Multiple concerts and events featuring music written by VCFA students and performed by world-class musicians fill the week. All events are open—and free of charge—to the public. 


VCFA hosts four different ensembles this summer, premiering pieces written by our MFA in Music Composition students that reflect a widely versatile cross-section of approaches to new music. The ensembles are:

  • String Trio, featuring Jennifer Choi, violin; Jessica Meyer, viola; Andrew Yee, cello.
  • Anna’s Ghost quartet featuring Brian Adler, percussion; Jim Whitney, bass; Red Wierenga, piano/accordian; and Kamala Sankaram, soprano.
  • Brooklyn Brass Quintet featuring Mike Gurfield and Matt Mead, trumpets; Matt Marks, French horn; William Lang, trombone; John Altieri, tuba.
  • Transient Canvas duo featuring Amy Advocat, clarinets, and Matt Sharrock, marimba.

All concerts are in the College Hall Chapel and will be live streamed.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 2, 8 p.m.: Anna’s Ghost and Brooklyn Brass
  • Thursday, Aug. 3, 8 p.m.: Anna’s Ghost and Brooklyn Brass
  • Friday, Aug. 4, 8 p.m.: Brooklyn Brass and String Trio
  • Saturday, Aug. 5, 3 p.m.: String Trio
  • Sunday, Aug. 6, 2 p.m.: Transient Canvas

Film Music Festival

Monday, July 31, 8 p.m., Noble Lounge 

In film, music is often the secret partner in story-telling, embodying the internal states of the characters in the narrative. This event will feature a variety of approaches to the marriage of music to picture, as offered by VCFA faculty and students—from ethnic and folkloric forms, to non-tonal chamber textures, to jazz-influenced underscore. A short discussion with the composers will precede the screening of each excerpt. 

Electronic Music Showcase

Tuesday, August 1, 8 p.m.: VCFA Gallery, College Hall 

An evening of electronic sound and multimedia; VCFA students and faculty perform new work for instruments with live electronic sound and video. Adjacent Café Anna will be open during this event. This event will be live streamed.

Songwriting Showcase

Saturday, Aug. 5, 8 p.m., College Hall Gallery

Saturday evening, we’ll host the Songwriting Showcase, highlighting the diverse songwriting and performing talents of the students and faculty of VCFA’s MFA in Music Composition. Adjacent Café Anna will be open during this event. This event will be live streamed.