The Center for Contemporary Music Hosts Music Festival to Celebrate Its 51st Anniversary

Oakland, CA—August 24, 2017

The acclaimed Center for Contemporary Music (CCM) at Mills College is planning to celebrate its 51st anniversary with a three-day music festival next month that will feature a series of three concerts and a symposium.

The concerts on September 22 and 23 will feature compositions and performances by stellar CCM graduates and faculty chosen from each decade of CCM’s existence. On Saturday afternoon, September 23, a symposium entitled “Mills Women in Electronic Music” will be hosted by Professor David Bernstein and will feature Mills’ alumnae as panelists. The final concert on Sunday afternoon, September 24, will feature current CCM faculty performing recent work.

Since its inception in 1966, the CCM has been at the forefront of developments emphasizing experimental methods in contemporary music and electronic media. Its first director, legendary composer Pauline Oliveros, was followed over the years by directors Robert Ashley, who also co-directed with David Behrman in the late 1970s, and David Rosenboom. Maggi Payne and Chris Brown have been co-directors for the last 25 years. Over that time, the organization has established an illustrious international reputation as a leading center for innovation in music. 

Event Details:
Location: Littlefield Concert Hall
Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Free parking is available on campus. 

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors and non-Mills students, and may be purchased at the door, or online at:

Concert #1:
Concert #2:
Concert #3:

CCM 51st Anniversary Concerts and Symposium:

Friday, September 22, at 8:00 pm
Barbara Golden
Guillermo Galindo
Amy X Neuburg
Zachary Watkins
Marielle Jakobsons
Matt Ingalls
Cheryl Leonard
Larry Polansky

Saturday, September 23, at 2:00 pm
Symposium: Mills Women in Electronic Music

Saturday, September 23, at 8:00 pm
Blue Gene Tyranny
Tara Rodgers
Christopher Davidson
Gino Robair
Krys Bobrowski
Mic Gendreau
Ashley Bellouin
Kristin Miltner

Sunday, September 24, at 4:00 pm
John Bischoff
Chris Brown
James Fei
Maggi Payne
Les Stuck

About Mills College
Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a nationally renowned independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. Ranked one of the top-tier regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills is also recognized as one of The Best 382 Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. Since 1852, we’ve been empowering students to become creative, independent thinkers who take and inspire action. For more information, visit