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 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 releases 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.



The University of Chicago’s Center for Contemporary Composition (CCCC) is pleased to announce Dongryul Lee as the 2020-21 Postdoctoral Researcher at the rank of Instructor in the Division of the Humanities. Lee will develop new works to be premiered by the Grossman Ensemble and other guest artists during the upcoming season. He will also teach an undergraduate course, provide music lessons, and participate in the Center’s workshops and events. “Dr. Dongryul Lee’s works are alluring, sparkling, thoughtful, and carefully crafted. Each work has a unique concept, which he researches deeply and personalizes. Our committee found him to be an exceptionally inspiring talent and we are thrilled to welcome him into our collaborative and positive creative community,” said University Professor Augusta Read Thomas, Director of the CCCC.


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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

Graphic Designer
Claire Snarski

Marketing Coordinator
Daniel Meyers

Operations Assistant
Will Myers

2018-19 Annual Report

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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