Our 75th Anniversary in 2022

The Chamber Music Conference is celebrating and honoring our 75-year past and the impact the Conference has had on the music world. We are excited about a number of initiatives, focused not only on celebrating this significant milestone but also on strengthening our community and inspiring our future.

History Book

One of these projects is the writing of The Music of Friends: 75 Years of the Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East. This handsome, splendidly illustrated volume, by long-time conference cellist and author David W. Webber, is a richly detailed history of the Conference from its beginnings to the present day. Packed with personalities, anecdotes, memorabilia, photos, and fascinating facts, it’s a must-read for conference devotees and chamber music fans everywhere.

To order The Music of Friends ($45.99), please use one of these links to our online retailers:

To order the e-book ($19.95), use one of these links:

Anniversary Commissions

Our other major project is the commissioning of four major chamber music works from composers Donald Crockett, Kurt Rohde, Hannah Lash, and Elizabeth Ogonek. The commissioned works, which are funded by generous donations from participants, will include winds, strings, and piano, reflecting the instrumental composition of our Conference. The works will be presented at the next in-person Conference, which is being planned for 2022. For more information, see the Composers' Forum page.

Anniversary Merchandise

Order your 75th anniversary merchandise now from our online store!

Other Plans

In addition to the documented history and commissioned works, our plans for the next Conference include special presentations, celebrations, and ways to feature past Conference composers. We also plan to release commemorative recordings before the next Conference.

CMC Stories

We are pleased to announce CMC Stories, an ongoing initiative to collect oral histories from the CMC community. Inspired in part by the popular StoryCorps project, our goal is to put together a rich archive representing CMC experiences of all sorts throughout the Conference's history.

All members of the CMC community (current and former participants and faculty) are invited to contribute stories to the archive. Most stories will eventually be posted on the Conference website.

Share a favorite memory by yourself, or interview a friend—perhaps someone who was in one of your very first coaching groups, or someone you recruited to the Conference. Record your story on a smartphone or other recording device. Follow these guidelines for creating and submitting your story.

Use the links on the right side of this page to hear some of the stories we've received so far.

Watch this page for more information! Members of the Conference commmunity who would like to propose ideas, ask questions, or volunteer for a project may contact the 75th Anniversary Committee at cmc75@cmceast.org, or contact us or any other Board member.

— Bobby Kipp and Claire Stefani, 75th Anniversary Committee co-chairs

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The Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East, Inc.
Tobias Werner, Music Director
Donald Crockett, Senior Composer-in-Residence
Susie Ikeda, Executive Director

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