2023 Chamber Music Conference Information

We are pleased to be planning a four-week, all-vaccinated, in-person Chamber Music Conference at Colgate University!

We are planning that the four Conference weeks will be similar to last year, and again this year, higher flexibility will be considered a differentiating factor in admissions decisions – the more flexibility you can offer, the better your chances of being admitted. The format for week 1 (the Intensive Week) will be similar to last year. See the Coaching page for information about the week formats.

We will offer the ability for participants to pre-form groups for coaching up to the usual limits (see the Coaching page for information about requests and pre-formed groups). Because week flexibility is of high importance, it is essential that applicants refrain from pre-forming groups until admissions are complete in mid-March. Pre-formed groups will not be a consideration in determining admissions.

We are discontinuing our previous COVID-19 precautions that restricted the instrumentation of coached groups. This year, groups can be of any size and can mix winds and non-winds.

We are pleased to return to our long-standing and much-loved Composers’ Forum format, with a Composer-in-Residence and a Composition Fellow at each of weeks 2, 3, and 4. In this year’s application form, we ask you to indicate your interest in being coached on a Composers’ Forum work. See the Composers’ Forum page for information about the composer residencies and commissioned works.

We are accepting applications for Conference auditors to weeks 2, 3, and 4 (see the Auditing page for information about the option of auditing at the Conference). That said, we are again unsure which weeks will have space for auditors. If you are applying to attend the Conference as an auditor, indicate all the weeks you can possibly attend, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions

These precautions were determined after consultation with experts in the fields of infectious disease, airborne viral spread, and occupational health and safety.

Please read the list of precautions carefully, so that you have a complete awareness and understanding of what to expect of us and what we expect of you. It is essential that all attendees comply with our precautions, to protect the health of our community and to minimize disruptions to our coachings, concerts, and other programs.

Because the COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving, it is likely that our precautions will change, and some aspects of the precautions will be finalized closer to the time of the Conference. Depending on pandemic conditions, the precautions may become more stringent or less stringent. The precautions that we are indicating now are what we can anticipate based on our understanding at this time. It is important that everyone who plans to attend the Conference commit to adhere to the precautions in effect when they attend.

If we make any changes to the precautions as specified here, we will notify all attendees prior to the Conference.

Submitting an Application

The 2024 application form and brochure will be posted in December 2023.

Fees and Payment

Fees for participants in the 2023 Conference, per week, were:

Weekly Fees for Participants – $1,675. Includes tuition, room and board, free playing, use of all facilities, and admission to all concerts and parties.

Weekly Fees for Auditors – $1,400. Includes attendance as an observer at coaching sessions, room and board, free playing, use of all facilities, and admission to all concerts and parties.

Weekly Fees for Nonplaying Guests – $575. Includes room and board and admission to all concerts and parties.

Application Fee – $200 per person per week, to be paid online using the CMC Payment Form. Both the application fee and the completed online application form must be received for an application to be processed. If we cannot admit you, the application fee will be fully refunded; otherwise, the application fee is nonrefundable.

Balance Payments – After you are admitted, the application fee is applied to your attendance fees and the balance will be due by April 15.

Method of Payment – We are asking that all fee payments be submitted using the online CMC Payment Form.

Refund Policy – If you withdraw after April 15, your attendance fee will be partially refunded (less $600 per week). If we cancel your attendance at any time, your fees will be refunded in full.


We are moving up our pre-Conference timeline to reflect the earlier timing of the Conference at Colgate and to provide more time for preparation after coaching assignments are sent out.

This is the timeline for the 2023 Chamber Music Conference application process.

February 15, 2023: Application deadline for all applicants to receive first priority consideration for space in the program. After this date, participant applications received for spaces already filled will be automatically put on a participant waiting list.

Mid-March 2023: Acceptance letters will be sent, including information about submitting your coaching requests.

April 15, 2023: Your payment balance is due.

Financial Aid

Financial aid, made possible in part by donations to the Financial Aid Fund, is available to support participants who are unable to pay the full fee. Financial aid is awarded based on need – both the participant's need for support and the Conference's need for particular players. If you are requesting financial aid, provide details in your CMC Participant and Auditor Online Application Form.


If you are a prospective applicant with a disability that may require accommodation to enable participation at the Conference, please note this when you apply by emailing us at


If you are new to the Conference and would like to learn more from an experienced participant, please send an
e-mail message (optionally including your phone number) to One of our long-time participants will contact you and answer your questions or otherwise assist you.

All other inquiries should be directed to Susie Ikeda, our Executive Director, at or 617-447-1808.

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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