Composers Conference

76th Season

July 30-August 7, 2021

The 2021 Composers Conference will take place at Brandeis University July 30-August 7, 2021. Applications for Fromm Foundation Composer Fellows are not being accepted for 2021. Application for the Contemporary Performance Institute will open in early 2021. Applications for the Chamber Music Workshop will open in March 2021.

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 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.

The 2021 Conference will hold a reduced session. The Chamber Music Workshop, Fromm Composer Fellows and Conference Ensemble will meet in-person at Brandeis University. The Fromm CPI Fellows will have a virtual workshop May through July 2021. CPI will culminate with the premiere of new collaborative works with the Fromm Composer Fellows on YouTube during the week of the in-person Conference. Stay tuned for further details about our 2021 events. We invite you to peruse our 2020 Virtual Conference events found on our CONCERTS and EVENTS page. Thank you and stay well.

-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.

Kurt Rohde, Artistic Director Linda Catlin Smith and Amadeus Regucera, Guest Composers 2021 Our Fromm Foundation Composer Fellows are selected to participate in intensive seminars, rehearsals, workshops and public colloquia...
Instrumentalists, singers, and pre-formed ensembles are encouraged to apply to the Contemporary Performance Institute at the Composers Conference. Accepted students gather together in the summer for an intense two-week period...
For more than 70 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...
The Conference Ensemble consists of the finest new music specialists, many of whom are members of highly regarded groups such as Talea, ICE, counter)induction, the Network for New Music, New...