2022 CMSA Convention

September 21-25, 2022 in Kalamazoo Michigan

Held at the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites

Registration will open mid-June.

Kalamazoo 2022

COVID Protocols

The priority of CMSA and the host committee is to keep us all safe and healthy to enjoy the 2022 convention, which includes participants, artists, volunteers, and our audiences. We support that each person’s personal situation is different. We have designed these protocols to maximize our community’s safety, while preserving the most precious elements of an on-site convention.

We will comply with or exceed the city, county, and state protocols in place at the time of the convention. CMSA will require proof of vaccination and boosting as defined by the CDC. Based on local public health conditions at the time, CMSA reserves the right to implement additional protocols such as masking, social distancing, COVID testing, and Daily Health Check. 

Please check back for specific requirements that will be finalized prior to registration. If you have concerns about these requirements, please contact us.

About

2022 CMSA Convention

The Classical Mandolin Society of America and your host, the Kalamazoo Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra, invite you to attend the 36th Annual CMSA Convention, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Wednesday, September 21st through Sunday noon on September 25th at the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites, with preconvention workshops beginning Tuesday, September 20th.

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. 

Schedule:

  • Pre-convention Workshops: Tuesday evening, September 20, and Wednesday morning, September 21
  • Convention Starts: Wednesday afternoon, September 21
  • Convention Ends: Sunday at noon, September 25

Cost: $325 for playing; $285 for non-playing, with $50 discount prior to August 19

Accommodations

The 2022 CMSA Convention will be at the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites
100 West Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Radisson Kalamazoo

Our convention host hotel, the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites, is two blocks from the City’s 1887 Romanesque style train depot which is now part of the Kalamazoo Transportation Center with Amtrak and Greyhound connections across America.

Hotel Reservations

For the nights of September 20th-24th, CMSA has negotiated a discounted Queen/King Standard sleeping room rate of $146.00 USD (before taxes) for Single or Double occupancy (Triple rate is $156 and Quad rate is $166). To receive this discounted rate when making online reservations, be sure to quote Promo Code “CMSA”. If making reservations by phone, call the hotel directly at 1-269-343-3333 and be sure to tell them you are attending the Classical Mandolin Society of America Convention. This discounted rate is also valid 3 days before and 3 days after the convention.

Travel & Transportation

Kalamazoo is centrally located in Southwest Michigan, between Chicago and Detroit. If you travel by air there are several options. The Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (AZO)  is served by Delta and American Airlines with multiple flights to and from both Chicago and Detroit. The Radisson Hotel, our host venue, is 5.5 miles from the AZO and offers a complimentary shuttle service by appointment (269-343-3333). Grand Rapids Gerald Ford International Airport (GRR) is less than an hour’s drive from downtown Kalamazoo and hosts airlines with non-stop flights to over 30 U.S. cities. We are also 122 miles from Detroit Metro Airport and 146 miles from Chicago O’Hare.

About Kalamazoo

The convention hotel, the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites, is adjacent to the historic Kalamazoo Mall, the first pedestrian mall in the United States. The locally owned and operated hotel is within walking distance of a variety of shops, restaurants, and more importantly, craft brew pubs. In February, 2021 Kalamazoo was ranked as the “coolest city” with the lowest cost of living by the fashion website PureWow (https://www.purewow.com/travel/coolest-most-affordable-cities-us).

This medium sized city punches above its weight class in the arts, especially in music.  The Irving S. Gilmore Piano Festival, founded in 1989, is a unique and well known music festival which gives significant awards to up and coming pianists from around the world.  The Stulberg International String Competition promotes excellence in string instrument performances by gifted young artists. The greater Kalamazoo area boasts of several museums including: the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, the Kalamazoo Valley Museum (local history and hands-on science), the Air Zoo (aerospace and science), and The Gilmore Car Museum.

As an educational center, Kalamazoo is home to Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College.  The Kalamazoo Promise, which provides in-state college tuition for graduates of Kalamazoo public schools, is the first of its kind.

Kalamazoo was home to the UpJohn Co., once a leader in the pharmaceutical industry.  It was acquired in more recent years by Pfizer.  Portage, MI, a neighboring city to the south has been in the news of late as the manufacturing site of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine. Another giant in the medical field, the Stryker Co., is a medical equipment designer and manufacturer that was founded in 1941 by a Kalamazoo surgeon, Dr. Homer Stryker.

