Our 75th Anniversary in 2020

It is always a milestone for ANY organization to reach 75 years of age! In 2020, the Bennington Chamber Music Conference will celebrate and honor our 75-year past, our longevity, and the impact the Conference has had on the music world.

We have a number of exciting initiatives underway, focused not only on celebrating this significant milestone, but also on strengthening our community and inspiring our future.

The two biggest projects we are excited about are the writing of our history, led by David Webber, and the commissioning of four major chamber music works. We are pleased to announce the 75th anniversary composers: Donald Crockett, Stephen Hartke, Hannah Lash, and Elizabeth Ogonek. The commissioned works, which will be funded by generous donations from participants, will include winds, strings, and piano, reflecting the instrumental composition of our Conference.

In addition to the documented history and commissioned works, we are planning special presentations, celebrations, and ways to feature past Conference composers. We are also launching an oral history project, inviting anyone to record a short story related to their experiences over the years.

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 bcmc75@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
Marilyn Bell, Executive Director

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