Support Connecticut Summerfest 2020
Our Ambitious Fifth Anniversary Season!
On June 10, 2016, Connecticut Summerfest presented its first-ever concert to the Greater Hartford community. Since then, our organization has grown from a local new music series to a hub of high-caliber contemporary collaboration, attracting composers and chamber ensembles from all over the world. We are so proud to be celebrating our 5th anniversary!
In celebration of our 5th anniversary, our goal is to raise $5,555 in support of this year’s concert series and festival composers! Our 2020 ensemble-in-residence is the renowned International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). Hailed by The New Yorker as “the new gold standard for new-music” and by The New York Times as “extraordinary,” ICE is an artist collective that is transforming the way music is created and experienced. We can’t wait for our festival composition students to have the opportunity to work with this ensemble as they rehearse, fine-tune, and premiere brand new music this June. We are also excited for our audiences to hear ICE live in-concert—for free! The ensemble’s concert programs are sure to delight and amaze.
Part of Connecticut Summerfest’s mission is to provide educational and career advancement opportunities to emerging composers, and, to that end, we will engage four brilliant composition faculty members this season: Phyllis Chen (ICE pianist and composer), Nathan Davis (Montclair State University Professor of Music Technology and ICE percussionist), Gilda Lyons (The Hartt School Professor of Composition and vocalist), and Matt Sargent (Bard College Professor of Composition and music technologist). This faculty will bring their unique styles, experiences, and perspectives to lessons and lectures with our festival composition students, helping them hone their craft, experiment, and proceed confidently to the next steps in their compositional careers.
Our 5th season is our biggest and bravest yet. Engaging many innovative artists and providing large-scale collaborative opportunities such as these also means that our 2020 season budget is our biggest yet. By January 1, 2020, we must raise $5,555 to present a truly extraordinary free concert series, host four world-class composers on faculty, and award scholarships to our nine 2020 festival composition students. Your donation is critical in helping our festival grow and thrive, now and through the next five years! Your contributions helps us fund:
$20 – Concert Reception Artist Meet & Greet Materials
$50 – Annual Nonprofit Filing Fee, Connecticut Secretary of State
$100 – Travel Stipend for Composition Faculty
$250 – Scholarship for a Festival Composition Student (Connecticut Summerfest is proud to offer the Gender Diversity Scholarship, Composers of Color Scholarship, and Long Distance Travel Scholarship!)
$500 – Composition Program Application Adjudication
$750 – Video Editing of Concert Series Videos for the Connecticut Summerfest YouTube Channel
$1,000 – Printing and Copying Services, Including Concert Series Posters, Concert Series Program Booklets, and Banners
$2,000 – Recording Engineer and Technical Coordinator for Concert Series
$4,000 – Composition Faculty Residencies: Phyllis Chen, Nathan Davis, Gilda Lyons, and Matt Sargent
Additionally, your contribution goes even further this year thanks to Connecticut Summerfest’s generous corporate sponsor. Our sponsor will provide a 25% matching grant up to a total of $10,000 raised for our 2020 season!