Our 75th Anniversary in 2022
In 2022, the Chamber Music Conference celebrated and honored our 75-year past and the impact the Conference has had on the music world. We completed a number of initiatives, focused not only on celebrating this significant milestone but also on strengthening our community and inspiring our future.
One of these projects was the writing and publishing 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, please use one of these links to our online retailers:
To order the e-book, use one of these links:
- Barnes & Noble, Apple and other retailers in various formats
- Amazon in Kindle format (with reduced royalties for the Chamber Music Conference)
Our next major project was the commissioning of four major chamber music works from composers Donald Crockett, Kurt Rohde, Han Lash, and Elizabeth Ogonek. The commissioned works, which were funded by generous donations from participants, included winds, strings, and piano, reflecting the instrumental composition of our Conference. The works were presented at the 2022 Conference. For more information, see the Composers' Forum page.
Our third major project was to issue a collection of faculty concert recordings: 29 complete works performed live by Conference faculty, chosen from Conference archives of over 850 performances recorded from 1956 to 2019.
The recordings can be purchased as a set of eight CDs or streamed or purchased for download as digital music.
For more information, see the Faculty Concert Recordings page.
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CMC Stories was initiative to collect oral histories from the CMC community. Inspired in part by the popular StoryCorps project, our goal was to put together a rich archive representing CMC experiences of all sorts throughout the Conference's history.
Use the links on the right side of this page to hear some of the stories we received.
— Bobby Kipp and Claire Stefani, 75th Anniversary Committee co-chairs