Application Form and Brochure

The 2019 application form and brochure will be posted in December 2018.

New Applicants

If you are new to the Conference, we would like to learn about your playing ability and experience, to place you in compatible chamber music groups. With your application, please enclose a letter describing your musical experience and providing the names and telephone numbers of two musicians (for example, teachers, fellow ensemblists, or Conference participants or faculty members) who are familiar with your playing. After we receive your application, we will arrange for you to play for a faculty member.

We urge you to apply early, because space is limited.

Fees, Deposit, and Payment

Fees for the 2018 Conference, per week, are:

Participants – $1475
Includes tuition, room and board, and use of all facilities.

Auditors – $1225
Includes attendance as an observer at coaching sessions, room and board, and use of all facilities.

Family Members – Adults, $675; Children 2-15 years, $300

Financial aid is available.

Enclose a deposit of $150 per applicant per week, plus $75 per family member per week, with your application.

All payments must be made by a check drawn on a U.S. bank or by an international money order, payable to Chamber Music Conference. After you are accepted, the deposit is applied to your fees, and the balance will be due May 15. The deposit will be fully refunded if you are not accepted, or if you withdraw before you have been accepted. Otherwise the deposit is nonrefundable. If you withdraw after May 15, your payment will be partially refunded (less $400 per week, including deposit, for a full participant; less $200 per week, including deposit, for an auditor). If a family member is unable to come, the corresponding payment will be applied to the participant's fee.

Mailing Address

Mail your application to:

Chamber Music Conference
P.O. Box 130
Arlington, MA 02476


March 1 – Due date for first-priority consideration of applications. After March 1, some spaces typically remain available, depending on the instrument and the week, and prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Executive Director to inquire.

March 20 – Applicants are notified of acceptance.

April 15 – Due date for coaching requests from accepted applicants.

May 15 – Due date for payment of balance of fees.

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. To apply for financial aid, send in your application, including deposit if possible, and indicate at the top of the application that you are requesting financial aid.


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 or contact us at to inquire.


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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