Composers Conference

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, while learning from world-class performers.

The Susan Horvath CMW Commission Fund is open for donations! 

For information about the CMW x Avaloch: Fall 2022 Foliage Chamber Music Retreat, click HERE.

About the 2022 Chamber Music Workshop

In addition to daily chamber music coachings by Conference faculty and Artists-in-Residence, Chamber Music Workshop participants have the opportunity to partake in masterclasses, seminars, performances, chamber music reading sessions and learning new commissioned works. There are also multiple opportunities to attend open rehearsals, lectures and concerts from Conference faculty members and students of the Contemporary Performance Institute. CMW participants live and socialize with the Composers Conference Fellows, CPI and Faculty Artists, and the resulting shared experience and synergy creates a close-knit musical community unlike any other. Under the direction of violinist and CMW Director Jessica Tong, the Chamber Music Workshop offers a rich and diverse experience that reflects the expressive and intellectual possibilities that only the intimacy of chamber music can reveal.

Faculty

The Chamber Music Workshop participants have the opportunity to work in their coached ensembles with the CMW Artists-in-Residence, Resident Faculty, and members of the Conference Ensemble. Check out the Faculty tab to learn more about these esteemed musicians.

2022 CMW Schedule

Participants may sign up for a full week (3 coached ensembles) or partial week (2 coached ensembles). If you would like to participate in a single seminar or ensemble, please write to Kathryn Welter (welter@composersconference.org) to make the necessary arrangements before submitting an application.

This is a what a typical day at the 2022 CMW at Brandeis looks like:

MORNINGS

Each morning, there are assigned ensemble coachings, followed by a Conference themed lecture, instrumental technique masterclass or chamber music masterclass.

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AFTERNOONS

Additional ensemble coaching sessions and the specialized seminar coachings occur in the afternoons. Please click on the tab “Seminars+Masterclasses” to view specific seminars for 2022.

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EVENINGS

Each evening, there is a performance or interactive activity featuring CMW Artists, CPI Participants and Conference Ensemble Members.

CLICK HERE for a detailed weekly schedule.

 

2022 CMW OFFERINGS

MASTERCLASSES (open to all CMW participants in addition to coachings)

Each day at 10:45am-12pm, there will be either a specialized Instrumental Technique, Chamber Music or Musicianship masterclass offered to al those who are participating in the Chamber Music Workshop. This year’s overarching Musicianship Masterclass Topic will be The Art of Listening. All are welcome to join any and all of these classes!

SEMINARS (counts towards one or two of your coaching assignments. If you would like to participate in a seminar, indicate your interest in your registration form. You will be notified of whether you have been chosen to be part of the seminar when final repertoire selections have been sent out to you.)

PERFORMANCE TRACK SEMINAR

WHEN: Offered Weeks 1 and 2 | must attend a FULL WEEK to be eligible (counts for 2 coaching assignments)

WHO: Open to Strings and Winds | For Individuals* and Pre-Formed Ensembles

COACHES: various Conference Ensemble members

This seminar is for participants who enjoy the thrill of performing for a live audience. You will have the opportunity to work in depth over the course of the entire week on preparing a chamber music piece, with the opportunity to perform in an off-campus concert in the community arranged by the CMW, on the final day of the Workshop. If you are applying for the Performance Track Coachings as an individual, you must submit a recent video of two contrasting excerpts so that we can ensure placement in an appropriate ensemble. There is no need for a video if a pre-formed ensemble is applying.

 

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ANALYZING THE ARCHDUKE: An Exploration of Beethoven’s Piano Trio in Bb, Op. 97

WHEN: Offered Week 1 | Sun-Tue PM

WHO: Open to Strings/Piano | For Individuals and Pre-Formed Ensembles

COACH: David Kaplan

Beethoven’s Archduke Trio was a seminal work, and composed as a part of a remarkable sequence of three chamber works, including the op. 95 Serioso String Quartet and his last Violin Sonata op. 96. In this piano trio seminar led by CMW Artist David Kaplan, participants will have a chance to learn more about the musical and historical context of the piece, and work in a group setting on all four movements of the trio, while rotating chamber music partners at the same time.

