Call for Scores with Performance 

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.

Integral to the conference is the performance of original works composed by CMS members. The Program Committee welcomes submissions of original works, 10 minutes or less in duration, to be performed on a special concert during the conference. Composers must either (a) perform their own works or (b) provide their own performer(s). Original works for one piano (two or more hands), other solo instruments, small ensembles, or voice will be considered. Two-channel electronic and/or electro-acoustic compositions will be accepted, provided playback can be done with a laptop (provided by the proposer) and a standard ” plug. 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.



  • 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 or performers.

  • Performers must provide their own instruments (except a piano, which will be provided).

  • 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.

  • Prior to submission, composers must communicate with their performers regarding their interest and availability. Proposals which do not list all performers will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered.

  • Composers may wish to refer to the online CMS Player’s Roster to locate performers who have volunteered their services for this conference. One might also seek out and contact local performers (e.g., faculty members in hent and/or Bruges).  

  • 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.



  • 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.

  • It is not necessary for performers to be current members at the time of submission; however, if invited to the program, every person involved in the performance 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 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. 



  • 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 score’s title, year of composition, instrumentation, and duration, rounding up to the nearest half minute.
  2. 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).
  7. Name of performing ensemble, if applicable.
  8. Biography of ensemble or performer(s) (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.
  9. Contact details for all performers, including an email address, mailing address, and phone number for each person. If your performance includes 3 or more performers, 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 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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