2020 CMS Southern Conference (41st)

41st Southern Conference
February 28-March 1, 2020 
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee

Submission Deadline: 12 noon Mountain Time on Friday, September 20, 2019

The Southern chapter of The College Music Society will hold its 41st Conference February 28–March 1, 2020, at the Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

NOTE: This is a Friday – Sunday afternoon conference this year!

The Program Committee welcomes proposals for demonstrations, discussion forums, panels, scholarly research papers, posters, and workshops relating to all aspects of music creation, performance, scholarship, teaching, learning, career considerations, and other areas of interest to the music professional. The Committee invites the broadest representation from the music profession and its interests, and welcomes proposals from students, faculty, retirees, and independent musicians from all educational and professional settings.

This year we will have a joint conference with the Society of Music Theory South-Central with the theme “Improvisation – Science, Practice, and Pedagogy.”

The Program Committee particularly encourages proposals that deal with the science, practice, or pedagogy of improvisation.

 

CONSIDERATIONS 

  • Demonstrations enable conference attendees to learn about methods, resources, or tools, and differ from workshops in that they are not interactive. Demonstrations are limited to 25 minutes.
  • Discussion Forums create a venue for attendees to interact and discuss specific topics related to the profession. While moderated, most of the information and knowledge sharing is generated by the audience rather than the presenter. Forums are less formal than speaker-led presentations. Forums are typically 55 minutes.
  • Panels provide an opportunity to examine a topic in depth. A panel comprises at least two panelists and is facilitated by a moderator. The moderator may either engage panelists with curated questions or may provide initial remarks before inviting each panelist to share their perspective within a pre-established time frame. Panels might conclude with an audience Q&A session, a summation of key points, and acknowledgements. Panels are typically 55 minutes.
  • Papers are 25-minute presentations of research or a significant discovery. These are spoken presentations but may include audiovisual elements and/or time for Q&A.
  • Posters present an idea or project via a compelling visual display. Time will be scheduled during the conference for poster presenters to interact with attendees regarding their research.
  • Workshops enable conference attendees to learn about specific methods, tools, resources, or projects through hands-on interaction, and are generally designed to teach something or develop a specific skill, or set of skills, rather than present original research.
  • Prior to submission, proposers must communicate with all co-presenters regarding their interest and availability. Proposals not listing all participants will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered.
  • All persons whose work is selected for inclusion on the program are expected to register for and attend the full conference. If the proposal is accepted, proposers will be asked to communicate with all participants in the presentation to ensure their registration by the end of the calendar year. 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 submits the proposal to, upon acceptance, make conference planners aware of all non-music professionals involved in their presentation and to request such an exemption.
  • Proposers agree to present on any day of the conference should their proposal be accepted.
  • The College Music Society does not fund travel expenses of accepted presenters.
  • Proposers must submit their own work and may not submit proposals on behalf of their students or others.
  • Proposals of a commercial nature that promote products or services will not be considered.

STUDENTS: this year we will program at least one all-student session, hopefully more. We highly encourage students to submit paper/panel/workshop/demo/poster proposals; they will be considered among other student sessions only.

We also encourage students to consider submitting their papers to the CMS Southern Chapter “David Kushner Student Paper Award” contest. Students must be members of the Southern Chapter and must submit a completed scholarly research paper. The winner will receive a $250 cash prize and will be recognized at the annual conference.


ELIGIBILITY

  • The Primary proposer must be a current member of The College Music Society. Persons interested in submitting a proposal should check their membership status well in advance of the submission deadline. Please note the processing time for membership applications and/or renewals is 1–2 business days.
  • It is not necessary for co-presenters to be current members at the time of submission; however, if invited to the program, every person involved in the presentation must join CMS.

 

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION & PARTICIPATION POLICY

  • Each member may submit a maximum of 2 proposal(s) in response to this Call.
  • Each member may submit a maximum of 3 proposal(s) to all calls for this conference.
  • The maximum number of presentations in which a member may be involved on the conference program is 3. If more than two proposals involving the same member are accepted – regardless of whether the member submitted the proposal or was added another member’s proposal – the individual in question must choose in which two presentations s/he will participate.


