Composers Conference

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 coachings and private instruction. At the end of each week, the members of CPI present a formal concert. In addition, they may be called upon to perform with the Conference Ensemble. Fromm Foundation CPI Fellows engage with the Composer Fellows and Guest Composers throughout their time at the Conference by performing their music and collaborating on new pieces.

Accepted students gather together in the summer for an intense two-week period of study, coaching, and performance. The repertoire is chosen from the diverse, significant, and far-ranging offerings of the 20th and 21st centuries. We are an inclusive, collaborative environment; Female, trans, non-binary, queer, and musicians of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

2022 Fromm Foundation CPI Fellows

Neil Beckmann

Gracie Carney

Adeline DeBella

Han Geul Lee

Jenn Mong

Joshua Phillips

Bailey Wantuch

Amelia Smerz


Once application is completed, you will receive a confirmation email that it has been submitted. If you do not receive an email confirmation, your application was not processed.

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.

Application deadline: EXTENDED TO February 15, 2022
Notification of Acceptance announced by March 1, 2022
Applicants’ confirmation of attendance by mid-April, 2022


Application Fee: $0

Program Costs

Tuition & Room and Board – FREE

Daily Schedule

Rehearsals, coachings and classes: 9am-12pm, 2pm-5pm daily (except for Sunday)

Private instruction: Scheduled according to availability.

CPI and Composer Fellows Collaboration Class: 9am-12pm, Saturday

Evening Concerts and Presentations
Monday: CPI and Composer Fellows get-together
Tuesday: Composer Fellows presentation
Wednesday: Conference Ensemble concert
Thursday: Distinguished Guest Composers presentation
Friday: Contemporary Performance Institute concert
Saturday: Conference Ensemble concert

*Parties and receptions are offered after each evening event.

2021 Fromm Foundation Composer & CPI Fellows Collaborative Teams

Josiah CatalanJacob MacKay (cello)
Jack Langdon / Jack Yarbrough (piano)
Kory Reeder / Sebastian Stefanovic (viola)
Alyssa Regent / Adam Woodward (violin)
Kurt Rohde/Chad Wesselkamper (bass)
Igor Santos /Kaichi Hirayama (clarinet)
José Manuel Serrano /Kevin Newton (French horn)


Conference Members

Vimbayi Kaziboni


Kurt Rohde

Artistic Director

Margaret Kampmeier


Conference Ensemble