Call for Asynchronous Virtual Presentations

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 Program Committee of The College Music Society welcomes proposals for 25-minute Asynchronous Virtual Presentations relating to global music creation, performance, scholarship, teaching, learning, career considerations, and other areas of interest to the music professional. The Program Committee particularly encourages, and will give priority to, proposals that: 

  1. Explore music’s historical role in connecting people across diverse experiences and backgrounds, igniting change in the face of social injustice, and inspiring communities to be more curious, creative, and collaborative. 
  2. Unpack educational models that embrace high-impact practices, inclusive pedagogies, and transdisciplinary studies as we together shape new ways of teaching and learning music in the 21st century.
  3. Promote ethical scholarship, performance, and teaching of musical cultures of marginalized populations, particularly Indigenous, Black, and trans/non-binary peoples.
  4. Celebrate globally diverse musical traditions, with special attention to the cultural and musical heritage of the South Florida region. 
  5. Welcome new voices into CMS conversations, including those from the fields of music therapy and musical theatre.

Recorded presentations are limited to 25 minutes in length, and will be shared and distributed asynchronously via The Learning Toolbox by the Kubify platform (this is the same platform used for CMS ePosters). Accepted asynchronous presentations will be archived and made available to all CMS members after the conference. 


***All accepted Asynchronous Virtual Presentation presenters will also be invited to join the 2023 CMS National Conference to deliver an optional in-person Lightning Talk on their submitted 25-minute presentation. Lightning Talks are 5-minute presentations focused on a single topic, example, idea, project, or technique. Lightning talks aim to present one facet of an idea clearly and succinctly. Presenters will be asked to explain the primary point(s) of their 25-minute virtual presentation within a shortened time frame. 

Applicants will be asked to specify their preference to participate in the Lightning Talk portion of this call upon submission of their 25-minute Asynchronous Proposal. Accepted Lightning Talk presenters will give their talks in a group setting during the CMS 2023 National Conference. The time and date of this session will be confirmed with presenters no later than six weeks prior to the start of the conference. 



  • Prior to submission, proposers must communicate with all co-presenters regarding their interest and availability. Proposals not listing all participants will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered. 
  • All applicants whose virtual asynchronous presentations are selected for inclusion on the CMS Kubify platform will be required to register for the CMS National Conference at a discounted rate. The discounted rate for virtual presenters is $100.
  • All accepted applicants who choose to participate in the in-person Lightning Talk portion of this call will be required to register for the National Conference at the standard member rate and are highly encouraged to attend the full conference. Virtual participants electing to attend the conference in person will be required to pay the full conference registration.
  • CMS does not fund travel expenses for accepted presenters. 
  • 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. 



  • The Primary proposer must be a current member of CMS. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please check your membership status well in advance of the submission deadline. Please note the processing time for membership applications and/or renewals is 1–2 business days.
  • Co-facilitator(s) do not need to hold CMS membership status at the time of submission; however, if invited to the program, they will need to join the organization. 



  • The number of submissions made in response to this call is at the discretion of the presenter; however, each successful presenter is limited to giving one lightning talk session at the 2023 National Conference.
  • If a member submits more than one proposal to the conference, each submission should be unique and content may not be duplicated, either in response to this Call or any other Calls for this conference, including proposals submitted to ATMI. 
  • Each member may be added by others as a co-presenter (e.g., panelist or accompanist) to a maximum of two proposals. 
  • The maximum number of presentations in which a member may be involved on the in-person 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 to another member’s proposal – the individual in question must choose in which two presentations they will participate.
  • Submitters may not send the same or very similar proposals to both CMS and ATMI.



Electronic submissions are required. Proposals sent by mail will not be considered.

To support the anonymous review process, the name(s) or affiliation(s) of anyone involved in the presentation should not appear in the title or abstract, nor in the file names or body of submitted supplementary materials, as submissions are evaluated anonymously. Proposals identifying the proposer or co-presenters will be disqualified. Names and affiliations may appear in the “Co-Facilitator” section of the proposal and in submitted biographies, however, as the review committee will not have access to this information. 

The College Music Society’s conference submission process is powered by Submittable. To submit a proposal, please (1) log in to the CMS members-only website using your username 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 establish one. (Click here for help using Submittable and to view a list of Frequently Asked Questions.) 

A complete proposal includes:

  1. The proposal’s title. 
  2. An abstract of 250 words or less. Preparing an Abstract
  3. You may add up to 3 supporting materials to your proposal (optional). These can include printed music examples, photos, statistics, or relevant data. Do not include lengthy documents, dissertations, CVs, resumes, or PowerPoint presentations. Neither file names nor uploaded materials should identify the proposer or any other collaborators. 
  4. A biography of the proposer and each co-facilitator, if applicable (250-word maximum per person). 
  5. Contact details for all personnel involved in the presentation, including an email address, mailing address, and phone number for each person, as well as individual institutional affiliations, if applicable. 

When referencing one’s own previously published research, the proposer should refer to such research in the third person to avoid identifying themselves. For example, hypothetical proposal submitter D. Graham should write, “D. Graham’s article, ‘XYZ,’ summarizes pertinent issues,” instead of writing, “My article, ‘XYZ,’ summarizes pertinent issues.” The wording in the first example protects the anonymity of the author, while the second compromises the author’s anonymity by linking the author of the proposal to previously published work by a named author.

Submissions that do not conform to the above guidelines will not 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


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