CONFERENCE – Bernstein: To Make Music More


This conference, presented by the Crested Butte Music Festival, will coincide with the Festival’s celebration of Leonard Bernstein‘s 100th birthday. Bernstein: To Make Music More encourages submissions from scholars, instrumentalists, and students that explore the intersection of Bernstein’s music, relationships, social activism, educational contributions, and legacy. Papers, lecture recitals, and performance proposals are welcome. The 2018 Bernstein Prize recipient, violinist Charles Yang, will perform Bernstein’s Serenade with the Crested Butte Festival Symphony Orchestra (tickets required) on the evening of Saturday, July 14. The Conference guest speaker is TBA.

In addition to participating in the Conference, attendees will be able to rejuvenate in Crested Butte’s stunning natural scenery and attend concerts presented by the Crested Butte Music Festival. Located on the Western Slope of the Colorado Rockies, Crested Butte sits at nearly 9000 ft. and is one of the most beautiful towns in Colorado. The host venue for the Conference will be the stunning new music facilities of Western State Colorado University.

The Crested Butte Music Festival is a nationally prominent summer-long festival located in Crested Butte, CO, that presents the world’s best performers in various genres including symphony, opera, chamber music, bluegrass, hot club, jazz, rock, and electronica. Additionally, CBMF a leader in education, providing an extensive array of educational offerings for a range of ages and talents.

Abstracts, synopses of papers, or performance proposals (250 words) should be submitted by no later than April 30, 2018. You can submit by filling out the form below.


Types of presentations for which submissions will be accepted:

  • Paper (20-25 minutes)
  • Lecture recital (25 or 50 minutes)
  • Performance (20 minutes or less of a single work)


  • Fee (Before April 1st, 2018): $199
  • Fee (After April 1st, 2018): $299
  • Fee (Student Registration): $99

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For more information, contact Erik Christian Peterson