Call for Student Compositions for Pre-formed Student Ensemble

Submission Deadline: 12 Noon Mountain Time on Tuesday, June 27, 2023

The College Music Society (CMS) is pleased to announce its 66th National Conference in Miami, Florida, October 26–28, 2023, in conjunction with the 2023 National Conference of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI).

The College Music Society National Conference’s 2023 theme is “The World Becomes What We Teach: Innovative, Inclusive, Empathetic, and Joyful.” The College Music Society's commitment to leading change is revolutionizing conversations across music in higher education about the ways in which we might better prepare musicians for the challenges and opportunities faced when living, learning, teaching, and performing music amidst a rapidly evolving globalized society.

The CMS Program Committee is excited to invite the submission of original music by CMS student composers, 10 minutes or less in duration, scored for the ensemble outlined below: 

  • Florida State University Student Saxophone Quartet (SATB)

We invite student composers to write for the full group instrumentation of this ensemble.

If the work is accepted, scores and parts will be due Tuesday, August 29. The composer is encouraged to be available for the dress rehearsal with the ensemble prior to the performance. 

The Committee seeks compositions from CMS student members.



  • Proposed works should be 10 minutes or less in duration.
  • Compositions performed at previous CMS National Conferences will not be considered for acceptance.
  • All student composers whose work is selected for inclusion on the program will need to register for, and attend, the entire conference. Registration should be completed by early summer 2023.
  • Due to the complexity of the conference schedule, student composers should expect to have their works performed on any day of the conference should their proposals be accepted. 
  • CMS does not fund travel expenses for accepted presenters, but CMS student members are eligible for travel support on behalf of the CMS Fund. Please contact [email protected] for more information about this funding opportunity. 
  • Proposers must submit their own work and may not submit proposals on behalf of their students or others. 
  • Proposals of a commercial nature that promote products and services will not be considered.



  • Composers must be current student members of The College Music Society at the time of submission. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please check your membership status well in advance of the submission deadline. Please note that the processing time for membership applications and/or renewals is 1–2 business days. 



  • Each member may only submit one score in response to this call. 
  • 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 they will participate. 



  • Electronic submissions are required. Proposals sent by mail will not be considered. 
  • The CMS 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 create 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, instrumentation, and duration, rounded up to the nearest half minute.
  1. A PDF copy of the full score and individual parts (anonymous; dedications and/or commissions should be redacted on the score for blind peer review). 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. 
  1. An anonymous digital recording of the work. MIDI file/software-synthesis realizations are acceptable. Most audio file formats are supported within Submittable.
  1. Program notes (250-words or less). 
  1. A list of required equipment. 
  1. A brief biography of the composer (250-words or less).

Please note: 

  • The name(s) or affiliations(s) of anyone involved in the presentation should not appear on the score or parts, including the ensemble, performers, dedications, or commissioners (if applicable), in program notes, or in the file names of submitted audio samples, as submissions are evaluated anonymously. Proposals identifying the composers will be disqualified. Names and affiliations may, however, appear in submitted biographies, as the review committee will not have access to this part of the application. 
  • Submissions must follow the guidelines outlined above in order to be considered. 



Proposals must be submitted by 12 noon Mountain Time on Tuesday, June 27, 2023.

Proposers will be notified of their status by Tuesday, July 11, 2023.



Questions regarding this call should be directed to: 
Mihoko Watanabe, 2023 Program Chair

Questions concerning conference operations should be directed to:
Charlie Chadwell, CMS Conference Planner


Submission Link:

You must be a CMS member to submit a proposal.
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