Events & Programs

Conferences & Symposia

Upcoming Conferences, Symposia, and Workshops Are Listed Below

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Cancelled: 2020 CBDNA Athletic Band Symposium

Unfortunately we have had to cancel the 2020 ABS. It will return to the University of Cincinnati in 2021.

2020 ABS Site

CANCELLED: 2020 Western/Northwestern Division Conference

The 2020 CBDNA Western/Northwestern Division Conference was scheduled to be held March 18-21, 2020 on the beautiful campus of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, with Dr. Gerard Morris serving as our host.
As of Saturday, March 7, the university leadership has cancelled all on campus events out of concern for the coronavirus

Conference Information

2021 National Conference

Our next national conference will take place in Athens, GA, hosted by Cynthia Johnston Turner and her staff at the University of Georgia Hodgson School of Music February 17-20, 2021.

2020 Southwestern Division Conference

The 2020 CBDNA Southwestern Division conference will be held February 19-22, 2020 at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. Norman is a central locale in our division and the OU campus area offers a variety of performance and meeting venues, hotels, and dining options. In addition, Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City has direct flights from most metro areas throughout our division.

Our conference will again include an Intercollegiate Band, open to all students at any institution in the Southwestern Division of CBDNA. Gary Hill, Director of Bands Emeritus at Arizona State University, has agreed to serve as guest conductor and will also share a one-hour conducting symposium as one of our research sessions. The Intercollegiate Band will be rehearsing directly across the street from most of the conference sessions and there will be opportunities to observe rehearsals.

Southwest Division Conference Web Site

2020 Eastern Division Conference

February 21-22 2020; Philadelphia PA. Temple University; Dr. Patricia Cornett, host.  Two days with an overall focus on small programs, but something for everyone:  performances by Division groups (see below), Beth Peterson from U of Illinois leads the Intercollegiate Band, a session on the BeethovenOctet with Philadelphia Orchestra wind players and presentations covering many topics.  Most importantly – there are sessions which need your input.  Our goal of addressing small program challenges demands all our voices respond to those challenges.

Complete conference information:

Hotel Roommate Resource:

Looking to save some money on housing for the CBDNA Eastern Conference? Feel free to use this resource to find a roommate and split the costs! Simply fill out the GoogleForm at the following link, and then check back to see other colleagues who are also searching for roommates. The summary of responses (link provided on the GoogleForm) will populate with the contact info of everyone who fills out a form – feel free to contact them directly and save some funds!

GoogleForm for Roommate Search:



The CBDNA Eastern Division now has a Facebook Group! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to interact with your colleagues, get updates about CBDNA events, and more! Simply go to Facebook and search for “CBDNA – Eastern Division” and request to join the group. You will be added within one business day (although it’s usually as quick as a few minutes!).


Performing groups:

Crane School of Music/Potsdam –  Brian Doyle
University of Connecticut – Vu Nguyen, conductor
University of Delaware –  Lauren Reynolds, conductor
Rowan University – Joseph Higgins, conductor
Temple University –  Patricia Cornette, conductor
Westchester University –  M. Gregory Martin, conductor
Intercollegiate Band – Beth Peterson, conductor

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2020 North Central Division Conference

February 20-22, 2020 in Chicago, IL. Hosted by Professor Erica Neidlinger and DePaul University. Our event will feature eleven exemplary performing ensembles, thought-provoking clinics, and the continuation of our mini-conducting symposium. I am particularly pleased to welcome Professor James Smith, Emeritus Director of Orchestras at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as our conducting symposium clinician. With great enthusiasm we welcome J. Eric Wilson, Director of Bands at Baylor University, who will serve as the conductor of our Intercollegiate Band. This years’ conference will also feature a video session of and for our CBDNA marching colleagues.


  • Gustavus Adolphus College Wind Orchestra, James Patrick Miller
  • Capital University Symphonic Winds, Jeff Gershman
  • Indiana University Concert Band, Jason Nam
  • University of Iowa Symphony Band, Richard Mark Heidel
  • Libertyville High School, Adam Gohr
  • Carmel High School, Michael Pote and Kyle Young
  • Michigan State University Symphony Band, David Thornton
  • Eastern Michigan University Wind Symphony, Mary K. Schneider
  • DePaul University Wind Ensemble, Erica J. Neidlinger
  • Northwestern University Symphonic Band, Shawn D. Vondran
  • CBDNA North Central Intercollegiate Band, J. Eric Wilson
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Complete Conference Information and Registration

Feb. 20-22, 2020

Southern Division Conference

Feb. 20-22, 2020

As the conference hosts, we at Northwestern State University are looking forward to your visit to historic Natchitoches (Nak-i-tish), Louisiana. We have a marvelous slate of performing ensembles and are anticipating thoughtful and informative academic presentations.

On the website you will find a link to register for the conference, a link to the hotel registration page, and links for information on Natchitoches restaurants and attractions.

It`s important that you include the group code “CBDNA” when booking your hotel room.  This will ensure you get the conference rate. ($109.00 per night.  Choosing the upgrade will provide you with breakfast and wifi for the extent of your stay for $9.95)

The banquet will be something you won`t want to miss at this year`s conference.  It will be held at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum.  The museums architecture has been recognized internationally.  The banquet will feature great Louisiana food and our local Mardi Gras parade will pass right by while we are there.  You can sign up for the banquet when registering for the conference. ($25.00)

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns!

Laissez les bons temps rouler

Jeff Mathews
Director of Bands
Northwestern State University

Southern Division Conference Web Site