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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 Career Development FAQs

In general, what does CMS mean by "Career Development"?

CMS brings focus to the career development of its members, from student days through retirement, both inside higher education and outside the academy. CMS assists with employment seeking skills, leadership initiatives, financial planning, thriving in your career, and working as an independent musician or academic citizen.

Does CMS offer a list of employment opportunities for musicians?

Yes. CMS has been publishing its Music Vacancy List since the fall of 1973. It is available to CMS members 24/7 and is updated daily. It is sent to members each Friday.

How do I post a job opening online?

Follow this link for complete information and to post your position on the CMS secure server.

Does CMS offer other CMS career development activities?

Yes. CMS has five committees that bring focus to the career development of its members, and offer opportunities to understand the music field and hone essential career skills.  These include committees that serve

  • Academic Careers
  • Academic Leadership and Administration
  • Academic Citizenship
  • Music Entrepreneurship Education
  • Careers Outside the Academy

Many opportunities are offered at conferences and resources are available online.

Please visit the Career Development of "About Us." The roster of current CMS officers will be found here.