2018 CMTMA National Conference



We welcome you to CMTMA 2018 in St. Paul, Minn. and hosted by Bethel University

SEPT 9-11, 2018

Make plans to  attend the 2018 CMTMA Conference. Each year, colleagues from across the country gather to learn from each other about new trends, policies, challenges, and successes that impact our tours. Contact Kevin Shull today !!!

Last year's sampling of topics

  • Getting Administrators to Get It, the Benefits of Touring; Gordon Moe, Manager of Choral Ensembles, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota
  • Daring to Innovate and Develop New Ideas; Jeff Hazewinkel, Director, Valparaiso University Center for the Arts
  • Current trends in Arts Administration; Kari Anne Innes, Valparaiso Graduate School Administrator for the Arts and Entertainment Masters program
  • Communication skills and techniques for 2016-2017
  • International Travel Safety and Recruitment; Erin Kunert, Valparaiso Study Abroad Program

View a previous year's Conference Schedule sample

Sunday, September
Afternoon Check-In | Prince Conference Center Hotel
03:00 pm Executive Committee Meeting | Prince Conference Center Library | PC195
04:00 pm Registration | Prince Conference Center Lobby
05:00 pm Meet in hotel lobby for carpool travel to dinner location
05:15 pm Dinner | Derby Station | 2237 Wealthy St SE, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506 ** Welcome, introductions + dinner
07:30 pm Carpool travel from dinner location to hotel
Monday, September
Morning Breakfast | Prince Conference Center Hotel
09:00 am Session 1: Travel Accessories Willow Room West ** Presenter: Cathy Knutson
10:00 am Break + Refreshments
10:15 am Session 2: Optimizing Host Relationships | Willow Room West ** Presenter: Sam Schlouch
11:45 am Lunch with Calvin Music Department Faculty | Willow Room East
12:50 pm Walk from to Prince Conference Center to Spoelhof College Center
01:00 pm Campus Tour
02:00 pm Group Photo
02:30 pm Session 3: Rethinking Free-Will Offering, Tickets and More| Willow Room West ** Presenter: Eric Ellingsen
03:30 pm Break + Refreshments
03:45 pm Session 4: College Students & Mental Health | Willow Room West ** Presenter: Cindy Kok
04:45 pm Break
05:45 pm Meet in hotel lobby for carpool travel to dinner location
06:00 pm Dinner | Terra | 1429 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
08:00 pm Carpool travel from dinner location to hotel
Tuesday, September
Morning Breakfast | Prince Conference Center Hotel
09:15 am Session 5: Creative Writing Workshop | Willow Room West ** Presenter: Lynn Rosendale
10:00 am Break + Refreshments
10:15 am Session 6: Internal & External Promotion | Willow Room West ** Presenter: Terra Widdifield
11:45 am Lunch | Willow Room East
01:00 pm Session 7: Social Media | Willow Room West ** Presenter: Gordon Moe
02:00 pm Annual Business Meeting | Willow Room West
02:30 pm Conclusion of Conference

List of Topics and Sessions from previous conventions

Social Media Lab
Guided by experts, practice posting engaging content on Facebook and on a blog.  Learn how to increase followers and expand the scope and impact of your posts.
Required Equipment: personal laptop or tablet computer
Facilitator: Kevin Stocks
Presenter: David Gonnerman, Associate Director for Digital Media, St. Olaf
Touring Basics: A Day in the Life of a Domestic Tour
Sometimes it’s the small things...finding a lunch stop with more than one McDonalds, efficiently directing students upon arrival at a venue, matching host families with students after the concert.  We’ll share tricks of the trade that make everyday tour processes easy and smooth.
Presenter:  Eric Ellingsen
Basic First Aid on Tour
Learn emergency first aid practices for emergencies including CPR, epi pens, heat exhaustion, seizures, diabetic attacks, defibrillators and more
Presenter: Kathy Miller
Audience Development
We all want our ensembles to perform for the largest audience possible. Learn the innovative techniques that work for the Copper Street Brass Quintet. 
Presenters: Tim Bradley and Allison Hall, Copper Street Brass Quintet
Q & A Speed Round
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Facilitator: Gordon Moe
Please Promote this Concert! 
A round table discussion about customizing promotion materials and communication with media outlets, schools, churches, retirement centers and community organizations
Facilitator: Sam Schlouch
Improving what you Shoot and Share 
Learn how to generate buzz about your ensemble and tours with attention-grabbing photos and videos.
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