PREPARATION OF MATERIALS

  • Electronic submissions are required. Proposals sent by mail will not be considered.
  • The College Music Society’s conference submission process is powered by Submittable. To submit a proposal, please (1) log in to the CMS members-only website using your user name and password and then (2) click the ‘Submit’ button at the bottom of this call. You will be directed to Submittable to complete your proposal. If you don’t already have a Submittable account, you will be prompted to establish one. (Click here for help using Submittable and to view a list of Frequently Asked Questions.)
  • A complete proposal includes:
  1. The proposal’s title & format.
  2. An abstract of 250 words or less.
  3. Optional: You may add up to 3 supporting materials to your proposal. These might include printed music examples, photos, statistics, or relevant data. Do not include lengthy documents, dissertations, CVs, resumes, or PowerPoint presentations.
  4. A list of required equipment and Internet needs (Internet connections may include a fee).
  5. A biography of the proposer (250-word maximum).
  6. Details regarding all personnel involved in the presentation, including complete contact information (email address, mailing address, and phone) and a biography (250-word maximum) for each person. If your presentation includes 3 or more persons, download this spreadsheet, save the file using your name as the file name (e.g., smith_john.xlsx), and include the requested information for all additional presenters. You will be required to upload this completed file with your proposal.

Please Note: To support the blind review process, the name(s) or affiliation(s) of anyone involved in the presentation should not appear in the title or abstract, nor in the file names or body of submitted supplementary materials, as submissions are evaluated anonymously. Proposals identifying the proposer or co-presenters will be disqualified. Names and affiliations may appear in the “Co-Presenter” section of the proposal and in submitted biographies, however, as the review committee will not have access to this information.

  • Submissions that do not conform to the above guidelines will not be considered.

 

TIMELINE

  • Proposals must be submitted by 12 noon Mountain Time on Friday, September 20, 2019.
  • Proposers will be notified by Friday, October 18, 2019.

 

QUESTIONS?

Questions regarding this call should be directed to:
Kristian Klefstad
Mark Volker
Program Co-hosts, 2020 CMS-Southern Conference

You must be a CMS member to submit a proposal.
Please log in and the 'Submit' button will appear in this location. Or, click here to join CMS.

Submission Deadline: 12 noon Mountain Time on Friday, September 20, 2019

The Southern chapter of The College Music Society will hold its 41st Conference February 28–March 1, 2020, at the Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Program Committee welcomes submissions of original works to be performed during one or more special concerts during the conference. Composers must either perform their own works, provide their own performer(s), or submit pieces for the following volunteer performers/ensembles:

Belmont New Music Ensemble*: 

Flute
Clarinet
Horn
Trumpet
Trombone
Tuba
Percussion
Piano
Two violins
Viola
Cello
Guitar

* Smaller chamber ensembles formed by combinations of the above are possible.

      OR

CMS Volunteer performers on the following instruments*:

Clarinet/flute duet
Flute/piano duet
Clarinet/piano duet
Piano (solo and collaborative)
Voice (Baritone, Mezzo-soprano, and Soprano)
Piccolo
Flute (multiple volunteers)
Clarinet
Oboe (multiple volunteers)
English horn
Bassoon
French horn
Trumpet
Trombone
Viola

* Smaller chamber ensembles formed by combinations of the above (up to trios) are possible.

Electronic music submissions are also encouraged.

The Committee solicits the broadest representation of our profession and its interests and welcomes submissions from all 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.

CONSIDERATIONS

  • Proposed works must be 10 minutes or less in duration.
  • Composers who will provide their own performers must communicate with their performers prior to submission, regarding their interest and availability. Proposals which do not list all performers will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered.
  • Composers may wish to refer to the online CMS Player’s Roster to locate performers who have volunteered their services for this conference.
  • All composers whose work is selected for inclusion on the program are expected to register for, and attend, the entire conference. Performers on this concert, who may or may not be members of CMS, are not expected to register and attend the conference unless they wish to, but their attendance will be limited to the concert and any rehearsals if they do not register.
  • Composers must be willing to have their works performed on any day of the conference should their proposal be accepted.
  • The College Music Society does not fund travel expenses of accepted presenters or performers.
  • Proposers must submit their own work and may not submit proposals on behalf of their students or others.

STUDENTS: We highly encourage students to submit original compositions to be included on the Composers' Concerts; they will be considered among other student scores only.

All student score submissions will automatically be considered for the CMS Southern Chapter “Dennis Kam Student Composition Award” contest. Students must be members of the Southern Chapter and attend the performance at the conference. The winner will receive a $250 cash prize and will be recognized at the conference.


ELIGIBILITY

  • Composers must be current members of The College Music Society at the time of submission. Persons interested in submitting a proposal should check their membership status well in advance of the submission deadline. Please note the processing time for membership applications and/or renewals is 1–2 business days.


