2019 CMSA Convention
The Classical Mandolin Society of America and your host, the Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra, invite you to attend the 33rd Annual CMSA Convention, in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, Tuesday afternoon, October 8 through Sunday noon on October 13, 2019 at the Marriott Bloomington-Normal Hotel & Conference Center.
Following the option of one of three pre-convention workshops, the convention kicks off on Wednesday afternoon with a set of workshops and the first En Masse Orchestra rehearsal with returning conductor Dr. Jim Bates, followed by the Welcome Party in the evening. Evening concerts featuring our guest performers and our host orchestra will take place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. You can also look forward to open mic concerts, daily workshops on classical and non-classical topics, and late night sight reading and other ‘jams’. Friday includes our Gala banquet and raffle. The general CMSA membership meeting is Sunday morning, a last chance to spend time with bleary-eyed sore fingered friends.
The 2019 CMSA Convention will be at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Normal, Illinois.
Reserve your room at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
The Marriot Hotel is offering a special CMSA group rate of $129 per night for convention attendees arriving 10/7/2019 and departing 10/13/2019. Onsite parking (normally $10 per day) is complementary for those booking online through our website link. Book online before 9/15/2019 to receive the discounted rate.
If you want to take a few days to vacation in the Land of Lincoln before or after the convention, our negotiated hotel rate is valid three days prior and three days post-convention dates. IMPORTANT: If you plan to take advantage of this and are unable to get the preferred rate online, please reserve your room by phone at 1-888-236-2427. Identify yourself as belonging to the “CMSA Group Block”.
By air to Bloomington-Normal
Central Illinois Regional Airport (BMI) is served by American, Delta, Allegiant, and Frontier airlines. The hotel offers complimentary airport shuttle service, on request.
By air to Chicago
You can fly into Chicago Midway (MDW) or Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and catch a shuttle or rent a car.
A note to O’Hare flyers: Peoria Charter Coach offers four daily shuttles from Chicago O’Hare to Uptown Normal. The October schedule will open for purchase about 6 weeks in advance. https://peoriacharter.com.
A note to Midway flyers: If you fly into Chicago Midway (MDW), there are four daily Lincoln Service trains that go from Chicago to Bloomington-Normal. Three of the four (303, 305, and 307) make a scheduled stop near Midway in Summit, IL. You can buy your Amtrak ticket from Summit to Bloomington-Normal and completely avoid the trip downtown to Union Station. An Uber ride from Midway to Summit Amtrak station is less than 20 minutes and is not on freeways which may be congested. Plus it’s a cheaper option both for Amtrak and Uber. Thank you to Matthew Lewis of Dallas for the tip!
The Amtrak station is one block from the Marriott. There are ten daily trains at this stop along the Chicago to Saint Louis corridor. From other locations, you can connect through Chicago or Saint Louis.
We are located in central Illinois at the junction of I-55, I-74, and I-39. Historic Route 66 runs through Bloomington-Normal.
More questions about transportation? Email [email protected].