2023 CMS Northwest Regional Conference

2023 CMS Northwest Regional Conference
March 17-18, 2023
Boise State University
Boise, Idaho


The hours for registration will be from 9-10 am the mornings of 3/17 and 3/18.


CMS welcomes to its Regional 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 CMS membership are entitled to receive a discount on registration fees. Attendees may belong to any CMS regional chapter. Those not holding CMS membership will be charged the non-member conference rate. 



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. 

* 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.



Sunday, January 15, 2023           12 noon Mountain Time / 2 pm Eastern Time:

Registration Deadline for Conference Presenters & Composers 
* All presenters, panelists, collaborators, & composers whose works will be performed on the program must register before this deadline

Thursday, February 23, 2023       12 noon Mountain Time / 2 pm Eastern Time:

Online registration closes
   * Participants must register on site after this (a late fee will apply)

Thursday, February 23, 2023        Last day to cancel and receive a refund (less $15 processing fee)



Online Registration 
CMS Member: $ 80.00
CMS Retired Member: $ 5.00
CMS Student Member: $ 5.00
Non-Member: $ 160.00


On-Site Registration
CMS Member: $ 105.00
CMS Retired Member: $ 30.00
CMS Student Member: $ 30.00
Non-Member: $ 185.00

  • Members must log in to the CMS website prior to registering to obtain the member rate.



Click here to view the complete terms and conditions for registration, including the registration cancellation policy.


Boise, Idaho: Our City and University

Boise, Idaho is both urban and wild. It’s grit and glamor. Our lively, clean, artistic, vibrant, tree-lined city is just steps from mountains, a river and hundreds of trails. This is where you come to escape and push your limits. Boise State University is the largest university in Idaho located in a thriving metropolitan area. In addition to serving as a cultural hub for the arts, Boise offers an electrifying downtown, picturesque vistas, and great outdoor recreation. The Department of Music has about 170 undergraduate and graduate students, 21 full-time faculty and 17 adjunct faculty. It offers BM degrees in Composition, Music Education, Performance; BA degree in Music; and MM degrees in Choral Conducting, Music Education, and Performance.



Boise Airport
3201 Airport Way, Suite 1000
Boise, Idaho 83705
Phone: 208-383-3110
TTY: 800-377-3529
Email: [email protected]


Conference Location:

Boise State University Morrison Center
2201 W Cesar Chavez Lane
Boise, ID 83725



Brady Parking Garage
2204-2250 W University Drive
Boise, ID 83706
* There is an hourly charge for parking


The conference hotel is:


TownePlace Suites by Marriott
1455 S Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83706
(0.5 miles walking distance from campus)


CMS Rate:
$149 per night + taxes & fees for single or double occupancy
* Rate includes complimentary breakfast, fitness center access, and Wi-Fi


How to Reserve:
Book online via this link to receive the conference discount
* Available dates are Thursday, March 16 through Monday, March 20, 2023.


Reservations must be made by Wednesday, March 1, 2023


10 Barrel Brewing Co.
Barbacoa Grill
Bardenay Restaurant and Distillery
The Basque Market
Bittercreek Alehouse
Boise Fry Company
Cottonwood Grille
Elmer’s Restaurant
Funky Taco
Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro
The Melting Pot
Papa Joe’s Restaurant
Payette Brewing Company
Pröst! Boise
The Ram
Red Feather Lounge
Solid Grill & Bar


Coffee Shops:
Dawson Taylor Roasters
Dutch Bros
Form & Function
Flying M Coffee House
Java Downtown
Starbucks on Campus
Slow by Slow


brown marcellusMarcellus Brown is the Director of Bands at Boise State University. Professor Brown is the Director of the University Symphonic Winds and the Treasure Valley Concert Band. He teaches undergraduate and graduate level instrumental conducting and serves as the Director of the Boise State University Summer Chamber Music Camp.
Under his direction the University Symphonic Winds has been recognized as one of the outstanding large wind ensembles in the Northwest. They have presented concerts at numerous Idaho State Music Educators Conferences, the Western/Northwestern College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Regional Conference and the CBDNA National Conference held in Seattle, Washington. The Treasure Valley Concert Band has performed at the Western International Band Clinic and the All-Northwest Music Educators Conference. In March of 2015 the University Symphonic Winds was invited to perform at the 81 st Annual American Bandmasters Association National Convention. During the past five years this the University Symphonic Winds has commissioned and premiered four new works for wind band.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Brown holds a Masters of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance and Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Michigan where he took conducting classes with Elizabeth Green. He has done doctorial work at the University of Illinois where he studied conducting with Dr. Harry Begian, Professor Emeritus of Bands.
Mr. Brown has done extensive work as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States and has been a guest conductor and presenter at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Recently Mr. Brown served as the conductor of the Wyoming All-State Band, the conductor of the Nebraska Band Association’s Intercollegiate Band, the Oregon All-State Symphonic Band and the California All-State Symphonic Band.
He has also served as a clinician at the Whistler Music Festival in British Columbia. He has been recognized for his work and dedication as an educator at Boise State University as the recipient of the Excellence In Teaching Award presented by the LDS Student Association, the Faculty/Staff Larry G. Selland Humanitarian Award presented by the University Women’s Center and one of ten honored faculty to twice receive the “Top Ten Student Scholar Award”.
In 2006 Mr. Brown was elected into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. He has served as President of the College Band Directors National Association Northwestern Division (2007-2009) and served on the board of the National Band Association (NBA). Currently, he is serving on the NBA selection panel for the annually awarded William D. Revelli Composition Contest. Most recently Professor Brown was the recipient of the National Band Association’s 2022 Al & Gladys Distinguished Legacy Award.

Event Summary

Event Date 03-17-2023
Event End Date 03-18-2023
Cut off date 02-23-2023 12:00 pm
Individual Price $160.00
Location Boise State University

Registration is closed.