “Edit,” “Swap,” or “Delete.” Select “Swap.”
  4. Tick the box next to the name of the person with whom you would like to swap and click “Request a Swap” at the bottom of the page. An email message will be sent to that person and they may choose to either accept or decline your request. Once they have responded, you will automatically receive an email message with their response.

If you have other questions regarding how to use this system, you will likely find the SignUpGenius Help page helpful. If your question is not answered there, please contact Peter Park of CMS at .

So often great conversations inspired by presentations must be cut short because of time constraints, thus we invite conference presenters and audience members to extend these dialogues in our Discussion Pods.

Discussion Pods are dedicated open seating areas designed to encourage one-on-one or small group conversations. They will be located along the windows opposite the Kitsilano Ballroom and each pod will be clearly marked. All conference presenters are invited to reserve 30 minutes following their presentation to interact with attendees, although participation is voluntary. Those utilizing the space for this purpose should ask their presider to announce this planned time during their introduction.

Discussion Pods may be reserved according to the following schedule:

Thursday, October 11
9:00 am – 11 am
1:30–5:00 p.m.

Friday, October 12
9:00–11:00 a.m.
1:30–5:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 13
8:00–11:00 a.m.
1:30–2:30 p.m.

Reserve your Pod by clicking here.

Spotlight Discussions

Thursday, October 11:

John Kao (Thursday Plenary Speaker)
1:30–2:30 pm
Pod B

Keith Ward (CMS President), Eileen M. Hayes (CMS President-Elect) & William Pelto
(CMS Executive Director)
3:00–4:00 pm
Pod B

Friday, October 12:

Kylie Peppler (2018 CMS/ATMI Music Technology Lecturer)
1:30–2:30 pm
Pod B

Keith Ward (CMS President), Eileen M. Hayes (CMS President-Elect) & William Pelto
(CMS Executive Director)
3:00–4:00 pm
Pod B

   Guidelines for Posters

(Approved by the CMS Board of Directors, April 1, 2011)

1) If a proposal is accepted, the presenter agrees to register for the full conference and present in person. A presenter may not assign someone else to give their presentation.

2) If a presenter is unable to attend the conference and present in person, s/he is expected to contact the Program Chair or the CMS Director of Professional Activities and withdraw at least 30 days in advance of the program so that an alternate presenter may be invited to serve as a substitute.

3) If there are extenuating circumstances that prevent the presenter from contacting CMS by the above deadline, it is expected that s/he will still contact the Program Chair or the CMS Executive Office as soon as possible to notify that s/he will be unable to attend.

4) A presenter who has made no contact with the Program Chair or the CMS Executive Office, and who does not present in person, will be considered a “No Show” and will be prohibited from submitting proposals in the next year to CMS Regional and National conferences, or to the following International Conference.