2020 CMS Pacific Northwest Conference (33rd)

33rd Pacific Northwest Conference
March 27-28, 2020
Cornish College of the Arts
Seattle, Washington

    Conference Schedule

Non-member: $130
Regular member: $55
Retired member: $30
Student member: $35

Online registration deadline: March 1, 2020
On-site registration includes a $30 late fee.

Click the 'Register Individual' button upper left to register online.

All conference events will take place at Cornish College of the Arts, in the historic Kerry Hall.

The address for Kerry Hall is 710 E. Roy Street, Seattle WA, 98102.

Cornish College of the ArtsKerry Hall, constructed in 1921, was the first full-time home for Cornish College. Founded by Nellie Cornish in 1914, Cornish was built on the foundation of progressive and interdisciplinary teaching in music, and a true synthesis of all the arts. John Cage first invented the prepared piano and constructed Imaginary Landscape No. 1 in this building. Cage began his life-long collaboration and relationship with Merce Cunningham in this building. In 1935 the first college-level school of radio broadcasting was initiated, on the site that now houses condos just north of the building. Nellie Cornish was a progressive thinker whose goal was to bring together the arts in an interdisciplinary relationship. She and those administrators who followed brought many thinkers and teachers together in this building, including Mark Tobey, Martha Graham, Julian Priester, and many more.


Patricia Shehan Campbell (University of Washington)

Friday, March 27, 2020
5:00–6:00 pm
Poncho Hall

Regular and timely consideration of the structure, content, and process of undergraduate music studies is healthy for students and faculty alike, particularly when attention can be given to  student interests and needs and the realities of the musical worlds in which they will live and work. Despite music’s centrality to civilization, the core aspects of undergraduate music programs typically remain insulated from relevance to issues arising from a shrinking global society, technology’s influences on every aspects of our lives, and growing tensions associated with demographic and economic divides.  This talk follows on the dialogue initiated seven years ago by a task force of eight college and university music faculty, all members of The College Music Society, across dimensions of artistic practice, pedagogy, scholarship, leadership, and innovation. The group’s recommendations, in their Manifesto of a three-pillared pathway of creativity, diversity, and integration, were revealed, responded to, and enacted upon. Still, the work is ongoing as to how the Manifesto’s pillar points, particularly in the way of creativity, diversity, and integration, can shape a more relevant education for undergraduate music majors who will graduate into the working world of musicians in our many-splendored society.


Patricia Shehan Campbell is Donald E. Peterson Professor of Music at the University of Washington, where she teaches courses at the interface of education and ethnomusicology. A singer and pianist, with studies of the Japanese koto, Celtic harp, Karnatic Indian mridangam, and Bulgarian and Wagogo song, she has lectured internationally on the pedagogy of world music and children’s musical cultures. She is the author of Music, Education, and Diversity: Bridging Cultures and Communities (2018), Songs in Their Heads (1998, 2010), Teaching Music Globally (2004), Lessons from the World (1991), Music in Cultural Context (1996), Musician and Teacher (2008), co-author of Music in Childhood  (2017, 4th edition) and Redefining Music Studies in an Age of Change (2017), co-editor of the Oxford Global Music Series and the Oxford Handbook on Children’s Musical Cultures (2013). Campbell is recipient of the 2012 Taiji Award and the 2017 Koizumi Prize for work on the preservation of traditional music through educational practice. Chair of the Advisory Board of Smithsonian Folkways and educational consultant in the repatriation of Alan Lomax recordings to the American South, she is editor of the seven-volume Routledge World Music Pedagogy Series (2018-2020).


Seattle has many lodging options, both close to Kerry Hall and many more downtown. We are recommending two options for lodging that are both walking distance to Kerry Hall. The first is the Silver Cloud Hotel  (the hotel address is 1100 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122). The second is The Bacon Mansion Bed and Breakfast (959 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102).


Arriving in Seattle:

  • Sea-Tac International Airport: If coming from the airport, there are cabs, ride-share, or public transit via the Sound Transit Link-Light Rail. The light rail will take you to the Capitol Hill neighborhood, just blocks from Kerry Hall.
  • Driving: Seattle traffic can be challenging, but the conference locations are easily accessed from I-5.

Travel around Seattle:

  • Light Rail and Buses: Transit is generally good in Seattle, and there is a Light Rail Station (Capitol Hill) just a few blocks from Kerry Hall. Plan trips here.
  • Walking: The hotel and many great restaurants are within walking distance of Kerry Hall.
  • Ride Share: Lyft and Uber are active in Seattle. Several taxi companies also serve Broadway frequently.
  • Driving and Parking: There is street parking around the Capitol Hill neighborhood, but be sure to follow all restrictions and read signs carefully. There will be limited parking in our event garage, under Kerry Hall, accessible on Boylston Avenue. You will need to request a parking pass, which will be free, for those days, so please contact the conference chair for details.


The area around Kerry Hall is one of the oldest and most vibrant neighborhoods in Seattle. Two favorite haunts (very close by) are: 

  • Joe Bar Coffee. This is one of the best Seattle coffee shop experiences in the city.
  • The Deluxe. Just across the street from Joe Bar, they feature a great bar and a restaurant with full service, plenty of room, and pool tables. 

Around the corner from the Deluxe is Broadway Avenue - filled with bars, restaurants, and coffee shops. We encourage you to explore Broadway and enjoy its eccentric, old-Seattle vibe.

Friday, March 27, 2020
Seattle Modern Orchestra
Seattle Town Hall

Each participant will receive a discounted ticket to a concert by the Seattle Modern Orchestra on Friday March 27, which will include the world-premiere of a new work by Huck Hodge, and works by John Cage, Kate Soper, Steve Reich, and Tom Baker. More info about this program may be found here.


Event Summary

Event Date 03-27-2020
Event End Date 03-28-2020
Registration Start Date 11-01-2019
Cut off date 03-01-2020 12:00 pm
Individual Price $130.00
Location Cornish College of the Arts