The Composers Conference (CC) is seeking applicants for the position of Conductor of the Conference Ensemble at its yearly summer meeting at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. The Conductor will work to accomplish the CC’s mission as an inclusive, equitable, collaborative environment that promotes exploration and invention and offers a unique opportunity for emerging composers, professional musicians, amateur chamber players, and conservatory-level instrumentalists and singers to come together as colleagues, audience, teachers, and students in an atmosphere of fertile creativity and high-level music making. Our aim is to create an anti-racist musical utopia that cultivates, creates, and performs contemporary music with the highest artistic standards.
Female, trans, non-binary, queer, BIPOC, and those historically marginalized are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
The following list includes tasks expected of the Conductor of the Conference Ensemble
Conducts Composer Fellows’ pieces.
Meets with and mentors Composer Fellows on their compositions and any issues that might arise about their work.
Plans and programs Composer Fellows’ works for public concerts in consultation with AD.
Works closely with the Ensemble.
Works with CC musicians to decide on programming decisions.
Works with CC musicians and production team to make sure rehearsals are set up and running properly.
Conducts CPI participants as needed.
Conducts special events as needed.
Conducts works by Guest Composers as needed.
Position requires a two-week commitment each summer (typically in late July/early August), with additional availability earlier in the calendar year for conversations and consultation.
The contract is for a two-year period beginning in 2022, with the possibility for renewal. Salary/honorarium is $4000 per summer.
About Composers Conference
Headed by artistic director Mario Davidovsky from 1968 to 2019, the Composers Conference has played a pioneering role in the performance of new works by emerging composers. Founded in 1945 by Alan Carter at Middlebury College as the Composers’ Conference and Chamber Music Center, the Conference has served nearly eight hundred composers and many more amateur chamber musicians. It is the oldest and most respected program of its kind. Kurt Rohde became the Conference Artistic Director in 2019.