CMSA News + Blog

Editor’s Note: Over the years CMSA’s webmaster has received numerous questions about mandolins and mandolin-family instruments. Occasionally we post those here, along with his answers.  If you have a question related to mandolin-family instruments, playing in a mandolin orchestra, or playing techniques, contact us!

Victor Kioulaphides, CMSA 2017 Composer-in-Residence

The Classical Mandolin Society of America is pleased to host Victor Kioulaphides as the composer-in-residence for the 2017 convention October 25-29 in Milwaukee. At the Saturday evening concert, the convention’s 150+ member En Masse Orchestra will perform music...

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Announcing the 2017 Convention Guest Artists

Mark your calendars—October 25-29—for the 2017 CMSA convention, hosted by the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra. CMSA is excited to present guest artists Julien Martineau and Alon Sariel, with composer-in-residence Victor Kioulaphides and conductor Jim Bates. The Wednesday...

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Dhango Rinehart’s Nuages for Mando Orchestra?

I was recently appointed the chair of the music committee of the New York Mandolin Orchestra. One of our members expressed an interest in Dhango Rinehart's Nuages. It could actually be an interesting  selection for the orchestra especially since we have a few...

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Sad News for CMSA

Dear CMSA Members, We are very sad to announce the recent passing of Antonina Nigrelli.  Toni was one of the founding members of CMSA, and took on the role of President in 1990, when Norman Levine stepped down. With the exception of this most recent gathering in...

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Audio for Convention Performances

The CMSA is happy to announce the return of audio content from past CMSA conventions.  Starting with recordings of past En Masse performances, we will gradually be adding all performance audio that was available on the old version of our website.  Click below to take...

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