Connecticut Summerfest 2022

Connecticut Summerfest announces its 2022 Composition Program, and applications are open! Our application deadline is January 7th, 2022, and our application fee is pay-what-you-wish.

To apply:

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. We are proud to elevate voices of composers from historically underrepresented groups, specifically gender diverse composers and composers of color, through our Composition Program and concert programming.

Our 2022 festival will take place at The Hartt School (West Hartford, Connecticut) from June 9th to 15th, 2022. In case of a pandemic resurgence, we have a Virtual Contingency plan if needed.

➤ 2022 Composition Faculty:
Robert Carl (The Hartt School – University of Hartford)
Du Yun (Peabody Institute – Johns Hopkins University)
Gilda Lyons (The Hartt School – University of Hartford)
Evan Williams (Rhodes College)

➤ 2022 Ensembles-in-Residence:
Del Sol Quartet (string quartet)
Haven Trio (soprano, clarinet, piano)
NorthStar Duo (flute and saxophone)

Festival Composer Benefits:
—World Premiere of newly composed work by one of three professional ensembles-in-residence, both live in-person AND live-streamed
—High-quality audio AND video of newly composed work from a professional recording session
—Four private, 1-hour lessons with our world-class composition faculty
—Dedicated rehearsal time with our ensembles-in-residence
—Enriching guest lectures with leading music specialists
—One-on-one consultation with Just a Theory Press to discuss possible publication of composers’ works
—Feedback from composition faculty and other Connecticut Summerfest composers at composition seminars
—Join a growing network of artists, composers, performers, and sound artists

We Encourage Applications from Composers…
—of racial and ethnic minority groups
—of marginalized genders and sexes
—who love to collaborate and build lasting artistic relationships
—who are curious and kind
—who are open-minded to different musical styles and backgrounds
—who will contribute to a supportive and collaborative environment

Scholarships Available:
—Gender Diversity Scholarship
—Composers of Color Scholarship


“… In addition to looking deeper into my music at lessons with faculty, I learned about publishing, commissioning, and more of the business aspects of being a composer. Attending Connecticut Summerfest 2021 was an invaluable experience, and I am very grateful I had the opportunity to be a part of it.”
—Brittney Benton, 2021 Festival Composer

“… Connecticut Summerfest is run at a high level with meticulous attention to detail every step of the way from programming to logistics (both in person and online) to post-concert social events. They have their ear to the ground, and invite artists who share high level and thought-provoking work. Connecticut Summerfest is the real deal.”
—Michael Avitabile, Executive Director of Hub New Music, 2019 and 2021 Ensemble-in-Residence

Connecticut Summerfest 2022 COVID-19 Safety Protocols
Connecticut Summerfest 2022 is planned to take place in-person (but with a virtual contingency plan, should there be a pandemic resurgence). Festival attendees will be required to follow COVID-19 vaccine and safety guidelines as outlined by the University of Hartford, including being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the festival.

Accepted festival composers must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to attend Connecticut Summerfest 2022. This season, festival composers will be housed in single-occupancy rooms at no extra charge, and the majority of our dining will be held outdoors (with a tent in case of rain) or in a private area reserved especially for festival attendees.

Watch our 2022 Season Promo Video2021 Evening of Web Premieres, and
Interviews with Past Festival Composers and Ensembles!

We look forward to reviewing the work of many talented composer applicants this year! Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.


Aaron N. Price, Artistic Director
Gala Flagello, Festival Director
Connecticut Summerfest, Inc.


Deadline 7 January 2022


January 7


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