CMS Forums: Opinions, Editorials, Commentary, and Essays

Purpose and Content – CMS Forums fulfills several important roles, especially the presentation and discussion of issues of current interest and importance to the music profession. CMS Forums serves as a vehicle by which users of College Music Symposium can exchange ideas and stimulate dialogue through relatively brief and informal essays.

The Editor – After consultation with members of the Board of Editors, the Board of Directors, and other members of The College Music Society, the General Editor of College Music Symposium will make a recommendation or recommendations to the Board of Directors for the position of Editor of the CMS Forums component. The Editor is usually appointed for a three-year term.

Responsibility of the Editor – It shall be the responsibility of the Editor to (1) solicit materials for publication, (2) receive materials and make a final decision on acceptance, (3) distribute accepted materials to a member of the Editorial Board for editing; (4) forward completed materials to the Executive Office for inclusion in College Music Symposium.

Editorial Board – An Editorial Board will consist of members appointed by the General Editor in consultation with the Editor of CMS Forums.  The disciplines of music will be represented on the Editorial Board, as will three major areas of The College Music Society’s work: professional activities, engagement and outreach, and career development; a balance of representation of these areas will be maintained on the Editorial Board. At the discretion of the Editor, a member of the Editorial Board may be assigned to a specific forum or to specific forums. Members shall (1) receive, review, and edit materials for publication, and (2) forward materials to the Editor of CMS Forums for final approval.

Editorial Procedures – The Editor will solicit actively contributions from the CMS Board Members and Committee Chairs, the CMS membership, and the music profession, and will encourage officers and members of the Society to do the same. The Editor will normally transmit the completed text file for each issue to the Executive Office one month prior to release (e.g., by August 1 for release in September).