Beyond Music

Colgate University and Environs

The Colgate campus, set on a hill with broad vistas of the rural Chenango Valley in central New York, has frequently been recognized as one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States. Conference participants have access to its air-conditioned libraries and study areas; ample athletics facilities, including an Olympic-sized swimming pool with a retractable roof; tennis courts; a fitness center; miles of wooded paths for running or walking; a boathouse; an 18-hole championship golf course; computer facilities and wireless access throughout campus; an art gallery and an anthropology museum.

Hamilton, NY, the home of Colgate University, has been named by Forbes Magazine as one of the country's most friendly towns. Opportunities for shopping, dining, and outdoor recreation abound in Hamilton, while the surrounding area includes several state parks and the village of Cooperstown, with Glimmerglass Opera, the Baseball Hall of Fame, and museums. Cazenovia Lake, a 30-minute drive from campus, offers a sandy beach and public swimming. Information about Hamilton is available at the Colgate University and Hamilton Business Alliance web sites. Information about the surrounding areas is available at the Visit Central New York web site.

Campus and Facilities Overview

See this map of the Colgate Campus.

The facilities we will use most are:

All of these facilities are on or near the academic quad in the upper part of campus.


Housing on the Colgate campus will be in two modern, air-conditioned dorms.

Drake Hall, completed in 1995, is a six-story dormitory located near Frank Dining Hall. Each floor has bedrooms, bathrooms, and a common study room. The first floor has a kitchen, and the second and fourth floors have lounges. There is a laundry facility in the basement. Drake Hall housed attendees when the Conference held one week at Colgate in 2001.

Jane Pinchin Hall, completed in 2019, is a five-story dormitory near the academic quad. The upper three floors have bedrooms, bathrooms, and study rooms. The lower two floors have a lounge, classrooms, a kitchen, and laundry. We will use some of the common spaces in Pinchin Hall for coaching and playing.

The dorms have mostly double rooms and a few single rooms. However, all rooms will be single-occupancy, unless attendees request to share a room. Bathrooms are shared.

Bedrooms are furnished with extra-long twin beds, wardrobes or closets, desks, and desk chairs. Bedding, towels, soap, and shampoo are supplied.

There is no parking adjacent to the dorms. Attendees with mobility issues can park near Alumni Hall; all others will park in a long-term parking lot. The dorm entrances are accessible, and each dorm has an elevator.

Off-Campus Options

See this page for information about lodging off campus.


We will take meals in Frank Dining Hall, the main dining hall at the University; the dining service readily accommodates special diets. Attendees not on the meal plan will be able to purchase single meals on entry to the dining hall.

Getting to Colgate

See the Frequently Asked Questions page for detailed information about transportation to Colgate and other practical topics.


The Conference is known for its informal get-togethers held in the evenings after the day's activities are over. A welcoming party on the opening night of each week kicks off Conference festivities, and another party follows each of the faculty concerts, which occur Wednesdays and Saturdays. Impromptu gatherings happen every other night of the week.

Activities for Families

See the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about activities for families.

The Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East, Inc.
Tobias Werner, Music Director
Donald Crockett, Senior Composer-in-Residence
Susie Ikeda, Executive Director

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