Call for Lecture-Recitals & Performances

Submission Deadline: 12 noon Mountain Time on Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The College Music Society will hold its Sixty-Third National Conference October 22–24, 2020, at the Hilton Miami Downtown in Miami, Florida, in conjunction with the 2020 National Conference of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) and National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI).

The Program Committee of The College Music Society welcomes proposals for lecture-recitals, performances, and showcase performances . The Committee solicits the broadest representation of our profession and its interests, and welcomes submissions from all including those (a) in academia (full-time and adjunct faculty, community college faculty, students, and retired faculty), (b) in the music industry, and (c) active as independent musicians and scholars.

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

  1. Relate to the Society’s 2020 Common Topic, “Fostering Equity and Opportunity in Music.”
  2. Address gender, cultural or ethnic diversity and inclusion in music making and learning, in academia (for students and faculty) and in the community.      
  3. Address the  of the Southern Florida region, including the scholarship, musics, and musicians of its immigrant or native communities.
  4. Address the life and works of composers, performers and/or conductors for whom the year 2020 is significant.


  • Performances are intended to present live music, and speaking is generally limited to brief introductory comments. While these can feature new music, this is not the appropriate submission venue for works by CMS composers. Two types of performances are possible:
  1. Stand-alone Performance: A 25-minute program from a single performer or ensemble may be proposed that features music by one or more composers. The time limit includes set-up and tear-down.
  1. Showcase Performance: Brief performances of 10 minutes or less may be proposed which will be included on a larger concert organized by the Program Committee. The time limit includes set-up and tear-down.
  • Lecture-recitals are limited to 25 minutes each, inclusive of delivery, discussion, and/or questions as appropriate. Lecture-recitals differ from performances in that they provide opportunities for performing combined with a significant amount of speaking.
  • The same topic may not be submitted as both a lecture-recital and performance.
  • Prior to submission, proposers must communicate with all collaborators regarding their interest and availability. This includes collaborative pianists. 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 involved in the presentation to ensure their registration by early summer 2020.
  • Performers must provide their own instruments, including all percussion (except piano, which will be provided). Presentations requiring two pianos will not be considered; however, single piano works for 4-hands are welcome. Pianos may not be prepared or altered in any way, including the insertion of objects into or onto the strings.
  • 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 or performers.
  • Proposers must submit their own work and may not submit proposals on behalf of their students or others.
  • Proposals of a commercial nature that promote products and services will not be considered.


  • 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 collaborators to be current members at the time of submission; however, if invited to the program, every person involved in the presentation must join CMS and register for the conference. Following the acceptance of a proposal, the Program Committee will consider change requests on a case-by-case basis.


  • Each member may submit only ONE performance proposal and ONE lecture-recital.
  • Each member is limited to TWO submissions to all calls for this conference (e.g., 1 performance + 1 paper).
  • If a member submits more than one proposal to the conference, each submission should be unique and content may not be duplicated, either in response to this Call or any other Calls for this conference, including proposals submitted to ATMI or NACWPI.
  • Each member may be added by others as a co-presenter (e.g., panelist or collaborative pianist) 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.


  • 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 and format.
  2. Lecture-recital proposals require 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. Performance proposals require program notes of 250 words or less, as well as a list of all titles, movements, and composers being proposed, an indication of the instrumentation, and duration of each work. If a proposal includes lengthy pieces which will not be played in their entirety, please clarify within the program notes which sections will be performed.

    Progam notes, in conjunction with supporting audio files, should convince the review committee that your proposal merits programming. Your program notes will also be published in the concert program and/or conference materials to describe the performance to attendees. Please write in clear and direct prose that informs and enlightens the reader. Avoid listing the full program again to avoid redundancy. Your program notes should offer insight into the selected repertoire and should be written in such a way that they will increase the audience's understanding and enjoyment of the music. You may consider addressing elements of structure, style, content, and/or historical relevance, or you may wish to highlight the significance of the program and/or the connection of the composer(s) to the conference destination. Due to available space, in-depth analysis should be avoided.

  4. A list of required equipment and Internet needs (Internet connections are not guaranteed);
  5. At least one digital recording of the performer(s) to demonstrate proficiency. The file name should begin with a brief (max 10-character) title of the work and not include the performer’s name. Preference will be given to submissions that include a recording of the proposer performing the actual work being proposed. Where this is not possible, the submitted example must be of a comparable style, genre, or historical period. Reference recordings of a proposed work(s) by a performer other than the proposer may be submitted, provided the file name reflects this distinction by including the word “Reference.” Most audio file formats are supported within Submittable, and a maximum of 4 files may be included with each proposal.
  6. Optional: You may add up to 3 supporting materials to your proposal. These might include printed music examples, photos, statistics, or relevant data. Do not include lengthy documents, dissertations, CVs, resumes, or PowerPoint presentations.
  7. A brief biography of the proposer (not to exceed 250 words).
  8. Name of performing ensemble, if applicable.
  9. Biographies of the performer(s) or ensemble (maximum total text of 250 words). Ensemble biographies may briefly address the achievements of each ensemble member; however, separate biographies of each individual performer are not requested in this case.
  10. Contact details for all collaborators, including an email address, mailing address, and phone number for each person. Pianists must be named in this section. If your presentation includes 3 or more persons, download this spreadsheet, save the file using your name as the file name (e.g., smith_john.xlsx), and complete the requested information for each involved person. You will be required to upload this completed file with your proposal.

Please note:

  • To support the blind review process, the name(s) and/or affiliation(s) of anyone involved in the presentation, including the ensemble, performers, dedications or commissioners (if applicable), should not appear in the title, abstract, or program notes, nor in the file names or body of submitted supplementary materials. Submissions are evaluated anonymously and proposals identifying the proposer or co-presenters will be disqualified. Names and affiliations may appear in the “Collaborators” section of the proposal and in submitted biographies, however, as the review committee will not have access to this information.
  • 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.


  • Proposals must be submitted by 12 noon Mountain Time on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.
  • Proposers will be notified by Thursday, March 26, 2020.


Questions regarding this call should be directed to:
Pamela D. Pike, 2020 Program Chair

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

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