A Summer Workshop for People Who Love to Play Chamber Music
Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont
July 19 to August 16, 2015
For almost seven decades, musicians from the United States, Canada, Europe, and elsewhere have gathered each summer in Vermont – for nearly forty years at Bennington College – 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 first-class performers and teachers, and the joy of seeing old friends and making new ones.
The Bennington Chamber Music Conference offers outstanding chamber music coaching, faculty concerts and seminars, opportunities for
free playing, and a vibrant program of composer residencies, in a historic and verdant New England setting at the foot of the Green Mountains. This combination of features creates a unique and exhilarating musical immersion.
The Conference runs for four separate weeks in July and August. The weeks vary as to the number of participants and the mix of coaching and free playing. Most participants attend for one or two weeks. The Conference attracts amateur musicians of all ages, on strings (violin, viola, cello, and double bass), winds (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn), piano, voice, and harp. The common denominator among them is simply a passion for chamber music.
Repertoire coached and performed at the Conference ranges from the Classical period to the present and includes trios, quartets, quintets, and pieces for larger chamber ensembles. The Composers' Forum commissions new works by the Conference's Composers-in-Residence and involves both faculty and participants in contemporary music.
The Conference faculty includes outstanding performing artists who combine concert careers with a dedication to teaching. They perform regularly as soloists and chamber musicians, and many are drawn from the faculties of major conservatories and university music departments nationwide and beyond.
If you are a potential first-time applicant, we encourage you to contact us now, so that we know of your interest and can answer any questions you have.