Call for Scores with Composer-Provided Performer

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 welcomes submissions of original works to be performed during one or more special concerts during the conference. Composers must either perform their own works or provide their own performer(s). Works for solo instruments, one piano (two or more hands), small ensembles, voice, and electronic and electro-acoustic works will be considered. Presentations requiring two pianos will not be considered; however, single piano works for 4-hands are welcome. 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.


  • Proposed works must be 10 minutes or less in duration.
  • Compositions performed at previous CMS National Conferences are not eligible for consideration.
  • Regarding submissions of electronic works, two-channel or electro-acoustic score proposals will be given preference by the committee. Proposals involving up to four-channels will be considered, but acceptance will depend on available technical resources.
  • Prior to submission, composers must communicate with their performers regarding their interest and availability. Proposals which do not list all performers will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered.
  • Composers may wish to refer to the online CMS Player’s Roster to locate performers who have volunteered their services for this conference.
  • All composers whose work is selected for inclusion on the program are expected to register for, and attend, the entire conference. They will be expected to register by early summer 2020. Performers on this concert, who may or may not be members of CMS, are not expected to register and attend the conference unless they wish to, but their attendance will be limited to the concert and any rehearsals if they do not register.
  • The only instrument provided at the conference will be a piano; all other instruments, including percussion, must be provided by the composer or performer. Pianos may not be prepared or altered in any way, including the insertion of objects into or onto the strings.
  • Two-channel amplification will be provided; all other electronic equipment must be provided by the composer. Component DVD or CD players are not available; thus, presenters must provide their own computer or tablet for any needed audio or video playback.
  • Composers must be willing to have their works performed 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.


  • Composers must be current members of The College Music Society at the time of submission. 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.


  • Each member may submit only ONE score to this conference.
  • Each member may submit TWO proposals to all calls for this conference (e.g., one score + one paper).
  • 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.


  • 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 score’s title, instrumentation, and duration, rounding up to the nearest half minute.
  2. A PDF copy of the full score and individual parts (anonymous; dedications and/or commissions should be redacted on the score for blind peer review). The score may be notated at concert pitch or transposed but the composer is asked to make this clear in the score. Multi-movement scores should be merged into a single PDF file, as should all parts.
  3. An anonymous digital recording of the work. MIDI file/software-synthesis realizations are acceptable. Most audio file formats are supported within Submittable.
  4. Program notes (not to exceed 250 words).
  5. A list of required equipment (Internet connections are not guaranteed).
  6. A brief biography of the composer (not to exceed 250 words).
  7. Name of performing ensemble, if applicable.
  8. Biography of ensemble or performer(s) (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.
  9. Contact details for all performers, including an email address, mailing address, and phone number for each person. If your performance includes 3 or more performers, 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:

  • The name(s) or affiliation(s) of anyone involved in the presentation should not appear on the score or parts, including the ensemble, performers, dedications or commissioners (if applicable), in program notes, or in the file names of submitted audio samples, as submissions are evaluated anonymously. Proposals identifying the composer or collaborators will be disqualified. Names and affiliations may appear in submitted biographies and in the “Performers” section of the proposal, however, as the review committee will not have access to this part of the application.
  • 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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