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

The Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition is a dynamic, collaborative, and interdisciplinary environment at the University of Chicago. The CCCC offers new possibilities for intellectual dialogue, and helps advance the careers of emerging and established artists. The CCCC presents an annual concert series featuring performances of world premiere works by commissioned guest composers and the Center’s Postdoctoral Researcher in Composition, highlighted by the Center’s resident Grossman Ensemble—a supergroup of Chicago-based contemporary music specialists performing new works by leading and emerging composers.



The CCCC’s resident Grossman Ensemble is a supergroup of 13 contemporary music specialists,exclusively performing new works from leading and emerging composers. The ensemble engages in a unique, creative workshopping process focusing on interaction between composers, musicians, and conductors for three months leading up to the performance.

On Friday, August 21, 2020, the Grossman Ensemble released its debut album, Fountain of Time, on its own imprint,CCCC Records. To date, the CCCC has commissioned 36 composers for the Grossman Ensemble, and Fountain of Time features five premiere performances from the ensemble’s first two seasons, including Shulamit Ran’s Grand Rounds, Anthony Cheung’s Double Allegories, David Dzubay’s PHO, Tonia Ko’s Simple Fuel, and David Clay Mettens’ stain, bloom, moon, rain. Read more.





1010 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637



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

Graphic Designer
Claire Snarski

Operations Assistant
Will Myers

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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