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! 


This fund was created in memory of Susan Horvath, who deeply believed in commissioning exceptional new music for amateur chamber musicians. We are deeply grateful for all the time, love and effort over all the years that Susan put into making the Conference a collaborative, inclusive environment, and will continue her legacy through this initiative.

We hope you will support this exceptional project! An anonymous donor will match all donations up to a total of $2000. The 2022 Susan Horvath CMW Commission recipient is 2020/21 Fromm Foundation Composer Fellow Erin Busch.

This project supports the commission of a new work each year by a Fromm Foundation Composer Fellow. The new piece will be performed by an ensemble made up of a combination of CMW participants, Contemporary Performance Institute Fellows and Conference faculty. The work will be conducted by our Davidovsky Conductor Fellow and rehearsals will be coached by our newly appointed Music Director, Vimbayi Kaziboni. This unique collaboration brings together all the parts of the Conference.

About the 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.


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 Daily Schedule TBA shortly


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


Additional ensemble coaching sessions and the specialized seminar coachings occur in the afternoons.


Seminars are specialized coaching sessions in a group masterclass setting. They occur in the afternoons and are led by our CMW Artists. They count towards one of the coached ensembles for the week.


Each morning, we offer a different masterclass open to all CMW participants. Topics will range each day from specific instrumental technique masterclasses, to musicianship sessions, as well as chamber music masterclasses.

Tuition and Fees for CMW 2021 In-Person Workshop:

Partial Week Commuter Partial Week Resident Full Week Commuter Full Week Resident
Tuition $600 $600 $890 $890
Board/Lodging $66 ($22/day $260 $130 $455 ($65/day)
Facilities Fee $65 $65 $130 $130
COVID Testing Costs $40 (testing) $135 (extra night + testing) $70 $135 (extra night + testing)
Total $771 $1030 $1220 $1610

More information will be available in early 2022 about registering for the 2022 Chamber Music Workshop

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 Ensemble

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)