2018 CMSA Convention

November 14 – 18, 2018 in Santa Rosa, CA

Held at the beautiful Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa, the 2018 convention is hosted by the Aurora Mandolin Orchestra, the Gravenstein Mandolin Ensemble and the San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra. “Come play with us!”

About CMSA 2018

Following a pre-convention workshop, the convention will include a kick-off banquet and raffle Wednesday evening, En Masse Orchestra and sectional rehearsals with returning conductor Dr. Jim Bates, and evening concerts featuring our guest performers on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  You can also look forward to open mic concerts, workshops on classical and non-classical topics, and late night sight reading and other ‘jams’.  The general CMSA membership meeting is Sunday morning, a last chance to spend time with bleary-eyed, sore fingered friends.


The 2018 CMSA Convention will be at the Flamingo Resort in Santa Rosa, the heart of Sonoma County. Sonoma County is north of San Francisco, about an hour’s drive from the Golden Gate Bridge. Though Santa Rosa had terrible fires in October 2017, the hotel area was not damaged, and indeed, most of the county did not burn and is still beautiful.

Reserve your room at the Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa:

Online booking works for guests arriving 11/13/2018 and departing 11/18/2018. Note that when booking online, the default reservation is for the first night of stay for “1“ adult. If needed, change the departure date and number of guests, then press “update”. CMSA has also negotiated the ability for our members to book rooms three (3) days prior or three (3) days post convention, at convention rates. However, if your booking includes dates outside the actual convention dates, you must call the hotel directly at 707-545-8530 to make your reservation. Similarly, if you have special requests, you must call the hotel directly. When you call, please reference the group: Classical Mandolin Society of America (CMSA) Annual Convention.

Online reservations close 10/23/2018.


Getting to Santa Rosa will be easy for those on the west coast, in Phoenix, and starting recently, Minneapolis, with direct flights to Santa Rosa. Alaska and United also have connecting flights to Santa Rosa. For some, flying to San Francisco or Oakland then renting a car or taking the Airport Express bus to Santa Rosa may be most economical. The closest Amtrak station is in Emeryville, north of Oakland.

Guest Performers

Dorina Frati

Dorina Frati, along with her accompanist Daniele Roi, will join us from Brescia, Italy. Dorina started mandolin at age 6, later studying under maestro Giuseppe Anedda.  She became the first in Italy to graduate in classical mandolin studies. In addition to performing at concerts and festivals around the world, she has also played first mandolin for the Teatro alla Scala in Milan for years. In 1981 she founded the Plectrum Orchestra of the Mauro and Claudio Terroni Music Association of Brescia, which she continues to coordinate and conduct. She has many recordings, including the 2017 release “Bach and Vivaldi for Mandolin” with the Mandolin Orchestra Mauro and Claudio Terroni. Additionally, this busy mandolinist currently holds the chair of mandolin instruction at the Luca Marenzio Conservatory of Music.

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