PROPOSAL SUBMISSION & PARTICIPATION POLICY

  • Each member may submit a maximum of 2 score(s) to this conference.
  • Each member may submit a maximum of 3 proposal(s) to all calls for this conference.
  • The maximum number of presentations in which a member may be involved on the conference program is 3. If more than two proposals involving the same member are accepted – regardless of whether the member submitted the proposal or was added another member’s proposal – the individual in question must choose in which two presentations s/he will participate.


PREPARATION OF MATERIALS

  • Electronic submissions are required. Proposals sent by mail will not be considered.
  • The College Music Society's conference submission process is powered by Submittable. To submit a proposal, please (1) log in to the CMS members-only website using your user name and password and then (2) click the ‘Submit’ button at the bottom of this call. You will be directed to Submittable to complete your proposal. If you don't already have a Submittable account, you will be prompted to establish one. (Click here for help using Submittable and to view a list of Frequently Asked Questions.)
  • A complete proposal includes:
  1. The score’s title, instrumentation, and duration, rounding up to the nearest half minute.
  2. A PDF copy of the full score and individual parts (anonymous). The score may be notated at concert pitch or transposed but the composer is asked to make this clear in the score. Multi-movement scores should be merged into a single PDF file, as should all parts.
  3. A digital recording of the work. MIDI file/software-synthesis realizations are acceptable. Most audio file formats are supported within Submittable.
  4. Program notes (not to exceed 250 words).
  5. A list of required equipment (Internet connections are not guaranteed).
  6. A brief biography of the composer (not to exceed 250 words).
  7. Name of performing ensemble, if applicable.
  8. Biography of ensemble or performer(s) (maximum total text of 250 words). Ensemble biographies may briefly address the achievements of each ensemble member; however, separate biographies of each individual performer are not requested in this case.
  9. Contact details for all performers, including an email address, mailing address, and phone number for each person. If your performance includes 3 or more performers, download this spreadsheet, save the file using your name as the file name (e.g., smith_john.xlsx), and complete the requested information for each involved person. You will be required to upload this completed file with your proposal.

Please note:

  • The name(s) or affiliation(s) of anyone involved in the presentation should not appear on the score or parts, in program notes, or in the file names of submitted audio samples, as submissions are evaluated anonymously. Proposals identifying the composer or collaborators will be disqualified. Names and affiliations may appear in submitted biographies and in the “Performers” section of the proposal, however, as the review committee will not have access to this part of the application.
  • Submissions that do not conform to the above guidelines will not be considered.

 

TIMELINE

  • Proposals must be submitted by 12 noon Mountain Time on Friday, September 20, 2019.
  • Proposers will be notified by Friday, October 25, 2019.

 

QUESTIONS?

Questions regarding this call should be directed to:
Valentin M. Bogdan:
2020 Composition Chair

You must be a CMS member to submit a proposal.
Please log in and the 'Submit' button will appear in this location. Or, click here to join CMS.

Submission Deadline: 12 noon Mountain Time on Friday, September 20, 2019

The Southern chapter of The College Music Society will hold its 41st Conference February 28–March 1, 2020, at the Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

NOTE: this is a Friday – Sunday afternoon conference this year!

The Program Committee of The College Music Society welcomes proposals for lecture-recitals and performances. The Committee solicits the broadest representation of our profession and its interests, and welcomes proposals from students, faculty, retirees, and independent musicians from all educational and professional settings.

This year we will have a joint conference with the Society of Music Theory South-Central with the theme “Improvisation – Science, Practice, and Pedagogy.”

Though members may submit on any topic or any work, the Program Committee particularly encourages lecture-recital and performance proposals that deal with improvisation.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

  • Performances are intended to present live music, and speaking is generally limited to brief introductory comments. While these can feature new music, this is not the appropriate submission venue for works by CMS composers. Two types of performances are possible:
  1. Stand-alone Performance: A 25-minute program from a single performer or ensemble may be proposed that features music by one or more composers. The time limit is inclusive of set-up and tear-down.
  1. Showcase Performance: Brief performances of 10 minutes or less may be proposed which will be included on a larger concert organized by the Program Committee. The time limit is inclusive of set-up and tear-down.
  • Lecture-recitals are limited to 25 minutes each, inclusive of delivery, discussion, and/or questions as appropriate. Lecture-recitals differ from performances in that they provide opportunities for performing combined with a significant amount of speaking.
  • The same topic may not be submitted as both a lecture-recital and performance.
  • Prior to submission, proposers must communicate with all collaborators regarding their interest and availability. This includes collaborative pianists. Proposals not listing all participants will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered.
  • All persons whose work is selected for inclusion on the program are expected to register for and attend the full conference. If the proposal is accepted, proposers will be asked to communicate with all participants involved in the presentation to ensure their registration by Nov. 15, 2019.
  • Proposers agree to present on any day of the conference should their proposal be accepted.
  • The College Music Society does not fund travel expenses of accepted presenters or performers.
  • Proposers must submit their own work and may not submit proposals on behalf of their students or others.

