2018 Southern Regional Conference

39th Southern Regional Conference
February 22–24, 2018
Albany State University ◊ Albany, Georgia

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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 for their name to be listed in the program.

Performers on concerts of works by CMS composers are not required to be members or pay registration fees unless these persons plan to attend conference sessions in addition to the one in which they are presenting or performing. In this case, they are expected to pay the registration fee accordingly.

At its discretion, the Program Committee may exempt from the membership and registration fee requirements specific individuals, such as invited speakers or guest panelists who are non-music professionals. It is the responsibility of the individual who submitted the proposal to, upon acceptance, make conference planners aware of all non-music professionals involved in their presentation and to request such an exemption.


  • noon Mountain Time on Wednesday, December 20: Registration Deadline: All presenters, performers, panelists, collaborative pianists, & composers whose works will be performed on the program must register to confirm their participation.

  • Thursday, February 1: Mail-in Registrations must be postmarked by this date.

  • noon Mountain Time on Thursday, February 1: Online registration closes. Participants must register on site after this date.


The conference registration fee allows admission to all conference sessions. CMS members should log into the website prior to registering to obtain the member rate.

Advance Registration (fees apply through noon Mountain Time on Thursday, February 1):
Non-Member: $145
CMS Member: $75
CMS Student Member: $25
CMS Retired Member: $35

On-Site Registration (fees apply after 12:01 pm Mountain Time on Thursday, February 1):
Non-Member: $170
CMS Member: $95
CMS Student Member: $60
CMS Retired Member: $50


noon Mountain Time on Thursday, February 1: Cancellations received before noon Mountain Time will be entitled to a full refund, less a $10 handling & processing charge. Registrations cancelled after 12:01 p.m. Mountain Time will not be entitled to a refund. Registrations are non-transferable.


The Conference Hotel is:

Hampton Inn & Suites Albany At Albany Mall
2628 Dawson Road
Albany, GA 31707
Phone: (229) 405-2000


  • Free hot breakfast
  • Free WiFi access in every guest room
  • Gym/fitness center use

Check-in and Check-out
Standard check-in time is 3:00 pm and standard check-out time is 11:00 am.

The discounted conference room rate is $119 per night plus applicable state and local taxes for single or double occupancy.

Reservation Deadline
The deadline to reserve rooms at the conference rate is Tuesday, February 6, 2018. The CMS Southern Chapter is holding a limited block of rooms, and these are sold on a first-come, first- served basis.

How to Reserve
Reserve Online by clicking here, entering your travel dates, number of persons in the room, selecting “Add special rate codes,” then entering the Group Code “CMS.” Finally, click the red button, “Check Rooms & Rates” to view available rooms.

A credit card is required at the time of reservation to hold a room but will not be charged at the time of reservation.

Note: The above are the only reservation methods guaranteed by the hotel to result in an actual booking. Please be aware that phone and email scams exist which target conference attendees, and that neither the hotel nor CMS have authorized any third-party agents to represent them in booking rooms for guests.

Roommate Finder
If you are interested in locating a roommate for the conference, you may find the CMS Roommate Finder helpful.

Transforming Lives through the Power of Diversity in the Arts
Andre Dowell will lead participants in a bold conversation about the important role diversity plays in the arts, arts education, and arts leadership. Participants will learn strategies to cultivate positive changes within organizations. This session will guide participants in engaging others in meaningful conversations about the value of diversity and how it can impact the lives of students.

dowell andreAndre Dowell is a strategic arts administrator and thought leader who helps drive national programming and conversations around diversity in classical music. He currently serves as Chief Programming Officer for the Sphinx Organization, the nation’s leading arts organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. In this role, he oversees all programmatic initiatives through which Sphinx expands access to classical music education, supports emerging talent, and curates performance opportunities around the country. Under Andre’s leadership, his team’s national partner network has grown to 30+ orchestras, enabling Sphinx to continue expanding its programming to new audiences nationwide.

Beyond his role at Sphinx, Andre is committed to building a thriving national arts community through a growing roster of speaking engagements and external leadership roles. He has been invited to address audiences at training centers including Interlochen Center for the Arts, the University of Tennessee at Martin, Lindenwood University, the University of Toledo, and the University of Denver. He currently serves as chair of the Classical Connections Committee within the Association for Performing Arts Professionals, a board member for Third Coast Percussion, and as a panelist for the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s ArtsCONNECT Program.

Andre builds capacity for his local arts community as a board member for River Raisin Ragtime Revue and the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance Alumni Society. Andre has also previously served on the board for Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra and as a selection committee member for the American Express NGen Fellows Program. Amid ongoing service to Sphinx and the field, Andre remains an active musician. He performs regularly with the River Raisin Ragtime Revue and the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club, as well as independent projects breaking ground in contemporary music.

A native of Trenton, Tennessee, Andre’s music career began in piano lessons at the urging of his mother. Despite his initial reluctance to embrace the craft, it was not long before Andre was transformed by an unshakable love of sound. Driven by a passion for music that crystallized in the Southern Black Baptist Church and school ensembles, he would complete Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Percussion Performance at the University of Michigan. Andre resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife and daughter, along with an expertly curated collection of bowties.