Receptions & Networking Opportunities

Wednesday, October 6
5:30–7:00 p.m.
Sproull Atrium, Eastman School of Music
25 Gibbs St. (in the Miller Center)
Co-sponsored by the Paul R. Judy Center for Innovation and Research

Pick up your registration materials early and catch up with your colleagues at the Eastman School of Music on Wednesday evening. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served, and live music will be provided by Eastman student performers. This laid-back event is meant to encourage networking and bring us together after a long hiatus.

Thursday, October 7
12 noon–1:25 p.m.

The Thursday dine-arounds are informal lunches at local restaurants within proximity of the conference venue that provide an opportunity for networking, stimulating conversation, and peer learning. Lunch groups can range in size from 6–10. Each group will be accompanied by an acting host, although attendees must pay for their own meal. Dine-around hosts and participants will meet in the Galleria of the Riverside Convention Center at noon and make their way to the selected restaurant together. All attendees are invited to participate!

While topics will vary from group-to-group, some discussion will be inspired by Dylan Robinson’s opening keynote lecture. Additionally, some of the groups will comprise CMS’ newly-formed Affinity Groups (Black, Indigenous, Latine, Women, AAPI, LGBTQAI+) as organized by the Committee on Cultural Inclusion. And others may just want to use the opportunity to catch up with colleagues after a long hiatus from in-person events.

Advance sign-up is required. So that appropriate reservations can be made, attendees must sign up by 12 noon Mountain Time on Tuesday, September 28.

The sign-up form for this event is now closed and no further reservations will be accepted.

Thursday, October 7
12:15–1:15 p.m.
Highland H, Rochester Riverside Convention Center

Student members of all ages are invited to this informal luncheon hosted by the CMS Student Advisory Council and the CMS President. Whether you are new to CMS or this is your first national conference, you are sure to feel welcome. You’ll enjoy meeting other students from various institutions to enjoy a nourishing meal, network, and take a bit of down time in the middle of a busy day of conferencing.

There is no additional fee to attend; however, reservations are required in advance (so that we can order the correct quantity of food). Registered student members were sent  a private email invitation after online registration closed and were asked to RSVP by September 22. Reservations are now closed for this event and no further reservations will be accepted.

Thursday, October 7
5:00–6:00 p.m.
Highland H, Rochester Riverside Convention Center

Those who are attending the CMS National Conference for the first time, as well as all retired members of the organization, are encouraged to sign up for a special welcome reception following the afternoon’s sessions. Hosted by the CMS Board of Directors, this event offers an opportunity to introduce yourself to other attendees, as well as to meet members of the CMS Board. As you make connections, you’ll be able to ask questions about what to expect from, and how to make the most of, your conference experience.

There is no additional fee to attend; however, reservations are required in advance (so that we can order the correct quantity of food). All registrants who have self-identified as first-time attendees or retired registrants were sent a private email invitation after online registration closed and were asked to RSVP by September 22. Reservations are now closed for this event and no further reservations will be accepted.

Riverside Court, Rochester Convention Center

So often great conversations inspired by presentations must be cut short because of time constraints. Lines of attendees waiting to speak with a presenter can severely delay the start of the following session. As a solution, presenters and members of their audience are invited to extend their dialogue in the Discussion Lounge.

The Discussion Lounge comprises multiple seating areas intended for one-on-one or small group conversations. Presenters are encouraged to utilize these spaces to interact with attendees following their sessions. Those who choose this option should ask their session presider to include an announcement in their introductory remarks stating what time the presenter plans to be present in the Lounge.

New this Year: Space within the Discussion Lounge is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Except for plenary speakers and specially-invited guests, reservations will not be accepted for space within the Discussion Lounge. In the spirit of collegiality, and to allow enjoyment of this shared space by all, Lounge time is limited to 30 minutes per presentation.

Please note: The Discussion Lounge may not be used for any commercial or for-profit purpose.

SCHEDULE
The Discussion Lounge will be open during the following times:

Thursday, October 7
9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Friday, October 8
11:00 a.m.– 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 9
9:00 a.m.–12 noon