Call for Interactive Presentations

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 interactive presentations. This includes panels and workshops that relate to music creation, performance, scholarship, teaching, learning, career considerations, and other areas of interest to the music professional. Proposals may relate to the general interests of music in higher education, or to specific disciplines and areas of interest—administration, career issues, composition, cultural inclusion, ethnomusicology, music business/industry, music education/teacher training, music in general studies, music theory, musicology, community engagement and outreach, performance, and pedagogy.

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 cultural and musical heritage 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.

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.


  • Interactive presentations (forums, panels, and workshops) are limited to 55 minutes.
  • Panels provide an opportunity to examine a topic in depth. A panel comprises at least two panelists and is facilitated by a moderator. The moderator may either engage panelists with curated questions or may provide initial remarks before inviting each panelist to share their perspective within a pre-established time frame. Panels might conclude with an audience Q&A session, a summation of key points, and acknowledgements.
  • Workshops enable conference attendees to learn about specific methods, tools, resources, or projects through hands-on interaction. Workshops are generally designed to teach something or develop a specific skill, or set of skills, rather than present original research.
  • Prior to submission, proposers must communicate with all co-presenters and/or panelists regarding their interest and availability. 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 in the presentation to ensure their registration by early summer 2020. At its discretion, the Program Committee may exempt from the membership and registration fee requirements specific individuals, such as invited speakers or guest panelists who are non-music professionals. It is the responsibility of the individual who submits the proposal to, upon acceptance, make conference planners aware of all non-music professionals involved in their presentation and to request such an exemption. Following the acceptance of a proposal, the Program Committee will consider change requests on a case-by-case basis.
  • 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 or 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 co-presenters to be current members at the time of submission; however, if invited to the program, every person involved in the presentation must join CMS.


  • Each member may submit only ONE proposal of each format type (e.g., ONE paper, ONE panel).
  • Each member is limited to TWO submissions to all calls for this conference.
  • 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 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 proposal’s title & format.
  2. An abstract of 250 words or less. [insert “Preparing an Abstract” advice here]
  3. A list of required equipment and Internet needs (Internet connections may include a fee).
  4. 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.
  5. Details regarding all personnel involved in the presentation, including complete contact information (email address, mailing address, and phone) and a biography (250-word maximum) for each person. Due to time constraints, panels are limited to 6 persons, including the moderator. 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 include the requested information for all additional presenters. You will be required to upload this completed file with your proposal.

Please Note:

  • To support the blind review process, the name(s) or affiliation(s) of anyone involved in the presentation should not appear in the title or abstract, nor in the file names or body of submitted supplementary materials, as submissions are evaluated anonymously. 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

You must be a CMS member to submit a proposal.
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