This Month at CMS

The return to campus is of paramount concern to our members.  Health and safety are key determinants in decisions about performance offerings for the Fall.  CMS and The CMS Fund are two of nearly 100 organizations and institutions supporting a research study of aerosol projection now being conducted by research scientists at Colorado University-Boulder. The founding organizations of the study are CBDNA and NFHS. The preliminary findings of the study can be found here.


CMS has begun gathering aggregate demographic data on our membership which will aid the Society’s efforts to engage its equity and opportunity initiatives . Please log in to your account to update your information.


Our voices make a difference.  The CMS Board of Directors recently authorized the signing of a statement in support of exempting international students from the requirement of face-to-face study in enrolled programs. Within days of CMS’ signing the statement, the federal government reversed its ruling.  The statement that CMS signed, drafted by SEM President Timothy Cooley, was endorsed also by SAM, SMT, SEM, and AMS; many of our sister music societies and institutions of higher learning sent similar appeals.


Conference Registration is now in full swing for the Sixty-Third national CMS conference, scheduled for October 9-11 and 16-18. Please check out the conference website for information on keynote addresses, special plenary sessions, discussion groups, etc. Highlights will include the following:

  • A timely conversation:  The conference will feature a Presidential Plenary panel discussion that provides a retrospective view of the Report of the Undergraduate Curriculum Task Force (2014). To provide additional information for the panelists, please complete this survey that will gather data regarding curricular changes in music curricula during these past years. 
  • Be sure to attend: Joseph H. Conyers, Associate Principal bassist with the Philadelphia Orchestra will offer a keynote address at our upcoming virtual conference.
  • Don’t miss this: A feature of this year’s conference will be a panel on Equity and Opportunity in Music, sponsored jointly by the program committee, PKL, the Yamaha corporation, and CMS president. Panelists will include: Music theorist, Philip Ewell; Composer, Valerie Coleman; Economist, Nathan D. Grawe; and a member of the Yamaha leadership team.
  • See you there:  Join the membership for “A Conversation with Tania Leon,” the Robert M. Trotter Lecturer for 2020.  We are eager to hear from this distinguished composer and conductor.

Six musicians-health related webinars are now scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.