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.

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*: 

Two violins

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


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)
Flute (multiple volunteers)
Oboe (multiple volunteers)
English horn
French horn

* 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.



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



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.

Event Summary

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