2021 Convention

November 2021
San Diego, California

The 2021 Convention will be held at the Crowne Plaza San Diego in San Diego, California. Stay tuned for final dates and more information.


2021 CMSA Convention

The Classical Mandolin Society of America and your host, the San Diego Mandolin Orchestra, invite you to attend the 35th Annual CMSA Convention, in San Diego, California Wednesday afternoon through Sunday noon (with pre-convention workshops beginning Tuesday evening) at the Crowne Plaza San Diego.

Following the option of pre-convention workshops beginning Tuesday evening, 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.

Prices are $300 for those playing in the EnMasse Orchestra or $260 for non-playing members. Discounts of $50 are offered prior to the early-bird deadline.

Guest Artists

Jacob Reuven
Guest Performer

Renowned worldwide for his musical integrity and brilliance, Israeli Mandolin player Jacob Reuven has a broad musical horizon from baroque to contemporary music. He is well known for his mastery of violin repertoire on mandolin and has performed as a soloist at various prestigious international festivals. He is a professor at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and performs on a custom-made mandolin by Israeli luthier Arik Kerman. He is the founder of the award-winning Kerman Mandolin Quartet, and will be performing at the convention with 16 Strings Duo with mandolinist Mari Carmen Simon, and with Duo Mantar with guitarist Adam Levin. Discover more about Jacob.

Mari Carmen Simon
Guest Performer

Mari Carmen Simon studied with Pedro Chamorro and Luis Gimenez at Superior Murcia Conservatory in Spain, where she got her degree in plectro instruments. She also studied with Juan Carlos Munoz and studied Baroque music with Agostino Cirillo. She performs with a Kerman Mandolin and is a member of the Kerman Mandolin Quartet. She teaches at the Superior Music Conservatory of Murcia, and has performed in Spain, France, Germany, Greece, Estonia and Israel. She will be performing with Jacob Reuven in the 16 Strings Duo at the Convention. Discover more about Mari (Facebook link).

Adam Levin
Guest Performer

Adam Levin is a prize -winning classical guitarist, who has performed on four continents across the globe. He has been honored as a Fulbright Scholarship. He is an avid chamber musician and has performed with orchestras, string quartets, and various instrumental and vocal duo combos. He is a native of Chicago, Illinois and holds degrees from Northwestern University, New England Conservatory of Music and is the director of the annual Boston Young Guitarists’ Workshop. He is a professor of guitar at the University of Rhode Island and also teaches at the University of Massachusetts, in Boston. He will be performing in the Duo Mantar with Jacob Reuven at the convention. Discover more about Adam.

Jim Bates
En Masse Orchestra Conductor

Returning as conductor of the EnMasse Orchestra is our own Jim Bates—AND he will offer a pre-convention workshop in conducting! He is Director of Orchestral Activities at Otterbein University in Columbus, OH and serves as an assistant conductor for the Westerville Symphony (OH) and Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras. Conducting duties in the department include leading the string orchestra and directing the early music ensemble. As a conductor and teacher, Dr. Bates is able to draw on considerable experience as an educator, performer and historian. He has served as president of Kentucky ASTA and as string coordinator for the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts. From 2010-2012 Dr. Bates chaired the Coda Bows for America Community Outreach Program for ASTA, and currently serves on the state board of the Ohio String Teacher’s Association. In addition to string education he is very involved with the Classical Mandolin Society of America and period instrument performance. He is on the National Board of Directors of CMSA and chairs their educational initiatives. Dr. Bates is music director of The Early Interval, Columbus’ professional early music performance ensemble and serves on the board of directors for Early Music Columbus. He has degrees from the University of Louisville (B.M.E.), a Masters in double bass performance from Indiana University, where he studied bass with Lawrence Hurst and baroque performance with Stanley Ritchie, and a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Kentucky. He has two sons, Ethan and Gideon.

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