The Composers Conference, guided for nearly 50 years by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Mario Davidovsky, offers a unique opportunity for emerging composers, professional musicians, amateur chamber players, and conservatory-level instrumentalists and singers to come together as colleagues, audience, teachers and students in an atmosphere of fertile creativity and concentrated, high-level music making.
The Composer Fellows participate in intensive seminars and public colloquia with Davidovsky and distinguished guest composers; each of the select fellows has a work publicly performed and professionally recorded by the Conference Ensemble, twenty-one new music specialists under the direction of James Baker. The Chamber Music Workshop, directed by Jessica Tong, offers amateur chamber musicians a tailor-made experience that includes daily coachings, workshops, masterclasses, ensemble readings, performance opportunities and stimulating evening concerts. Students in the Contemporary Performance Institute join the community to study, rehearse, and perform challenging repertoire from music of the 20th and 21st centuries, with coaching by director Fred Sherry and members of the Conference Ensemble. Concerts at the Conference feature classics and rarities from the 18th-21st centuries including music of the composer fellows and faculty.