The University of Chicago's home for the creation, performance, and study of contemporary classical music

The Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition at the University of Chicago is a dynamic, collaborative, and interdisciplinary environment for the creation, performance and study of new music and for the advancement of the careers of emerging and established composers, performers, and scholars.

Distinguished by its formation within an uncompromising, relentlessly searching, and ceaselessly innovative scholarly environment that celebrates excellence and presents new possibilities for intellectual dialogue, the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition is comprised of ten integrated entities: an annual concert series with the resident Grossman Ensemble, CHIME, visiting ensembles, distinguished guest composers, performances, recordings, research, graduate student-led projects, workshops, and postdoctoral research positions.  


The Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition has made the difficult, but necessary decision to postpone our April and May performances in cooperation with community-wide efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Concerts include:
Saturday, April 11, 2020 – New Chamber Concerti (rescheduled for Autumn 2020)
Friday, May 1, 2020 – Plena Libre World Premieres (rescheduled for January 2021)

The Grossman Ensemble concert on Friday, June 5, is stillscheduled, but the program has changed. The original program with worldpremieres by Zosha Di Castri, Jay Alan Yim, Du Yun, and David Serkin Ludwig, conducted by Oliver Hagen, has been rescheduled to a future concert season. The June 5 program will be replaced by the program intended for the March 13 performance – world premieres by Paula Matthusen, Stephen A. Taylor, David Clay Mettens, and Ashkan Behzadi, conducted by Jerry Hou, which was postponed.

2020-21 Postdoctoral Research Program

The Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition in the Department of Music within the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago invites applications for CCCC Postdoctoral Researcher, a one-year, non-renewable appointment in Music Composition, expected to begin in Autumn 2020. This singular opportunity will allow a composer in the early stages of his or her career to gain unprecedented exposure and intellectual engagement in the dynamic setting of the University of Chicago's prestigious music composition program. View the application information.



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Founder and Director

Augusta Read Thomas

Advisory Board

Seth Brodsky
Anthony Cheung
Jennifer Iverson
Amy Iwano
Travis Jackson
Sam Pluta
Barbara Schubert

Operations Coordinator

Maria Savannah

Director of Communications
Margo Strebig

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Claire Snarski

Marketing Coordinator
Daniel Meyers

Operattions Assistant
Will Myers

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The Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition is supported in part by generous gifts from Kay Bucksbaum, Gay Stanek, and the Sanford J. Grossman Charitable Trust. 

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