Call for Papers from Students & Recent Graduates

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 and the Student Advisory Council welcome paper proposals from current students and recent graduates for a special session during the National Conference. The Program Committee particularly encourages, and will give priority to, proposals that:

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 spoken presentation is limited to 12 minutes. An additional 5 minutes will be allotted following the presentation for discussion, and/or questions as appropriate.

As part of this special session, invited presenters will be paired with faculty mentors (senior researchers) from within the CMS membership. In the months prior to the conference, mentors will reach out to their assigned presenter and help them with their final preparations. Mentors will assist with the format of the paper and offer helpful guidance in terms of topic and paper development. The goal of this session is to give space for all CMS student members to come together and learn from, and with, a select group of researchers as well as to extend the networking web facilitated by CMS.

Please Note: Papers are the only accepted proposal format in response to this Call. Please do not submit proposals for posters, panels, demonstrations, lecture-recitals, performances, or workshops, as they 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.
  • 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.



  • The 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.



  • Each member may submit only ONE proposal in response to this Call.
  • 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 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 & format.
  2. 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. 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.
  4. A list of required equipment and Internet needs (Internet connections may include a fee).
  5. A biography of the proposer (250-word maximum).

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 will be disqualified. Names and affiliations may appear 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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