Of course, of much interest to the mandolin community, the Gibson Mandolin – Guitar Manufacturing Company, was founded in Kalamazoo in 1902.  Gibson operated in Kalamazoo until 1984.  The Gibson Guitar factory, built in 1917, still stands at 225 Parsons Street and is currently undergoing renovation. The Heritage Guitar Co. was founded by a group of former Gibson employees in 1985 and still builds guitars at the former Gibson location.

Guest Artists

Ricardo Sandoval

Guest Performer

Ricardo Sandoval, one of the world’s leading classical mandolinists, was born in Chile. He received his musical training in Venezuela (IUDEM, the University of Music in Caracas), subsequently moving to Europe to continue his studies at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. He currently is based in Metz, France.

Sandoval has had enormous success worldwide with his many compositions, which incorporate Latin American rhythms, harmonies, and melodies seamlessly and deftly, appealing to the audience and player alike. He is also a spectacular performer of iconic Latin American works, such as Radames Gnattali’s “Suite Retratos” for solo mandolin and orchestra (originally written for Jabob de Bandolim) while excelling at traditional mandolin repertoire such as Calace or Vivaldi. He has played in many different ensembles, such as the Ricardo Sandoval Trio and 4tet, the 2+2 Quartet, and the French mandolin orchestra, AICOPI, which he directs. He is a passionate advocate of Venezuelan music, and frequently performs on traditional Venezuelan plucked instruments. His compositions are published by AICOPI, Les Productions d’Oz, and Trekel.

Visit Ricardo Sandoval’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bandolasworld/

Ricardo Sandoval

In 2021, Ricardo was inducted as a member of the CMSA Honorary Board of Directors. At the 2022 convention, Ricardo will lead the Mandolin 1 sectional, perform at concerts, and present workshops, including a pre-convention workshop.

Katherine Lasso

At the 2022 convention, Katherine will lead the Octave Mandolin sectional, perform at concerts, and present workshops.

Katherine Lasso

Guest Performer

Since childhood, Katherine Lasso has been nurtured by the Colombian musical tradition. She studied Colombian Andean bandola at the Luis A. Calvo Academy, an extension of the Francisco José de Caldas District University, with teacher Paulo Triviño. In Bogotá. In 2013, she won the “young performers of the Banco de la República de Colombia” contest, being selected “young performer” of bandola soloist and “young talent” of the French Alliance. The same year she was the winner of the ICETEX “Carolina Oramas” scholarship for young talented artists to study abroad. In 2014 she began mandolin studies with maestro Juan Carlos Muñoz at the Esch-Sur-Alzette Conservatory in Luxembourg, where she obtained the first prize diploma of mandolin in July 2020. In September of the same year she began to study a Master in Music: Mandoline, à finalité didactic with Vincent Beer-Demander at the Royal Conservatory of Liège, Belgium.

As bandolist and mandolinist, she has had the opportunity to make music on important stages in Colombia, Argentina, France, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Corsica, Belarus and Japan. During her career as a mandolin player, she has participated in the most important plectrum festivals in Europe with the projects: Arekipe (Duo Sandoval-Lasso), Mandolin 2+2 Quartet, Fado- Mirian Rugeri, Ensemble à plectre d’Esch/Alzette , Ensemble of plucked strings of the Royal Conservatory of Liège and is the concertmaster of the French Orchestra of mandolins and guitars “Aicopi”.

Katherine is currently a teacher of mandolin at the EMARI music school “Ecole de musique agréée et conservatoire de musique” in Metz, France, she is also a teacher at the mandolin nursery of the mandolinist circle of Tétange, Luxembourg and the Aicopi association, Moselle region, France.

Florian Klaus Rumpf

Guest Performer

One of Europe’s rising stars on plucked strings, Florian Klaus Rumpf began studying mandolin at age 7. A graduate of the Wuppertal campus of Cologne University of Music and Dance, Florian’s teachers include Valerij Kisseljow, Caterina Lichtenberg, and Silke Lisko. In 2011 Florian collaborated with Avi Avital, Mike Marshall and others in performances by the Ger Mandolin Orchestra in Warsaw, Poland. He performs frequently in Germany on baroque mandolin, modern mandolin, mandola (octave) and liuto cantabile, and is also sought after as a workshop presenter and teacher. He has recorded 4 CDs, including a first volume of two devoted to arrangements for mandolin of Bach’s sonatas and partitas for solo violin. His latest CD “A Mandolin’s Guide to Hamburg”, released in May 2022, features  compositions for mandolin, baroque mandolin, octave mandolin and liuto cantabile by Masataka Hori, Victor Kioulaphides, Chris Acquavella and others. Florian gave an engaging and very well-received online workshop at CMSA’s recent “Convention in the Clouds, v. 2.0”. 

