2020 CMS South Central Conference (35th)

35th South Central Conference
March 12–14, 2020
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, Arkansas

Non-member: $145
Regular member: $70
Retired member: $50
Student member: $20

Online registration deadline: February 20, 2020
On-site registration includes a $10 late fee.

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

Submission Deadline: 12 noon CST on Monday, December 2, 2019

The South Central chapter of The College Music Society will hold its 35th Conference March 12–14, 2020, at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas.

The Program Committee has re-opened the call for Lighting Talk and Poster Presentation relating to music creation, performance, scholarship, teaching, learning, career considerations, and other areas of interest to the music professional. Proposals may relate to the general interests of music in higher education, or to specific disciplines and areas of interest—administration, career issues, composition, cultural inclusion, ethnomusicology, music business/industry, music education/teacher training, music in general studies, music theory, musicology, community engagement and outreach, performance, and pedagogy.

The Program Committee particularly encourages, and will give priority to, proposals that:

  1. Relate to the Society’s 2020 Common Topic, “Fostering Equity and Opportunity in Music.”
  2. Address gender, cultural or ethnic diversity and inclusion in music making and learning, in academia (for students and faculty) and in the community.      
  3. Address the life and works of composers, performers and/or conductors for whom the year 2020 is significant.

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.


  • Posterspresent 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.
  • Lightning talks are short presentations on a single subject, not to exceed 5 minutes in length. 
  • 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. 


  • 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.



  • Each member may submit a maximum of two proposals in response to this Call.
  • Each member may be added by others as a co-presenter (e.g., panelist or accompanist) to a maximum of two proposals.
  • The maximum number of presentations in which a member may be involved on the conference program is two. 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 username and password and then (2) click the ‘Submit’ button at the bottom of this call. You will be directed to Submittableto 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. [insert advice for preparing an abstract here]
  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).

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 will be disqualified. Names and affiliations may appear in the 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.


  • Proposals must be submitted by 12 noon CST on Monday, December 2, 2019.
  • Proposers will be notified by Friday, December 20, 2019.

Questions regarding this call should be directed to:

Jeri Walker

Program Chair, 2020 CMS-South Central 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 03-12-2020
Event End Date 03-14-2020
Registration Start Date 11-01-2019
Cut off date 02-20-2020 12:00 pm
Individual Price $145.00
Location University of Central Arkansas