Board Member and Officer Responsibilities


The CMS Board of Directors meets three-five times annually. When the National Conference occurs face-to-face, the Board usually meets on the Sunday immediately following the Conference.

The CMS Executive Committee (President, Past President or President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer) usually meets several times each year, as called by the President. 

Officers and Members of the CMS Board of Directors:

Past President.  From the bylaws:The Past President shall serve as advisor to the President and dis­charge any functions which may be appropriate to the office, [including membership on the Executive Committee and monthly meetings with the President and Executive Director].   

President-Elect.  From the bylaws: The President-Elect shall automatically succeed to the office of the President at the end of her/his one-year term. The President-Elect shall assist the President as requested and shall be a voting member of the Executive Committee.  Additional responsibilities: The President Elect meets regularly, usually once a month, with the President and Executive Director, and is responsible for proposing the CMS Common Topic, during the spring of the President-Elect’s one-year term,  for observance and implementation by the organization during the following two years (the President-Elect’s eventual term of office as President). 

President.  From the bylaws: Executive authority of the Society shall be vested in the President, who serves a two-year term following a one-year term as President-Elect and preceding a one-year term as Past President. The President shall preside at meetings of the Society, the Board of Directors, and the Executive Committee.  The President shall appoint all committees with the concurrence of the Executive Committee, and shall be ex officio a voting member of all committees except the Nominations Committee. The President shall serve as a signator of the accounts of the Society. The President shall discharge other such func­tions as are customarily associated with the office. 

Vice-President.  From the bylaws: The Vice-President shall discharge the functions of the President in case of the latter's disability or absence or at the latter's request, and serve in various capacities which may be appropriate to the office and the Society. The Vice-President shall also have responsibility for membership and chapter develop­ment and coordination and shall serve as chair of the Council of Presidents of Regional Chapters. 

Secretary.   From the bylaws: The Secretary shall be responsible for the documenta­tion of the proceedings of the meetings of the Society. The Secretary shall take minutes of the meetings of the Board, Execu­tive Committee, and of the annual membership meeting. Additional responsibilities: The Secretary, with assistance from the Executive Office, maintains rosters of Board, committee, and council memberships, including terms of office. The Secretary is responsible for certifying annual Board elections. The Secretary serves as a coordinator and liaison between the Board and standing committees of the organization. The Secretary shall present a report at the annual membership meeting of the Society.

Treasurer.  From the bylaws: The Treasurer shall be responsible for the funds of the Society. The Treasurer shall be bonded in an amount determined by the Executive Committee. The Treasurer shall present a report at the annual membership meeting of the Society and shall make other reports as the Executive Committee may direct. The Treasurer shall be a signator of the accounts of the Society.

Other Members of the Board.  From the bylaws: The areas of composition, ethnomusicology, jazz/commercial music, music education, music in general studies, music industry, music theory, musicology, and performance will be represented on the Board of Directors. An at-large member will represent areas not included in the preceding list, and a student member (appointed by the Student Advisory Council) will represent students. The Board Members shall represent the interests and concerns of their areas of expertise [as well as the Society as a whole]. They shall advise and assist the Executive Committee concerning the operations of the Society. Additional responsibilities: Each Board member, with the exception of the student member, appoints, upon approval of the President, and chairs a council of disciplinary peers.