Call for Panels & Workshops

Submission Deadline: 12 Noon Mountain Time on Thursday, September 17, 2020

The College Music Society (CMS) is pleased to announce its 2021 International Conference in Colombia. The conference will take place from June 24–30, with activities in Bogotá and Medellín.

The program will include scholarly discourse and the presentation of new music by CMS members, interaction with Colombian scholars and performers, and guided sightseeing and cultural opportunities.

The Program Committee welcomes proposals for interactive presentations. This includes panels and workshops that relate to all aspects of music creation, performance, scholarship, teaching, learning, career considerations, and other areas of interest to the music professional. The Committee invites the broadest representation from the music profession and its interests, and welcomes proposals from students, faculty, retirees, and independent musicians from all educational and professional settings.

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

  1. connect to the conference theme, “Innovation, Transformation, & Reconciliation: Inspiring Social Change through Music
  2. illuminate the peoples, musical activities, and traditions of Colombia
  3. feature composers for whom 2021 is of special interest



  • CMS International Conferences include cultural experiences and sightseeing opportunities which are meant to deepen participants’ understanding of the conference locale. These activities are included in the registration fee. With this in mind, attendees are asked to give careful consideration to the financial commitment associated with participation prior to proposal submission. Registration fees for recent international conferences have been between $1,200 and $1,400. Registration fees for the 2021 program have not yet been finalized, but they should be comparable. This fee will not include airfare or lodging.

  • The College Music Society does not fund travel expenses of accepted presenters.

  • The official language of CMS international conferences is English. Proposals must be both submitted and presented in English.

  • 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 works are selected for inclusion on the program must register for, and attend, the entire conference.

  • Proposers agree to present on any day of the conference should their proposal be accepted.

  • Proposers must submit their own work and may not submit proposals on behalf of their students or others.



  • 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 propose a maximum of TWO submissions to this conference.

  • Each member may submit only ONE proposal of each format type (e.g., ONE panel, ONE paper).

  • In addition to the allowed TWO submissions, each member may be added by another person as a co-presenter (e.g., panelist or accompanist) to ONE proposal.

  • Each submission must be unique and should not duplicate the subject matter of other work submitted by the proposer in response to any other Calls for this conference.

  • 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. A list of required equipment and Internet needs.
  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, however, appear in the “Personnel” section of the proposal and in submitted biographies, as the review committee will not have access to this part of the application.

  • 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 Thursday, September 17, 2020.
  • Proposers will be notified by Thursday, October 22, 2020.



Questions regarding this call should be directed to:
Andrés Gómez Bravo, 2021 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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