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. 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.


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.

Campus and Facilities Overview

See this map of the Colgate Campus.

The facilities we will use most are:

Except for the apartments, all of the above facilities are on or near the academic quad in the upper part of campus and are at very similar elevation. The University Court Apartments are in the lower part of campus, about six-tenths of a mile from the academic quad and about 120 feet lower.


Housing on the Colgate campus will be in dorms and apartments.

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

In the dorms and in the apartments, bedrooms are furnished with extra-long twin beds, wardrobes or closets, desks, and desk chairs, and soap and shampoo are supplied.


Burke and Pinchin dormitories, completed and opened in spring 2019, will accommodate most of our attendees. The dorms are very near the academic quad; the walks to various buildings we will use on the quad are 400-800 feet or 1.5-5 minutes.

In the dorms, each of the three upper floors has 17 bedrooms, a men’s bathroom and a women’s bathroom with multiple sinks and stalls, and a single-stall wheelchair-accessible bathroom. The lower floors of each dorm have spacious lounges, other common spaces, a kitchen, and laundry, with doors from the main lounge leading to an outdoor terrace. The dorms are air-conditioned, and each bedroom has its own thermostat and an operable window.

There is no parking adjacent to the dorms. Attendees with mobility issues can park near Alumni Hall, about 400 feet or 1.5 minutes away; all others will park in a long-term parking lot near Dana. The dorm entrances are accessible, and each dorm has an elevator.


Supplementing the dorms will be apartments, across Broad Street from the lower end of campus, about 3250 feet from the academic quad, an 11-19 minute walk. We expect to use primarily the University Court Apartments.

The apartments have suite-style configurations and will be suitable especially for families and those preferring more privacy. Most apartments have two bedrooms and a shared bathroom; an apartment will be occupied by two, three, or four people, depending on whether the bedrooms are single-occupancy or double-occupancy. A few apartments have three bedrooms. Each apartment has living and dining areas, and a kitchen. The common areas are furnished with couches, chairs, dining tables, and dining chairs. The kitchens include a sink, a refrigerator, and a range. The Conference will provide basic tableware and a fan for each apartment. Each apartment complex has laundry facilities. The apartments are not air-conditioned.

There is ample parking immediately adjacent to the apartments. Residents of the apartments will be able to drive to the upper campus and park near Alumni Hall. Some first-floor apartments have entrances that can be reached from the parking areas without steps; other apartments require steps.

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.

Getting to Colgate

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

Activities for Families

Many families attend the Conference with children of all ages, from newborns through adults. Parents have traditionally worked cooperatively to organize activities for children, including games and trips off-campus . Musical opportunities exist as well, including children's concerts, usually held in Week 4.

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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