2019 Rocky Mountain Conference (34th)

2019 CMS Rocky Mountain Conference (34th)
March 30, 2019
Fort Lewis College
Durango, CO 

   Conference Schedule

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 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.


Registration Timeline

December 13, 2018: Registration Deadline for All Presenters & Composers (12 noon Mountain Time)

March 7, 2019: Online registration closes (12 noon Mountain Time) * Participants must register on site after this (a late fee will apply)

March 7, 2019:  Last day to cancel and receive a refund (less $15 service fee)


On-Site Registration

CMS Member: $85.00
CMS Retired Member: $65.00
CMS Student Member: $55.00
Non-Member: $110.00

Cancellation Policy

Conference registration can be cancelled only in writing to CMS ().

  1. Conference registrations cancelled on or before 12:00 noon Mountain Time on March 7, 2019 will be entitled to a full refund less a $15 handling & processing charge. Registrations cancelled after this deadline will not be entitled to a refund.
  2. All refunds will be issued within one month of receipt of the cancellation notice.
  3. Registrations are non-transferable.
  4. Leaving the conference early, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of the event. 

Choose the 'Individual Registration' button upper left to register.

jacobsen kristinaKristina Jacobsen holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University, the MPhil in Ethnomusicology from Columbia University, a master’s in ethnomusicology from Arizona State University, and a bachelor’s degree in music (flute performance) and history (concentration: Native North America).

Based on 2 ½ years of singing and playing with Navajo county western bands, her book, The Sound of Navajo Country: Music, Language and Diné Belonging (2017, University of North Carolina Press), examines cultural intimacy and generational nostalgia on the Navajo (Diné) Nation. This book is the first in a series, Critical Indigeneities, edited by J. Kēhaulani Kauanui and Jean M. O’Brien and focusing on contemporary indigenous experience and critical theory. Her research interests include: music and language, anthropology of the voice, politics of authenticity, indigeneity and belonging, music of Native North America, Sardinia and the Appalachian Mountains, race and musical genre, music as cultural performance, indigenous language revitalization and U.S. working class expressive cultures. Her latest ethnographic project focuses on American music, settler colonialism and Sardinian language politics on the Italian island of Sardinia.

Together with Kerry F. Thompson (Diné, Salt Clan), she has a forthcoming article on the recent Navajo Nation presidential election and language fluency debate, titled “The Right to Lead: Language, Iconicity Diné Presidential Politics.” She has a chapter focusing on ethnography and songwriting in the forthcoming book (Spring 2018), Arts-Based Research in Education: Foundations for Practice, edited by Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor and Richard Siegesmund. Together with the late Shirley Bowman (Diné; Bitahnii) she has another forthcoming article on kinship, blood quantum and adopted clans on the Navajo Nation. Recent articles include “Radmilla’s Voice: Music Genre, Blood Quantum and Belonging on the Navajo Nation” (Cultural Anthropology, 2014) and “Rita(hhh): Placemaking and Country Music on the Navajo Nation” (Ethnomusicology, 2009).

Kristina has taught courses in linguistic anthropology, Native American Studies, ethnomusicology and cultural anthropology at Duke University, Diné College and Northern Arizona University. Kristina is a touring singer, songwriter, lapsteel player and country artist (she fronts the all-girl honky tonk band, Merlettes). She recently completed solo tours in Denmark, Sweden and Italy, and also taught songwriting workshops to inmates in the Swedish and Italian prison systems. Her recent solo album, Three Roses, was nominated for three New Mexico Music awards and is a collaboration between songwriters and musicians in Denmark, the United Kingdom and the U.S. To learn more about her research, teaching and music, visit http://www.kristina-jacobsen.com.

Flying to Durango

Durango guests may fly directly to DRO, Durango-La Plata County airport, using United or American Airlines. The airport is 15 miles outside of town in a rural environment, so hotel shuttle service or car rental is required. For more information, visit http://www.durangogov.org/index.aspx?nid=202.

Lodging in Durango

National Hotel Franchises with Shuttle Service

DoubleTree by Hilton  (970) 259-6580, 501 Camino del Rio
Shuttle service is free in town (including to/from campus) and costs $15 for round-trip airport transport. Shuttle runs by appointment from 5:00am to midnight. This hotel is walking distance from scenic Main Ave., Durango’s premier arts and food district.

Holiday Inn and Suites  (970) 385-6400, 21636 Highway 160 West
Shuttle service is free in town (including to/from campus) and to the airport. Shuttle runs by appointment from 7:00am-11:00pm.

Homewood Suites by Hilton  (970) 259-2996, 15 Girard Street
Complimentary shuttle service is only offered to the airport. Shuttles begin at 7:20am and run every hour until 8:20pm.

Historic Hotels
These hotels are situated on or near scenic Main Ave., Durango’s premier arts and food district. They do not offer shuttle service.

Historic Strater Hotel  (970) 247-4431, 699 Main Ave.

The General Palmer Hotel  (970) 247-4747, 567 Main Ave.

Rochester Hotel and Leland House  (970) 385-1920, 726 E. 2nd Ave.

Transportation in Durango

Car rental is easy from DRO. Alamo, Avis, Enterprise, Hertz, and National all have offices at the airport. Enterprise offers in-town rentals. More information is at this link: http://www.durangogov.org/index.aspx?NID=210

For those who would prefer not to rent a car, it is recommended that visitors select a hotel with in-town shuttle service. While the campus is geographically close to most hotels in Durango, it sits atop a mesa that makes walking to campus from the downtown area strenuous.

Uber is operational in Durango. However, the small number of drivers leads to hit-or-miss availability. Please do not depend on Uber for early-morning transport to DRO. Durango Cab Service also provides reliable transport, (970) 259-4818.

Driving to Durango

Durango is a scenic 3.5-hour drive from Albuquerque and 6-hour drive from Denver. Weather conditions in late March should be amenable to drivers from all directions, but drivers are encouraged to check CDOT for road conditions on the Colorado mountain passes before their trip (https://www.codot.gov/travel).

Activities in Durango

Durango is known for high-caliber hiking, mountain biking, road cycling, and skiing. It also has a high number of restaurants and bars per capita, serving tastes from casual to fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere. Visit https://www.durango.org/ for tourism information.

Campus Map and Parking

Conference activities will take place in Jones Hall on the Fort Lewis College campus. Parking permits are available for Friday, $5 per day, from kiosks at campus entrances. Parking on Saturday is free.

Event Summary

Event Date 03-30-2019
Event End Date 04-01-2019
Registration Start Date 11-11-2018
Cut off date 03-07-2019 12:00 pm
Individual Price $90.00
Location Fort Lewis College
We are no longer accepting online registration for this event. Please register on site.