Composers Conference

Holly Druckman receives inaugural Mario Davidovsky New Music Conductor Fellowship.

Boston-based conductor Holly Druckman is in demand as a smart, sensitive performer of early and contemporary music. Ms. Druckman is a music director and conductor with a passion for curation and dramaturgy. She sees her mission as creating and performing programs that function as large-scale compositions. Her thoughtful approach to programming brings her audience and musical collaborators alike on a journey, in which the emotional whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

This fellowship is named in honor of Mario Davidovsky, the Conference’s long-serving late Director whose vision and generosity sustained our organization for many decades. Mario was a tremendous composer and a vital, creative force. His belief in the power of art as a means for gaining knowledge and practicing change was central to the way he lived his life. Sharing and learning in community were powerful tools for Mario, and we seek to continue these values at the Conference.

The Mario Davidovsky New Music Conductor Fellow will work with Ensemble Conductor and Conference Music Director Vimbayi Kaziboni, AD Kurt Rohde, CPI Director Peggy Kampmeier, CMW Director Jessica Tong, the Conference Ensemble, Guest Composers and CPI Fellows. The fellowship will cover tuition, room and board, and travel expenses.

The goal is to bring an exciting young up & coming new music conductor to the Conference to work with our new conductor & the Conference Ensemble & CPI. The target applicant will give preference to a BIPOC/ALAANA, non-male identifying person. 

An ideal candidate would be someone who:

  • is still in the early stage of their career and has received significant training,
  • has a strong commitment and interest in working with living composers,
  • is committed to working with new music performers in a respectful, professional, collaborative manner,
  • has a vision for their role in our new music community, 
  • is sensitive to the need to promote and champion composers and performers from underrepresented communities who would benefit from opportunities afforded them that are typically out of reach, and
  • is excited about working with amateur musicians on a variety of repertoire.

All participants must be up to date with full vaccination for the COVID-19 virus not less than 1 month prior to the beginning of the Conference. Proof of vaccination is required of all participants.

Conference Members

Vimbayi Kaziboni


Mario Davidovsky

Former Fellows Director

Kurt Rohde

Artistic Director

Margaret Kampmeier