Our 75th Anniversary in 2020
In 2020, the Chamber Music Conference and Composers' Forum of the East will celebrate and honor our 75-year past, our longevity, our decades of residence at Bennington College, 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 longtime participant 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. For more information on the 2020 Composers' Forum, see the Composers' Forum page.
In addition to the documented history and commissioned works, we are planning special presentations, celebrations, and ways to feature past Conference composers.
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, send us topics for the written history, ask questions, or volunteer for a project may contact the 75th Anniversary Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us or any other Board member.
— Bobby Kipp and Claire Stefani, 75th Anniversary Committee co-chairs