Composers Conference

78th Season

July 23th to August 6th 2022

The Composers Conference nurtures the creation, performance, and appreciation of music, serving as a catalyst for conscientious creativity through shared wisdom, expertise, and diverse artistry.

The Composers Conference is a summer program that embraces collaborative music creation by musicians at the beginning of their careers, those that are well-established, and those for whom music is an important part of their lives.

The 2022 Composers Conference will take place at Brandeis University July 23-August 6, 2022. Please note that all participants must be up to date with vaccination for the COVID-19 virus not less than 1 month prior to the beginning of the 2022 Conference. Proof of vaccination is required of all participants.

Visit our CONCERTS and EVENTS page. TICKETS are now on sale for our Conference Ensemble & Contemporary Performance Institute concerts. Masks and proof of vaccination are required for entry to all events.

Applications for the 2023 Conference will open in December 2022.

The Composers Conference Statement on Anti-Racism

Founded over 75 years ago, the Composers Conference has sought through learning and adapting, to serve as an inclusive, collaborative environment that promotes the exploration, invention and performance of music at the highest levels. We remain committed to creating an anti-racist culture where Black voices and visions can be seen, heard, and nurtured.

The Composers Conference knows and believes Black lives matter. We will fight against the inequality and injustice towards all Black people. We believe in the power of music to create a more compassionate, ethical, and equitable world.

-Kurt Rohde, Artistic Director

Artistic Director Kurt Rohde’s welcome message from the 2020 Conference

Conference Programs

Through an inclusive, collaborative environment, the Composers Conference offers a unique opportunity for exceptional emerging composers, professional musicians, amateur chamber players, and conservatory-level musicians to come together as colleagues, audience, teachers and students in an atmosphere of fertile creativity and concentrated, high-level music making each summer at Brandeis University. The Composers Conference is a musical utopia that fosters, teaches, cultivates, shares, creates, and performs the best contemporary music with the highest artistic standards. The result allows for exploration and invention with integrity and honesty.

Holly Druckman receives inaugural Mario Davidovsky New Music Conductor Fellowship. Boston-based conductor Holly Druckman is in demand as a smart, sensitive performer of early and contemporary music. Ms. Druckman is a music...
Our Fromm Foundation Composer Fellows will participate in intensive seminars, rehearsals, workshops and public colloquia with our distinguished 2022 Guest Composers Tonia Ko and Donnacha Dennehy. Under the guidance of...
Instrumentalists, singers, and pre-formed ensembles are encouraged to apply to the Contemporary Performance Institute (CPI) at the Composers Conference. CPI director Margaret Kampmeier and members of the Conference Ensemble provide...
For nearly 80 years, the Chamber Music Workshop (CMW) has provided amateur musicians with the opportunity to expand their knowledge of chamber music by collaborating with friends old and new,...
Vimbayi Kaziboni appointed as Composers Conference Music Director and Conference Ensemble Conductor. Commenting on being appointed Conference Music Director and Conference Ensemble Conductor, Kaziboni remarks, “I admire greatly the mission and...