The CAMA Women’s Board continued to sponsor Preview Lectures, which were very well attended. A 1981|82 Preview Lecture schedule features lectures by Dr. Jerry Blackstone, Dr. William Prizer and Mrs. Marylka Limek-George of the Polish Dance Group, Mazowsze. Previews were held at the Music Academy of the West and at the Arlington Theatre.

In 1982, future CAMA Board Member Stephen Cloud and pianist Michael Isador founded Masterseries, an annual recital series that presented many notable recitalists, such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma, soprano Kiri Te Kanawa, and pianist Ivan Moravec. (Starting in the 2001|02 season, CAMA took up the responsibility of presenting the Masterseries concerts.)

Notable concerts from the 1980s included concerts by the Philadelphia Orchestra with Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, the Cleveland Orchestra (three times) with Lorin Maazel, Christoph von Dohnányi and Christoph Eschenbach, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with André Previn, the Concertgebouw Orchestra with Bernard Haitink, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra with Christoph Eschenbach, the San Francisco Symphony with Edo de Waart, the Royal Philharmonic (twice) with Yehudi Menuhin and Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Chicago Symphony with Sir Georg Solti, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Simon Rattle, the St. Louis Symphony with Leonard Slatkin, the Bavarian Symphony of Munich with Sir Colin Davis and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra with Charles Dutoit; and appearances with orchestra by violinists Glenn Dicterow, Gidon Kremer, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Shlomo Mintz, violist Heiichiro Ohyama, pianists Philippe Entremont, Myung-Whun Chung, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Misha Dichter, violinist Cho-Liang Lin, and soprano Elisabeth Söderström.