Conference Overview

The College Music Society is pleased to announce its 2019 International Conference in Belgium. The conference will take place from July 11–18, with activities in Brussels, Ghent, and Bruges. The program will include scholarly discourse, live performances, presentation of new music by CMS composers, interaction with Belgian scholars and performers, and guided sightseeing and cultural opportunities.

Brussels, BelgiumBrussels
With a population of 1.2 million people, Belgium's capital city of Brussels is filled with national institutions, museums, restaurants, cafés, bars, beautiful parks, and architectural treasures. As the administrative capital of the European Union, the city is multicultural and culturally diverse. Brussels is easily accessible by air (daily flights from 200 destinations in 66 countries) or rail (Paris is 1½ hours away; London is 2 hours away; Amsterdam is 2½ hours away).


GhentGhent (aka Gent)
Ghent is a city of higher education, with over 41,000 students, and is a compact and sustainable city. The historic center is the largest pedestrian zone in Belgium, and all conference venues, restaurants, and hotels are within walking distance of each other. Much of the city's medieval architecture remains intact and is remarkably well preserved. Filled with hundreds of cafés and restaurants, Ghent is known for its gastronomy, with numerous celebrity chefs and a variety of cuisine offerings. In fact, Ghent is known as "the veggie capital of Europe" and was the first city in the world to observe a weekly day of vegetarianism.


A UNESCO World Heritage site, Bruges is the quintessential medieval city, with its stone walls and impressive churches, cobblestone streets, and ancient bell tower looming over the city square. It's picturesque canals, horse drawn carriages, and quaint bridges make it almost impossible not to take a good photograph. From the 13th to the 15th century, Bruges was one of the most important commercial and trading centers in Europe. Many of its old homes, tollhouses, and warehouses still exist, reminding visitors of days gone by. While a small city, Bruges offers much to enjoy, from lace boutiques and artisanal chocolate shops to historical treasures and exceptional breweries.


All proposers were notified by email on September 17, 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. If you are not able to locate your notification message after taking this step, please contact the CMS Executive Office.


Please direct questions regarding this conference to:

Nicholas Phillips, Program Chair
2019 CMS International Conference