Bennington Chamber Music Conference



Classical New England's weekly music festival travelogue heads to the southern Vermont, where amateur players join with professionals to create chamber music in the Green Mountains.

To hear the program, click on "Listen" above, and see a slideshow from festival performances below.

In picturesque southern Vermont, the Bennington Chamber Music Conference is a unique chamber music experience. With a focus on amateur and semi-professional musicians, the conference provides a rare and luxurious full-immersion experience for those whose vocations have taken them outside the musical arena. 

Faculty members from top ensembles like the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center are on hand to facilitate new levels of expression and musicianship among the participants. The faculty also presents a concert series during the conference, which has twice won Adventurous Programming Awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Jennings Hall at Bennington College

Jennings Music Building at Bennington College (photo by Claire Stefani, courtesy of Bennington Chamber Music Conference)

New music is integrated into the conference through the Composers’ Forum, with composers-in-residence and, for each week of the conference, a Composition Fellow. Not only are works by all of the composers integrated into concert programs, there are also new works written during the conference, connecting the chamber music cannon to music of our time. The 2011 conference featured roundtable discussion with Music Director Phillip Bush and Senior Composer-in-Residence Donald Crockett, available as downloadable podcasts.

The home of the conference, Bennington College, is in the Green Mountains of Vermont, with a multitude of options for recreation, dining, and lodging, as well as reasonable distances from other attractions likeTanglewood, Jacob's Pillow, MASS MoCA, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival.


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