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September 21-24, 2022 • Long Beach, California

2022 CMS National Conference


Our Mission

The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.

CMS Engagement and Outreach FAQs

Are CMS members concerned with engagement with and outreach to the public?

Yes. Musicians, by nature, are continually concerned with public service in support of the art of music. All do, indeed, care if you listen. CMS has established committees that develop liaison and manage engagement withand outreach to a variety of communities.

Isn't engagement with the public a complex topic that requires considerable time, energy, and focus, as well as its own pedagogy?

Yes. In spite of its complexity, CMS and its members are dedicated to this vitally important work.

What are the current areas of CMS engagement and outreach?

CMS has appointed committees to bring focus to the following areas:

  • community engagement
  • engagement with higher education 
  • engagement with the music business and industry
  • engagement with international communities
  • strategic partnerships with stakeholder organizations and groups with common goals

How can I contribute to engagement and outreach programs?

All are welcome to join the Society and take part in engagement activities. Please visit the Engagement and Outreach section of "About Us."  The roster of current CMS officers will be found here. What is The CMS Fund?

The College Music Society serves music in higher education by promoting music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research, diversity of perspective, and interdisciplinary cooperation. As an extension of the Society, The CMS Fund enhances American life through support of exemplary and innovative projects of the Society's members that bring to the wider public the accomplishments of the music profession in higher education.  

How can I find out more about the Fund, its programs, and contribute to this important initiative?

Please visit and get acquainted with The CMS Fund. The CMS Fund sponsors a variety of programs that bring the accomplishments of music teachers and students to their communities. Contributions are welcome and can greatly enhance these initiatives.