A group of conservatory-level students will be selected to study, rehearse, and perform challenging repertoire from the 20th and 21st centuries. Applications will be accepted from singers, violin, viola, cello, contrabass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, percussion and piano. Pre-formed groups may also apply.

Coaching and private instruction will be given by director Fred Sherry and members of the Conference Ensemble. The CPI will give a formal concert at the end of each week. CPI students enjoy interaction with the composer fellows and guest composers; they may be asked to play with the Conference Ensemble in their concerts.

Daily Schedule

Rehearsals and coachings take place between 9am-12pm and 2pm-5pm every day except Sunday. Private lessons scheduled separately.
Saturday, August 10th 10am-1pm: performance class featuring collaborations between CPI and Composer Fellows

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.


2018 repertoire: works by Stravinsky, Nørgård, Davidovsky, Kurtág, Copland, Adès, Kirchner, Meyer, Wuorinen, Sheng, Cage, Schoenberg
2017 repertoire: works by Carter, Takemitsu, Babbitt, Crawford-Seeger, Wuorinen, Davidovsky, Sakai, Stravinsky, Cowell, Foss, Fulmer, Berio, Schoenberg, Ligeti, Chasalow, Mackey, Hartke
2016 repertoire: works by Knussen, Berio, Schoenberg, Babbitt, Foss, Carter, Webern, Fujikura, Currier, Davidovsky, Wuorinen, Hyla, Sheng, Ives, Kurtág, Ligeti



Application deadline: March 1 Extended to March 14
Notification of Acceptance announced by March 15
Applicants’ confirmation of attendance by April 1


Application Fee: $50
Deposit Fee: $200 due on April 15; non-refundable, credited towards balance
Tuition $1400
Room and Board $1400
Some scholarships are available


Checks payable to Composers Conference. Please include the name of the student and program they are attending on the check.
Mail to:

Sandy Rosenberg, Treasurer
1 Chatfield Drive, Apt. 336
West Hartford CT 06110 USA

Checks must be drawn on U.S. banks in U.S. funds. Final payments must be received in full by May 1.
Students interested in setting up a payment plan for their final balance should contact the executive director at 508-276-1011.
Payment plans must be set up by April 15. Please be aware that final payment under any payment plan must be received by July 1.

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Contemporary Performance Institute Faculty & Staff

Fred Sherry

Contemporary Performance Institute Director

Conference Ensemble

Carol Archer

Contemporary Performance Institute Assistant Director

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