Call for Scores with Provided Performers

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.

In the interest of ensuring diverse programming and widening opportunities for composers, an earlier Call for Performing Ensembles resulted in the selection of a roster of performers who will present original works composed by CMS members on a special concert during the conference. Accordingly, the Program Committee invites submissions of original solos or duos, 10 minutes or less in duration, for the following artists (click on each performer to view their bio):

      Matthew Hoch, baritone (voice

      Annie Jeng, piano

      Stephen Nordstrom, violin or viola

      May Phang, piano

Additionally, the Committee welcomes submissions of original compositions, 10 minutes or less in duration, for:

      Bluestem Blaze – flute, oboe, & clarinet

Submissions for this ensemble must conform to the specified instrumentation and must involve all members of the ensemble.

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.

Note: Composers desiring to submit works for instrumentation other than what is provided for this concert are encouraged to apply via the separate Call for Scores with Composer-Provided Performer.



  • 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 propose a maximum of TWO submissions to this conference.

  • Each member may submit only ONE proposal of each format type (e.g., ONE composition + 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.

  • 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.



  • All composers whose works are selected for inclusion on the program are expected to register for, and attend, the entire conference.

  • 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. Attendees are asked to carefully consider 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 composers.

  • Compositions 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.

  • Composers must be willing to have their works performed 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.



  1. The score’s title, year of composition, instrumentation, and duration, rounding up to the nearest half minute.
  2. A PDF copy of the full score and individual parts (anonymous). 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. A 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).

Please Note:

  • To support the blind review process, the name(s) or affiliation(s) of anyone involved in the presentation should not appear on the score or parts, in program notes, or in the file names of submitted audio samples. Proposals identifying the composer or collaborators 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.

  • 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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