Who May Attend?

CMS welcomes to its international conferences all music professionals, including those (a) in academia (full-time and adjunct faculty, community college faculty, students, and retired faculty), (b) in the music industry, and (c) active as independent musicians and scholars. Those holding current membership in CMS are entitled to receive a discount on registration fees. Others not holding membership will be charged the non-member conference rate. Non-music professionals are also welcomed to register as companions of such persons.

CMS Registration Policy:

All persons who derive professional benefit from presenting work during the conference (1) must hold current membership in the organization and (2) are required to register for the full conference. This includes anyone whose name appears in the program: all collaborative pianists, performers, composers, panelists, and presenters.


The following timeline will apply for the 2023 International Conference. All deadlines are 12 noon Mountain Time / 2 pm Eastern Time:

Conference Presenters, Composers, & Performers

Thursday, December 8, 2022:      $450 deposit due

Thursday, March 9, 2023:             Final Balance due ($125 late fee assessed after this date)

Traveling Companions & Non-Presenting Attendees

Thursday, April 6, 2023:               Registration Deadline


To secure their place on the program, all conference presenters, composers, and performers are required to pay a non-refundable deposit*. The remaining balance must be paid in full for the registration to be considered complete. Please see the schedule above.

Traveling companions and non-presenting attendees are not required to pay a deposit and should pay the registration fee in one sum.

* The deposit can be refunded in certain emergency circumstances. Please see Terms & Conditions for complete details.

CMS works hard to ensure that attendees receive a quality conference experience. To that end, conference organizers attempt to negotiate the best prices possible for groups and endeavor to keep costs as low as possible. The following fees will apply for the 2023 International Conference:

      $1,389  CMS Member

      $1,239  CMS Retired Member

      $   999  CMS Student Member

      $1,239  Traveling Companion (adult)**

      $   400  Traveling Companion (6-18 years old)+

      $1,499  Non-CMS Member

** The companion rate is for persons who will accompany a regular registrant but who cannot benefit professionally from attending the conference.

+ Parents or legal guardians must submit the registration form on behalf of their child(ren). No fee or registration is required for infants and children younger than 6 years old; however, attendees bringing children of this age must communicate their intentions to the CMS conference planner well in advance of the conference. Additionally, it is imperative that parents and legal guardians carefully review and abide by rules pertaining to traveling with minors as outlined in the registration Terms & Conditions.

CMS International Conferences differ from other CMS programs in that academic presentations and performances are supplemented by a variety of group activities, meals, and networking opportunities designed to provide cultural enrichment and encourage exploration of the conference destination. Accordingly, the registration fee considers the expense of these enhancements, and all attendees must pay the full conference fee. Fees will not be prorated based on individual travel plans, preferences, or absence from certain functions.


Registration fees include the following:

      • Coach transfers as outlined in the itinerary
      • Group meals & breaks as outlined in itinerary
      • Special events & receptions
      • Admission fees for scheduled sightseeing tours, cultural activities, and excursions
      • Admission to scheduled performances
      • Guides for scheduled sightseeing tours & excursions
      • Gratuities for drivers, guides, & food servers
      • Conference venue rental & related production expenses
      • CMS administrative support
      • Contracted services of a licensed destination management company


The following expenses are not included and are the responsibility of each attendee:

      • International Airfare
      • Lodging (see separate hotel information)
      • Ground transfer between home and local airport
      • Meals listed as “on own” on itinerary
      • Pre- or post-conference excursions
      • Travel insurance
      • Souvenirs & other non-essential items

Registration Procedure for Members

Online registration with a credit card is fast, easy, and secure. Register online by clicking the blue registration button at the bottom of this page.

Registration Procedure for Traveling Companions
Separate forms have been created to register traveling companions.
Adult Traveling Companions should register via the TRAVELING COMPANION REGISTRATION FORM (ADULT).
Adult registrants should register their children via the TRAVELING COMPANION REGISTRATION FORM (MINOR).

How Do I Pay by Check?

If you prefer this method of payment, please complete and print the appropriate online registration form, enclose payment by check, and send to:

      The College Music Society
      312 East Pine St.
      Missoula, MT 59802, USA

All registrations sent by mail must be postmarked one week in advance of posted registration deadlines. Note that mail-in registrations may only be paid by check. For your security, credit card information should never be sent by mail. A $50 fee is applied to balances for returned checks.

How Can I Access My Conference Registration Receipt? 

Conference attendees can print registration receipts from the website. After logging in with one’s membership credentials, click on the “Membership” tab, then select “My Event Registrations” under the “Activities” header. You will then see a list of all CMS events for which you have recently registered and clicking on the appropriate invoice number will generate a printable copy of your receipt. 

Cancellation Policy

Click here to view the complete Terms & Conditions for registration, including the registration cancellation policy.