STUDENTS: this year we will program at least one all-student session, hopefully more. We highly encourage students to submit lecture-recital and performance proposals; they will be considered among other student proposals only.


ELIGIBILITY

  • The Primary proposer must be a current member of The College Music Society. Persons interested in submitting a proposal should check their membership status well in advance of the submission deadline. Please note the processing time for membership applications and/or renewals is 1–2 business days.
  • It is not necessary for collaborators to be current members at the time of submission; however, if invited to the program, every person involved in the presentation must join CMS and register for the conference.

 

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION & PARTICIPATION POLICY

  • Each member may submit a maximum of 2 proposal(s) in response to this Call.
  • Each member may submit a maximum of 3 proposal(s) to all calls for this conference.
  • The maximum number of presentations in which a member may be involved on the conference program is 3. If more than two proposals involving the same member are accepted – regardless of whether the member submitted the proposal or was added another member’s proposal – the individual in question must choose in which two presentations s/he will participate.

 

PREPARATION OF MATERIALS

  • Electronic submissions are required. Proposals sent by mail will not be considered.
  • The College Music Society's conference submission process is powered by Submittable. To submit a proposal, please (1) log in to the CMS members-only website using your user name and password and then (2) click the ‘Submit’ button at the bottom of this call. You will be directed to Submittable to complete your proposal. If you don't already have a Submittable account, you will be prompted to establish one. (Click here for help using Submittable and to view a list of Frequently Asked Questions.)
  • A complete proposal includes:
  1. The proposal’s title and format.
  2. Lecture-recital proposals require an abstract of 250 words or less.
  3. Performance proposals require program notes of 250 words or less, as well as a list of all titles, movements, and composers being proposed, an indication of the instrumentation, and duration of each work. If a proposal includes lengthy pieces which will not be played in their entirety, please clarify within the program notes which sections will be performed.
  4.  A list of required equipment and Internet needs (Internet connections are not guaranteed);
  5.  A digital recording of the performer(s) to demonstrate proficiency. Preference will be given to submissions that include a recording of the proposer performing the actual work being proposed. Where this is not possible, the submitted example must be of a comparable style, genre, or historical period. Reference recordings of a proposed work(s) by a performer other than the proposer may be submitted, provided the file name reflects this distinction by including the word “Reference.” Most audio file formats are supported within Submittable.
  6. Optional: You may add up to 3 supporting materials to your proposal. These might include printed music examples, photos, statistics, or relevant data. Do not include lengthy documents, dissertations, CVs, resumes, or PowerPoint presentations.
  7.  A brief biography of the proposer (not to exceed 250 words).
  8. Name of performing ensemble, if applicable.
  9. Biographies of the performer(s) or ensemble (maximum total text of 250 words). Ensemble biographies may briefly address the achievements of each ensemble member; however, separate biographies of each individual performer are not requested in this case.
  10. Contact details for all collaborators, including an email address, mailing address, and phone number for each person. Pianists must be named in this section. If your presentation includes 3 or more persons, download this spreadsheet, save the file using your name as the file name (e.g., smith_john.xlsx), and complete the requested information for each involved person. You will be required to upload this completed file with your proposal.

Please note: To support the blind review process, the name(s) and/or affiliation(s) of anyone involved in the presentation, including the ensemble, performers, or commissioners (if applicable), should not appear in the title, abstract, or program notes, nor in the file names or body of submitted supplementary materials. Submissions are evaluated anonymously and proposals identifying the proposer or co-presenters will be disqualified. Names and affiliations may appear in the “Collaborators” section of the proposal and in submitted biographies, however, as the review committee will not have access to this information.

  • Submissions that do not conform to the above guidelines will not be considered.

 

TIMELINE

  • Proposals must be submitted by 12 noon Mountain Time on Friday, September 20, 2019.
  • Proposers will be notified by Friday, October 18, 2020.

 

QUESTIONS?

Questions regarding this call should be directed to:
Kristian Klefstad
Mark Volker
Program Co-hosts, 2020 CMS-Southern Conference

You must be a CMS member to submit a proposal.
Please log in and the 'Submit' button will appear in this location. Or, click here to join CMS.

Event Summary

Event Date 02-28-2020
Event End Date 03-01-2020
Location Vanderbilt University