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Small Ensemble Music Community

Chamber Music America develops and supports an evolving chamber music field through grant programs, professional development services, publications, networking events, an annual conference, and more.

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Members of CMA Grantee Ensemble, Edward Simon & Afinidad Perform at CMA Concert, National Sawdust 2017 / photo: CMA

What We Offer

CMA’s programs serve ensembles, concert presenters, composers, chamber music advocates, and industry professionals working in a wide range of musical traditions, including jazz, classical, contemporary, and non-Western styles.

National Conference

A four-day, multifaceted symposium of music and dialogue, held February 13–16, 2025, in Houston, Texas.
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Grants & Awards

Funding opportunities for small ensembles and concert presenters.
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Chamber Music Magazine

An essential resource for musicians, presenters, composers, artists managers, educators, and other chamber music enthusiasts.
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Become a Member

A CMA membership connects you to thousands of other small ensemble music professionals. Benefits include exclusive funding opportunities, full access to Chamber Music Magazine, discounted conference registration, and more.

Member Spotlight

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Ensemble Member since 2022

The recent compositions of Stratøs (a name that encompasses the artistic endeavors of Eddie Codrington) have netted him the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award for three consecutive years (2019-21), as well as a National Sawdust New Works commission in 2020.

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News & Resources

Articles, Press Releases, How-To Content, and More
In the News
Announcement | April 4, 2024
CMA Announces a Historic Move to Houston for its 2025 National Conference
Scheduled for February 13–16, in Houston, Texas, The Shepherd School of Music serves as an official sponsoring partner.
Blog | May 22, 2024
Meet the Grantees: Caili O’Doherty
The pianist, composer, and CMA grant recipient shares thoughts on her work, motherhood, and more.
Upcoming Deadlines


2025 National Conference Session Proposals

In preparation for its 2025 Conference held February 13-16 in Houston, Texas, CMA invites its constituents to propose panel discussions/sessions. Proposals will be accepted June 17 through July 16.


2025 Conference Showcase Applications

Beginning June 17, CMA Member ensembles are welcome to apply for a 20-minute showcase, held onstage during the 2025 National Conference in Houston, Texas. Conference showcases are intended for ensembles to perform for a national audience of presenters, managers, composers, and colleagues. Application deadline: July 16.