Florian Klaus Rumpf

At the 2022 convention, Florian will lead the Mandocello sectional, perform at concerts, and present workshops.

Discover more about Florian on his website at https://www.fkrumpf.com/

Matt Cosgrove

 

At the 2022 convention, Matt will lead the Guitar sectional, perform at concerts, and present workshops, including a pre-convention workshop.

Matt Cosgrove

Guest Performer

Matt Cosgrove has been playing the guitar since the summer of 1990. Matt’s guitar playing has been nationally televised on the Rejoice Broadcast Network serving in both solo and accompaniment roles. Matt placed first in the annual commencement contest at Pensacola Christian College (PCC) and performed for nearly 5,000 people watching live and by close circuit television in adjacent auditoriums. Recently, Matt has performed Twilight composed by Toru Takemitsu with the Kalamazoo Symphony in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Matt received a Bachelor of Arts in guitar performance from PCC. He also received a Master of Music in Guitar performance from the Florida State University. Matt’s major teachers have included Bruce Holzman, Joe Stallings, Steven Walter, and George Yeatman. While at PCC, he studied chamber music with Daisy and Alberto Jaffe. He has also performed in the Master Classes of Juan Mercadel, Ricardo Cobo, David Tanenbaum, Stephen Robinson, Jorge Caballero, Douglas James, Lorenzo Micheli, Adam Holzman, Oscar Ghiglia, and Jeremy Jouve. Matt has taught at the college level since January 2000. He taught guitar, bowed string instruments, music theory, and advanced cello full-time at Pensacola Christian College until 2006. He has also taught at Pensacola Junior College, Grand Rapids Community College, and Cornerstone University. Matt moved to the Kalamazoo area in July of 2011 and is teaching at Kalamazoo College.

Christi-Anne Castro

Composer in Residence

Christi-Anne Castro has been involved with Filipino rondalla for over 35 years as a performer, teacher, arranger, composer, music director, and consultant. She received her PhD in Ethnomusicology from UCLA, and her award-winning book on Filipino music, Musical Renderings of the Philippine Nation (Oxford University Press), was published in 2011. Currently, she is Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Global Engagement at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan as well as an associate professor in the Musicology Department.

Christi-Anne Castro

Christi-Ann will be the Composer in Residence at the 2022 Convention in Kalamazoo and will present a workshop.

Jim Bates

At the 2022 convention, Jim will conduct the En Masse Orchestra, and present workshops, and conduct a New Music Sight-Reading Session.

Jim Bates

En Masse Orchestra Conductor

Dr. Jim Bates is Director of Orchestral Activities at Otterbein University and Director of the Capital University Symphony Orchestra. Since 2006 he has served as an assistant conductor for the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras and the Westerville Symphony. As a conductor and teacher, Dr. Bates is able to draw on considerable experience as an educator, performer and historian.

For eighteen years he was a conductor for the Louisville (KY) Youth Orchestras and was music director of that organization from 1996 – 2001. From 1988-2001 he was music director of the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra. In 1999 he joined the conducting staff of Interlochen Center for the Arts and continues to direct the Junior Orchestra program and Junior String Institute there during the summer. He has served as a clinician or guest conductor in Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, California, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Washington, Texas and Colorado. He has served as president of Kentucky ASTA and as string coordinator for the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts.

In addition to string education he is very involved with the Classical Mandolin Society of America (CMSA) and period instrument performance. He serves on the National Board of Directors of CMSA and is actively involved with the Education Committee. He is the immediate past president of the Ohio String Teachers Association, and is on the board of the Friends of Early Music in Columbus.  Currently, Dr. Bates is assistant conductor and principal bassist of the Westerville Symphony (OH), and is the Creative Director of The Early Interval, Columbus’ professional early music performance ensemble. 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. 

Mark Davis

Section Leader

Mark Davis has been a central figure in the international revival of classical mandolin since the 1970s. Originally a folk guitarist, Mark began studying classical guitar and mandolin in Providence, RI with Hibbard Perry in the early 1970s. In the late 1970s Davis and Marilynn Mair, another Perry student, formed the Mair-Davis Duo which toured world-wide for the next two decades to great acclaim and made several landmark recordings.

