Danbury Chamber Music Intensive (CMI)

Thank you to all of our Artistic Staff and participants for making CMI 2019 a wonderful week!

Stay tuned for exciting news about CMI 2020!

Welcome to CMI 2019!

Early Application Deadline: Friday, March 22nd

Final Application Deadline: Friday, April 26th

The Danbury Chamber Music Intensive is a week-long performance program open to those who have a driven passion for music and are committed to the pursuit of a high level of music performance. Throughout the week, participants will work extensively with Artist-faculty in a unique and inspiring artistic environment to develop their artistry and musicianship culminating in a performances on the Charles Ives Concert Series and on the CMI Participant Concert.

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019 Updates:

  • CMI is now open to all instruments: winds, brass, percussion, harp, piano, strings.
  • CMI Recitals: CMI participants may request to play a recital at the Marian Anderson Recital Hall at no cost. The DMC will present the recital through CMI. Participants will have the opportunity to request recitals upon acceptance to CMI this spring.
  • CMI 2019 will take place August 5-11, 2019. Auditions will be held at the DMC 4/27, 5/3 and 5/4.


Continuing in 2019, three performance opportunities for accepted participants:

Danbury Music Centre’s Summer String Fellowship: This summer, the Danbury Music Centre will again offer a summer fellowship for string players high-schooled aged or younger.  The program involves several performance opportunities as part of a prestigious performing ensemble.

CMI Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition: All string players, wind players, brass players, harpists and percussionists accepted into CMI as participants are eligible to audition for the competition.

CMI Piano Competition: All pianists accepted to CMI as participants are eligible to audition for the competition.

We are grateful to Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury and Maron Hotel and Suites for their generous sponsorships and to Associated Chamber Music Players Foundation and the Juilliard School for supporting CMI through a Community Music Grant and Project Grant, respectively.

General CMI Information:

-The Intensive begins Monday, August 5th and ends Sunday, August 11th. Daily activities take place at WCSU Visual Performing Arts Center and run from approximately 9 AM to 3:30 PM Monday through Saturday with performances on 8/7 in the evening and 8/11 in the afternoon at location to be determined.

-Each instrumental participant will perform in two different primary chamber music groups (i.e. one piano trio and one string quartet). Each group will rehearse every day and perform its work on the final participant concert. Additionally, each group will include at least one Artist-Faculty member who will lead all rehearsals throughout the week.

-CMI is divided into a youth division for participants 21 and under and an adult division for participants 18 and over. Upon admission, participants aged 18-21 can choose, in consultation with CMI Artist-Faculty, which division they will participate it in. Participants will only perform in their primary chamber groups with other participants in their division.

-Instrumental Participants will be invited to perform on the concurrent Charles Ives Concert Series alongside the Artist-Faculty in large chamber ensembles.

-Participants will attend daily master classes led by the Artist-Faculty. Participants will have the opportunity to perform solo or assigned group works and receive feedback and instruction.

-Each participant can expect to receive at least one private lesson from an Artist-Faculty member.

-Participants will have the option of forming a third “reading group,” which will involve reading repertoire with other participants. Participants may form their own groups and select their own repertoire. The goal of this portion of the program is to facilitate the formation of chamber music groups to continue performing after CMI.

-Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the concurrent Charles Ives Concert Series, performed by the CMI Artist-Faculty and Guest Artists, at Danbury community venues on specific nights concentrated during the week of CMI.

-Auditors are welcome (see below).

-Tuition for the participation in the Intensive is $535.00. Both need-based financial aid and merit-based full and partial scholarships are available.

Additional Information:

-Youth Division participants may opt to attend CMI as composers as their primary focus, but are also required to attend as an instrumentalist as their secondary focus.

-Youth Division participants will attend various interactive elective sessions, which will include subjects such as fiddling, improvisation, choir and a seminar discussing how to prepare for college and conservatory auditions.

-Adult Division participants will receive specialized master classes and elective sessions geared specifically toward their interests.

Composition Program Information:

-Participant composers collaborate throughout the week as instrumental participants prepare a work. The group, led by an Artist-Faculty member, performs the work on the participant concert at the end of the week.

-Participant composers also receive a reading of a second work by the CMI Artist-Faculty. The readings, led by 2019 Composer-in-Residence, Robert Paterson, Ives Series associate director, Jon Cziner, and CMI Artistic Director, Paul Frucht, are professionally recorded and distributed to participants shortly after CMI.

-Participant composers receive private lessons from Paterson, Cziner, and Frucht.

-Participants composers participate in daily seminars.

-Participant composers must also attend CMI as instrumental participants. Their second group will involve performing on their primary instrument.

Application Information, Dates & Deadlines

All applications must be received by Friday, April 26th

New CMI applicants -$20 for application fee if received by March 22, 2019, $30 application fee if after.

Returning 2018 CMI participants – $15 if received by March 22, 2019, $30 application fee if after.

2019 auditions will take place April 27th, May 3rd, and May 4th.

2019 CMI Weekend Workshop participants – no separate application fee or audition is necessary, but we do ask that you submit a separate application.

Tuition – $535 (need-based and merit-based full/partial scholarship opportunities are available)

Auditing Fee: $275; e-mail CMI@danburymusiccentre.org with your request to audit.

Optional: Applicants may submit a recommendation letter from a private teacher, band director, orchestra director, or other music professional. This may arrive under separate cover directly from the recommender. If by e-mail, recommendations should be sent to CMI@danburymusiccentre.org

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*Upon receipt of your application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with your audition date and time*

*All applicants will be notified of their admissions decision on or before Tuesday, May 7th*

Instrumental Audition Requirements:

  • Any two contrasting solo works. Please keep in mind we cannot provide a piano accompanist. If you wish to perform a piece that requires piano accompaniment, you must provide your own accompanist. A piano will be available.
  • All Major scales and arpeggios.
  • Sight-reading, please note: Percussionists should prepare only works written for marimba. It is encouraged that one of these works demonstrate four mallet marimba technique. We will provide a five-octave Yamaha marimba at the audition. Please do NOT prepare solo snare drum or other non-mallet percussion.

Composition Audition Requirements:

Scores and recordings (MIDI is acceptable) of 1-3 works composed since January 1st, 2015. It is strongly recommended at least one of these be a chamber work that could be performed at CMI.

  • Complete works list of all compositions including names of pieces, instrumentation, dates of completion, and any details of performances.
  • Live instrumental audition if opting to apply as an instrumentalist as well

***Scores and recordings should be sent to CMI@danburymusiccentre.org with all scores in PDF format and recordings in MP3 format.

For Auditors:

  • Auditors will be admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Simply e-mail the DMC at CMI@danburymusiccentre.org with your request. No application or audition is necessary.
  • Auditors will be permitted to attend any four chamber music rehearsals throughout the week, all master classes, studio classes, and elective sessions.
  • Auditors will potentially be invited to participate in large group performances.
  • The fee for auditing the Intensive is $275.00
  • Private lessons with CMI Artist-faculty are available at an additional fee.

Accepted Applicants may pay tuition online below: