Composers Conference

78th Season

July 24th to August 7th 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 2022 Composers Conference is scheduled to take place at Brandeis University July 24-August 7, 2022. Applications for the Composer & CPI Fellowships will open in November 2021. Applications for the Chamber Music Workshop will open in March 2022.

We invite you to visit our CONCERTS and EVENTS page to peruse our 2021 and 2020 concerts and events.

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.

The inaugural Mario Davidovsky New Music Conductor Fellowship will take place at the 2022 Composers Conference. This fellowship is named in honor of Mario Davidovsky, the Conference’s long-serving late Director...
Kurt Rohde, Artistic Director Tonia Ko and Donnacha Dennehy, Guest Composers 2022 Our Fromm Foundation Composer Fellows are selected to participate in intensive seminars, rehearsals, workshops and public colloquia with...
Instrumentalists, singers, and pre-formed ensembles are encouraged to apply to the Contemporary Performance Institute at the Composers Conference. CPI director Margaret Kampmeier and members of the Conference Ensemble provide coachings...
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...