Sixty-Fifth National Conference (2022)

Who May Attend?

CMS, ATMI, NACWPI, and PKL welcome to their National Conferences all music professionals, including those (a) in academia (full-time and adjunct faculty, community college faculty, students, and retired faculty), (b) in the music industry, and (c) active as independent musicians and scholars. Those holding current membership in one of the presenting organizations are entitled to receive a discount on registration fees. Others not holding membership in any of these organizations will be charged the non-member conference rate. Additionally, we recommend that professionals from within the music industry consider hosting a table in our exhibit hall. 

Registration Policy

All persons who derive professional benefit from presenting work during a CMS conference (1) must hold current membership in CMS and (2) are required to register for the full conference. This includes anyone whose name appears in the program: all collaborative pianists, performers*, composers, panelists, and presenters. Likewise, any presenter who connects to the conference by electronic means (e.g., Zoom/Skype) must hold current membership and register for the event. Co-authors of research papers and posters must register for and attend the conference as a condition of having their name listed in the program.

At its discretion, the Program Committee may exempt from the membership and registration fee requirements specific individuals, such as invited guest speakers or panelists who are non-music professionals (e.g., lawyers, librarians, neurobiologists, etc.). However, it is the responsibility of the individual who submitted the proposal to, upon acceptance, request such an exemption for all non-music professionals involved in their presentation. The deadline for requesting exemptions is Thursday, May 19, 2022. Such requests must be made by contacting the CMS Program Chair.

* Performers of works by invited CMS composers are neither required to be members nor pay registration fees unless they are invited to the program via the Call for Participation or plan to attend conference sessions in addition to the concert in which they are performing. In this case, they are expected to pay the full registration fee accordingly.

Registration Timeline

Thursday, June 16: 12 noon Mountain Time: Registration Deadline for Presenters & Composers 
  * All presenters, panelists, collaborators, & composers whose works will be performed on the program must register before this deadline

Thursday, June 16: 12 noon Mountain Time: Early Bird Discount ends
   * Regular registration fees apply after 12:01 pm Mountain Time

Thursday, June 16: Last day to cancel and receive a full refund, less processing fee

Thursday, August 4: Postmark Deadline for mail-in registrations

Thursday, August 11: 12 noon Mountain Time: Registration Deadline for Presiders who are also not presenters

Thursday, August 11: 12 noon Mountain Time: Online registration closes
  * Participants must register on site after this

Thursday, August 11: Last day to cancel and receive a partial refund


The conference registration fee allows admission to all CMS, ATMI, NACWPI, and PKL sessions. Hotel accommodations and meals (unless otherwise noted in the schedule) are not included with your conference registration fee. 

  • To qualify for the discounted member rate, your organizational membership must be valid through September 25, 2022. 
  • CMS Members: Be sure you are logged in (top menu, right) with your membership credentials for your membership discount to be applied.
  • Attendees who are members of ATMI, NACWPI, or PKL must enter their organization’s discount code to receive the member rate. Discount codes may be obtained from each organization’s program chair.
  • Attendees who are members of CMS as well as ATMI, NACWPI, or PKL must EITHER log into the CMS website to receive their CMS membership discount OR receive their membership discount through ATMI, NACWPI, or PKL by using that organization’s discount code WITHOUT logging into the CMS website. Only one membership discount is allowed. Any registration that includes more than one membership discount will be voided, and the participant will be asked to register again. 

Registration Fee Table

Save 50% on Registration by Staying at the Conference Hotel!
Conference attendees are strongly encouraged to utilize the Westin Long Beach Hotel for their lodging, as this impacts the organization’s ability to provide future programs. Visit the conference hotel page for more information about the impact this can have on our events. 

As a special incentive to stay in the conference hotel, all members of CMS, ATMI, NACWPI, and PKL who reserve using the conference guest room reservation link and stay for a minimum of 2 nights will receive a 50% discount on the registration fees listed above!

IMPORTANT: To receive this discount, you must first make your hotel reservation using the conference guest room reservation link, then register for the conference. Reservations made through third-party websites (e.g., Expedia,, etc.) do not qualify for this discount. A valid hotel confirmation number must be included on the registration form to qualify for the additional discount. Registrations that do not include a valid confirmation number will be voided and the attendee will need to register again. Fee adjustments will not be offered to those who register first then subsequently reserve a guest room at the conference hotel. On-site registrants requesting the Conference Hotel rate must provide their confirmation number at the time of registration. If you are sharing a room with another person, be sure that your name is added to the reservation. Be aware that if your name does not appear on the room reservation, you are not officially considered a guest of the hotel.  

CMS counts on you to be honest when you select a registration rate and pay to attend the conference. Following the conference, we will confirm that all registrants honored their reservation. Anyone who registers for the conference at the lower rate but does not appear on the hotel’s registration log will forfeit their right to a discounted rate and will be invoiced for the difference in fees following the conference.

Registration Fees Discount TableAdd a Guest Registration
The conference is not open to the public; however, CMS offers a special registration fee of $50 that allows a friend, family member, or partner of a presenter to attend the event of their sponsoring presenter. To qualify for this rate, guest registrants may not be music professionals nor be able to derive professional benefit from attending the conference.

How Do I Pay by Check?
Most attendees prefer to register online; however, it is also possible to register with payment by check. If you prefer this method of payment, please complete the online registration form but print the form instead of clicking the “Process Registration” button. The completed form should be mailed, with an accompanying check in the full amount of the registration, to: The College Music Society, Re: 2022 National Conference, 312 E. Pine St., Missoula, MT 59808. Note that mail-in registrations may only be paid by check. For your security, credit card information should never be sent by mail. A $50 fee is applied to balances for returned checks. 

How Can I Access My Conference Registration Receipt? 
Conference attendees can print registration receipts from the website. After logging in with one’s membership credentials, click on the “Membership” tab, then select “My Event Registrations” under the “Activities” header. You will then see a list of all CMS events for which you have recently registered and clicking on the appropriate invoice number will generate a printable copy of your receipt.  

View the complete terms and conditions for registration, including the registration cancellation policy. Be certain to also familiarize yourself with the policy and timeline regarding the hotel room cancellation fee.

Event Summary

Event Date 09-21-2022
Event End Date 09-24-2022
Cut off date 08-11-2022 12:00 pm
Individual Price Price varies by member status and category.
Location Westin Long Beach