Chamber Music Conference (at Bennington College in 2021)
The Chamber Music Conference, often referred to as "Bennington", is pleased to announce that we are planning an all-vaccinated, shorter- and smaller-than-usual, in-person gathering in 2021 at our former home, Bennington College. We will relocate in 2022 to Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.
Specifics about our 2021 Chamber Music Conference, including the Conference dates, the application timeline, and required covid-related precautions, will be posted on our website (cmceast.org) later in the spring. The description below applies to our usual in-person Conference, which we expect to resume in 2022 at Colgate.
NOTE: New applicants should contact Executive Director Susie Ikeda (email@example.com) for information about starting the application process in the meantime.
For 75 years, musicians from all over the world have gathered each summer to play chamber music and to grow as musicians. What attracts these musicians, and brings them back, is the love of playing chamber music, the chance to learn from world-class performers and teachers, and the joy of seeing old friends and making new ones.
The Conference enables committed chamber musicians to learn and grow by offering outstanding chamber music coaching, faculty concerts and seminars, and opportunities for spontaneous free playing, in a beautiful setting. At the same time, it supports new chamber music composition and performance through a vibrant program of composer residencies. This combination of features creates a unique and exhilarating musical immersion.
The Conference runs for four weeks in July and August. Most participants attend for one or two weeks. Conference participants comprise amateur musicians who range in age and ability, and who play strings (violin, viola, cello, and double bass), woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn), and piano. All participants share a passion for chamber music and the desire for an intensive and rewarding learning experience.
The Conference faculty includes outstanding artists who combine concert careers with a dedication to teaching. Members of the faculty perform regularly as soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestra players, and many teach at major conservatories and university music departments nationwide and beyond.