Call for Lecture-Recitals and Performances

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 of The College Music Society welcomes proposals for lecture-recitals, and performances. 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

Please note: This is not the appropriate path for submitting original compositions. Works of new music by CMS composers must be submitted in response to the separate Call for Scores.



  • 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, although song texts may be presented in any language.

  • 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.

  • 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. Performances consisting of a 25-minute program from a single performer or ensemble may be proposed that features music by one or more composers. The time limit is inclusive of set-up and tear-down.

  • The same topic may not be submitted as both a lecture-recital and performance.

  • Performers must provide their own instruments (except a 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.

  • 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 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.



  • •he 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.



  • 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 lecture-recital, 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. 



  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, a list of all titles, movements, and composers being proposed, and 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. Texts for vocal repertoire are not requested at this time.
  4. A list of all required equipment and Internet needs.
  5. Two audio samples to demonstrate the proficiency of the soloist/ensemble. 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. Most audio file formats are supported within Submittable.
  6.  PDF reference scores to accompany the audio samples submitted under item #5.
  7. Optional: In addition to the two required audio samples of the performer(s), an additional reference recording of the proposed work being performed by someone else may be added to support the submission. This is recommended in cases where the proposer(s) have not recorded the proposed work.
  8. A brief biography of the proposer (not to exceed 250 words).
  9. Name of performing ensemble, if applicable.
  10. 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. 
  11. 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) 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 audio samples or other support 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

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