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PIANO FOUR HANDS SEMINAR: Mozart Four Hands Sonata in D Major, K. 381

WHEN: Offered Week 1 and 2 | Wed-Fri PM

WHO: Open to Piano | For Individuals

COACH: David Kaplan

After writing his first four-hand sonata at the tender age of 9, Mozart waited until 1772 to return to the genre, starting with the D Major Four-Hand Sonata. Join CMW Artist David Kaplan in an exploration of Mozart’s first mature four hand piano chamber work. Participants will have the chance to rotate with various duo partners during the seminar.

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SEARCHING FOR SCHUMANN: Discovering Schumann’s Piano Quartet in Eb, op. 47

WHEN: Offered Week 2 | Sun-Tu PM

WHO: Open to piano/strings | Individuals and pre-formed ensembles

COACH: David Kaplan

In the same year that Schumann composed the sublime Piano Quartet, he also wrote three string quartets, his piano quintet and the Phantasiestuecke Piano Trio. This productive “year of chamber music” often found inspiration in the study of Bach and his use of counterpoint. In this piano quartet seminar led by CMW Artist David Kaplan, participants will have the opportunity to rotate with various playing partners as they delve into the musical and technical intricacies of this musical masterpiece.

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LARGE WIND ENSEMBLE SEMINAR I: Beethoven Octet in Eb, Op 103

WHEN: Offered Week 1 | Sun-Tue PM

WHO: Open to winds/brass

COACH: Isabelle Plaster

A rare opportunity to work in depth and perform a beloved work from the large wind ensemble repertoire, guided by our long time CMW faculty member Isabelle Plaster. The ensemble will have the opportunity to perform in both one of the chamber music masterclasses and the afternoon Musicale concert.

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LARGE WIND ENSEMBLE SEMINAR II: Strauss Serenade in Eb, Op. 7

WHEN: Offered Week 2 | Sun-Tue PM

WHO: Open to winds/brass

COACH: Isabelle Plaster

A rare opportunity to work in depth and perform a beloved work from the large wind ensemble repertoire, guided by our long time CMW faculty member Isabelle Plaster. The ensemble will have the opportunity to perform in both one of the chamber music masterclasses and the afternoon Musicale concert.

 

Tuition and Fees for CMW 2022 In-Person Workshop:

 

For Commuters: Includes tuition for coachings and access to all facilities on campus.

Partial Week Commuter: $ 745

Full Week Commuter: $1150

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For Residents: Includes tuition for coachings, board and lodging and access to all facilities on campus

Partial Week Resident: $1050

Full Week Resident: $1630

2022 Tuition Payments are due May 20th. Pay tuition online here.

In order to register for the 2022 Chamber Music Workshop at Brandeis, please click the link below to complete the registration form. Once we receive your application and deposit payment, your spot will be reserved. New applicants will be contacted by CMW Director Jessica Tong for a follow-up, to ensure placement in appropriate ensembles.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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Please note, 2022 will have limited spots available, due to ongoing covid protocols and space limitations at Brandeis University. If you attempt to register and it indicates that you are unable to complete your registration, please email welter@composersconference.org to be placed on the waitlist.

Please note that all participants for the 2022 Conference must be up to date with full 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.

Any additional masking and testing requirements will be determined closer to the festival, pending on Massachusetts health guidance and Brandeis University’s covid policies.

 

Conference Members

Jessica Tong

Chamber Music Workshop Director

Timothy McFarland

Resident Faculty

Isabelle Plaster

Resident Faculty

David Kaplan

Artist-In-Residence (Piano)

Ashley Bathgate

Artist-In-Residence (Cello)