For each year’s Festival, one performing group is selected to be the Ensemble-in-Residence. The selected group performs a Feature Concert concluding the Festival including the premiere of a piece written for them by that year’s Composer-in-Residence, works selected from the International Score Call, and additional pieces of the ensemble’s choosing. The Ensemble-in-Residence also participates in an open rehearsal/reading of works by emerging composers during the Festival.
WCFH selects professional artists who inspire the next generation with their example of creativity, collaboration, and community.
The Ensemble-in-Residence typically receives a stipend between $2,000 and $3,000. When made possible by grant funding, this stipend may be increased. Travel costs are not covered; however, WCFH provides housing with local hosts when feasible.
Performers who would like to be considered for our Featured Performer for a future Festival can fill out our Ensemble-in-Residence Application. Applications are accepted year-round but must be received by January 1st to be considered for the following three years. Ensembles who are not selected are eligible to re-apply after the third year. Applications are reviewed by a panel, typically comprising two composers and one performer.
Chartreuse Trio, 2023
Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, 2022
Craft Ensemble, 2020-21
Nouveau Classical Project, 2019
Cuatro Puntos Quartet, 2018
Nautilus Brass Quintet, 2016