2017 Southern Regional Conference

38th Southern Regional Conference
February 23-25, 2017
Austin Peay State University ◊ Clarksville, Tennessee


Registration Policy
All persons who derive professional benefit from attending a CMS conference (1) must hold current membership in CMS and (2) are required to register. This includes anyone whose name appears in the program: all accompanists, composers, panelists, and presenters. Likewise, any presenter who connects to the conference as by electronic means (e.g., Skype) must hold current membership and register for the event. Co-authors of research papers must register for and attend the conference in order for their name to be listed in the program.

The following are exempted from the membership and registration requirement: (1) guest presenters invited by the program committee (e.g., plenary speakers, workshop leaders), (2) panelists or co-presenters who are non-music professionals (e.g., brain specialists, librarians, university president), and (3) performers on concerts of works by CMS composers. If, however, these individuals wish to attend sessions in addition to the one in which they are presenting or performing, they will be asked to pay the registration fee accordingly. It is the responsibility of the individual who submitted the proposal to make conference planners aware of all non-music professionals involved in their presentation.

Registration Deadlines
Please note the following timeline for conference registration (all deadlines are Mountain Time):

  • Thursday, December 15: All presenters, performers, panelists, accompanists, & composers whose works will be performed on the program must register by 12 noon MDT.
  • Tuesday, January 23: Late fee applies from 12:01 pm MST onward.
  • Thursday, February 9: Last day to cancel and receive a refund (less $20 service fee).
  • Thursday, February 9: Mail-in Registrations must be postmarked by this date.
  • Wednesday, February 15: Online registration closes at 12:00 pm MST. Participants must register on site after this date.

The conference registration fee allows admission to all conference sessions.

Registration (fees apply through 12 noon MDT on January 23):

$145 Non-Member
$ 70 CMS Member
$ 35 CMS Student Member
$ 25 CMS Retired Member

Late Registration (a $25 late fee applies after 12:01 pm MDT on January 23):
$170 Non-Member
$ 95 CMS Member
$ 60 CMS Student Member
$ 50 CMS Retired Member

Cancellation Policy
Conference registration can be cancelled only in writing to CMS ([email protected]).

  1. Conference registrations cancelled on or before 12:00 noon MST on February 9, 2017 will be entitled to a full refund less a $20 handling & processing charge. Registrations cancelled after 12:01 p.m. MDT on February 9, 2017 will not be entitled to a refund.
  2. All refunds will be issued within one month of the event’s conclusion.
  3. Registrations are non-transferable.

The 2017 Regional Conference for the CMS Southern Chapter will take place on the campus of Austin-Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. The campus is about an hour’s drive from the Nashville International Airport (BNA); airlines do not fly into the Clarksville Regional Airport. Attendees may wish to take advantage of shuttle service from Clarksville to and from the airport, available at http://www.myshuttlelimo.com/, or ridesharing services such as Uber or Lyft.

**A few shuttle bus trips may be arranged between the conference location and BNA at times that are convenient for a group of arriving or departing attendees. If you are interested in such an arrangement, please email your basic flight information to Kristian Klefstad ([email protected]) and you will be contacted about any scheduled shuttle pick-up and drop-off times at BNA. Please do not forward your complete flight information, only your airline and arrival/departure times and contact information.

A block of rooms is reserved at a special rate for conference attendees at the Riverview Inn (50 College St., 37040). Indicate that you are with The College Music Society to reserve a room (one king or two twins) for $89/night, plus taxes. These accommodations include free Wi-Fi and a breakfast buffet. Visit http://theriverviewinn.com/ for more information.

The Riverview Inn is about 7 blocks from the Music and Mass Communications Building, where all conference activities will take place. Free shuttle service will be provided between the hotel and the Music and Mass Communications Building for the duration of the conference.

Other nearby hotels may be found at http://www.apsu.edu/student-life/lodging-and-dining, all are close to campus. A map of campus may be found at http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/map/2016-campusmap-GENERAL3.pdf.

Steven DemorestDr. Steven M. Demorest is a professor of music education at Northwestern University where he codirects the Laboratory for Music Cognition, Communication & Learning and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral music methods, music cognition, research methods, and philosophy. His research interests include the cognitive, neurological, and social foundations of inaccurate singing, the cultural neuroscience of music, and choral musicianship. Dr. Demorest's recent publications include Choral Music Methods and Materials (2nd Edition) with Barbara Brinson and chapters in Diana Deutsch’s The Psychology of Music (3rd Edition), Neurosciences and Music V: Cognitive Stimulation and Rehabilitation, and the Oxford Handbook of Music Education. His work has been published in scholarly journals from the cognitive neuroscience, music cognition and music education fields. His research on singing development with Peter Pfordresher was featured in The Atlantic, Science World Report and the Chicago Tribune. He serves on the editorial boards of Music Perception, Empirical Musicology Review, Reviews of Research in Human Learning and Music, and is the incoming editor for the International Journal of Research on Choral Singing. He is a member of the executive committee for the Society for Research in Music Education.

The CMS Composer-Performer Exchange allows an easy collaboration between composers and performers involved in CMS conferences.



Questions regarding this conference may be directed to:
Kristian I. Klefstad, 2017 CMS-SO Program Chair