Connecticut Summerfest is proud to announce that applications are available for our 2023 Composition Program! Our application fee is pay-what-you-wish and scholarships are available to accepted composers. Apply by January 7th, 2023 at


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 amplify voices of composers from historically underrepresented groups, specifically gender diverse composers and composers of color, through our Composition Program and concert programming. Our 2023 festival will take place at The Hartt School in West Hartford, CT from June 8th to 14th, 2023.


➤ 2023 Composition Faculty:
Takuma Itoh (University of Hawaii at Manoa)
Jessica Meyer (Composer, Violist, Educator)
Ken Steen (The Hartt School)
Joel Thompson (Houston Grand Opera Composer-in-Residence)

➤ 2023 Ensembles-in-Residence:
Hub New Music (flute, clarinet, violin, cello)
Sugar Hill Salon (flute, clarinet, bassoon)
arx duo (percussion duo)

➤ Festival Composer Benefits:
—Live premiere of newly composed work by one of three professional ensembles-in-residence
—High-quality video of newly composed work
—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

➤ Apply by January 7th, 2023 at For complete application guidelines, visit

guidelines to apply

Submit Two Representative Works
Applicants to Connecticut Summerfest’s Composition Program will be asked to submit 2 representative scores (including graphic, aleatoric, and/or written performance instructions) and audio recordings, which are to be no longer than 15 minutes in combined duration. Single movements or excerpted scores and recordings may be submitted. Both acoustic and electronic/electroacoustic submissions will be accepted for adjudication.

Anonymous Application
Submitted scores and recordings must not include the composer’s name, geographic location, or any information about commissioning parties. Submitted scores and recordings must not only omit this information in text on the score, it also must be omitted from file names and metadata. Failure to omit this information will lead to disqualification of application. Only mp3 audio files may be submitted, and video files will not be accepted.

​Age Requirement
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before June 8, 2023.​ There is no upper age limit for composer applicants.

Selected Festival Composers’ New Works
​Composers invited to the festival will compose a new work of up to 7 minutes in duration and will work closely with their ensemble-in-residence during the compositional and rehearsal process. Invited composers may choose to write either an acoustic or electroacoustic work, as the festival will have access to a stereo sound system. Any additional equipment, software, or personnel the piece would need must be provided by the composer.

Selected Festival Composer Seminar Presentations
Invited composers will be asked to give a 20-minute presentation of their music and/or artistic interests at one of the composition seminars during Connecticut Summerfest 2023.