Connecticut Summerfest 2019: Applications Now Open!

Connecticut Summerfest, a nonprofit contemporary music festival, is excited to announce the opening of applications for its 2019 Composition Program!

Connecticut Summerfest brings together talented emerging composers with some of the country's most inventive chamber music ensembles for a week-long festival of artistic exchange culminating in nine world premieres. Our 2019 festival will take place at The Hartt School in West Hartford, CT from June 13th to 19th, 2019.

Festival Composers Receive:
—Live and live-streamed premiere of newly composed work by one of our three professional ensembles-in-residence:
Duo Alterity: flute and guitar
Hub New Music: flute, clarinet, violin, and cello
Quince Ensemble: vocal quartet (3 sopranos, 1 mezzo-soprano)
—High-quality, mastered audio of newly composed work in studio recording session
—Concert video recording from live premiere, featured on our YouTube channel
—Dedicated rehearsal time with our ensembles-in-residence
—Four private, 1-hour composition lessons with our world-class composition faculty:
Aaron Jay Kernis (Yale School of Music)
Laura Kaminsky (Purchase College)
Miguel del Aguila (three-time GRAMMY nominee)
Robert Carl (The Hartt School)
—One-on-one, 30-minute career consultation with renowned performing arts career specialist Angela Myles Beeching
—Attendance of guest lectures with leading music specialists
Housing and meals for the duration of the festival

Application Timeline:
Early Bird Deadline: $30 before 11:59PM EST on Saturday, December 1, 2018
Final Deadline: $45 before 11:59PM EST on Saturday, January 5, 2019

Watch our 2019 Promo Video to learn more about this year's festival, and visit for detailed application guidelines.
Updates and ensemble and faculty spotlights are posted regularly on our Facebook page.

Testimonials from Connecticut Summerfest 2018:
"Connecticut Summerfest was an incredibly rewarding experience. The amount of artistry from my fellow composers, the ensembles-in-residence, and the faculty was truly inspiring."
—Mario Godoy, 2018 Festival Composer

"I have been exposed to many different sides of music, and was inspired and encouraged by everyone here!"
—Becky Turro, 2018 Festival Composer

"So much artistry and skill in such a short period of time! It was such a pleasure to work with the talented young composers throughout the festival. It's such a rarity to be a part of a festival that puts contemporary music front and center, and it was a joy to be an ensemble-in-residence with an organization and community that shares our same artistic values for making new music."
—Kari Landry, Akropolis Reed Quintet, 2018 Ensemble-in-Residence

Click here to apply to Connecticut Summerfest 2019!

5 Jan 2019
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