Mark’s performing career also includes numerous concert appearances and recordings as a solo artist and ensemble musician, including in duo with Beverly Davis. Mark has made significant and extensive contributions as a music director and conductor, especially his stewardship of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra which he has directed since the mid-1980s. He is also the founder and music director of the New American Mandolin Ensemble and The Hampton Trio. He has been a steadfast advocate of new music for plucked strings, including seminal modern works written for the Mair-Davis Duo, and for the Providence Mandolin Orchestra and other ensembles. Mark has had a life-long commitment to education. This includes the American Mandolin and Guitar Summer School (AMGuSS), which he co-founded and co-directed with Marilynn Mair from the 1980s until the early 2000s; training of individual students; and appearances at CMSA’s conventions as a workshop presenter, section leader and En Masse conductor. In 2020 CMSA honored Mark by appointing him to a five-year term as a CMSA non-Presidential Fellow.

Mark Davis

At the 2022 convention, Mark will lead the Mandolin 2 sectional and present workshops.

Workshops

Pre-Convention Workshops

Tuesday, September 20th and Wednesday, September 21st

This year’s convention will offer a choice of two pre-convention activities on Tuesday, September 20, starting at 6 pm and continuing on Wednesday, September 22, at 8:30 am. Each 6-hour seminar is separate from the convention and requires a registration fee of $75. Register early as spaces are limited!

Ricardo Sandoval

Ricardo Sandoval

Pre-Convention Workshop

Mandolin

Matt Cosgrove

Matt Cosgrove

Pre-Convention Workshop

Guitar

Participate

There are many ways to take part in the convention, from Open Mic performance, to Volunteering, to Sponsorship.

Scholarships

Every year CMSA awards a variety of scholarships to mandolinists looking for extra assistance to come to the annual convention. We currently have scholarships for students, and one specifically for second mandolinists. Learn more and apply below.

Vendor Area

Anyone selling instruments, sheet music, music equipment or supplies, clothing or other goods is asked to rent a table in our Vendor area. We try to situate our Vendor areas so that they receive a high volume of traffic as our members move from activity to activity. Please ensure table is manned during convention hours.  Vendor tables can be rented on the event registration form.

Ad Space

The official Program of the Annual Convention reaches hundreds of musicians every year. To place an advertisement in our official Program, please indicate this when completing the online registration form (prices and sizing will be indicated). Note that you do not have to attend the convention to place an ad in the Program.

2015 Convention

Open Mic

Look forward to lunch-time open mic sessions where single or groups of performers can show off the latest pieces they have been learning. We will have an Open Mic session on Thursday and on Saturday from 11:30 am to 1 pm. This is a very popular event!

Keep in mind that the Thursday Open Mic will have much more room for performances than the Saturday Open Mic. The organizers will do their best to slot you into your preferred day and time, however adjustments may have to be made in order to balance the sessions.

Sponsorship

We invite you to help sponsor our annual convention and to reach out to our members.  Benefits such as ads in the Mandolin Journal and vendor tables allow you to connect with members. Learn more about bronze, silver, and gold levels of sponsorship below.

Donations

Help us support our programs and scholarships.

Your dollars will allow us to support the creation of new music for mandolin family instruments and orchestras, build an online library of historic and new mandolin music, support luthiers, and continue our educational goals to provide stimulating and innovative workshops, and support artists from around the world. Your generosity also supports our scholarship and Mando-for-Kids programs, supporting mandolin students.

En Masse Orchestra

This year’s convention will be crowned with our famous En Masse Orchestra performance, conducted by Dr. Jim Bates. Any mandolin players who double on mandola, guitar, or mandocello are encouraged to play lower voiced instruments to help balance the orchestra.

The dress code for the En Masse Concert is black slacks or skirt and black shirt or blouse.

En Masse Pieces

  • Composer In Residence Premiere by  Dr. Christi-Anne Castro
  • Capriccio by Hans Gál
  • Kalamazoo Suite by James Kellaris
  • Spagna by Salvatore Falbo
  • Urban Sketches by Owen Hartford
  • A work by the American composer Harry Thacker Burleigh, arranged by Jim Bates

Watch this space for the final list of pieces.

To access the EnMasse music, sign in to your CMSA account. Select the Convention tab. If you do not see your account information, click the Sign-In option on the top menu bar of the website.

Note that the sheet music provided here is under copyright. By accessing the music, you agree not to redistribute the music in any form or file format for commercial or any other purposes.

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Pricing & Registration

Registration fee includes all materials and activities of the convention, including the Welcome Party, convention workshops, Gala Banquet, open mic sessions, concerts, late night jam sessions, and En Masse music for those playing in the orchestra.  Pre-convention workshops, tote bags, t-shirts, and membership renewal are additional.

You must be a member of CMSA to register for the convention.