The composition program at soundSCAPE seeks to offer significant artistic and professional learning opportunities for young composers, through participation in intensive composition seminars, lectures, rehearsals, and premieres of their own works.
Central to the program is the daily composition seminar, a forum for all composition participants to present their work for general discussion and technical scrutiny. The purpose of the seminar is to elucidate the connection between artistic expression and compositional technique in the works being presented. The seminar will be led by faculty member Carlos Sánchez-Gutiérrez, and by program director Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon.
Each member of the composition faculty will offer a presentation about his/her own work. In addition, the faculty will offer analytical presentations about works selected from the festival’s performance repertoire, as well as other significant works from the past 50 years.
Faculty members Luca Cori, Marcela Pavia, Daniel Pesca and Chris Paul Harman will offer individual lessons to interested participants. Each participant can sign up for a maximum of two individual meetings in the course of the festival.
Your Music Performed
Each participant in the composition program will be commissioned to compose a work for premiere at the festival. soundSCAPE offers a wealth of performance resources, ranging from small chamber formations to a full sinfonietta ensemble, and including resident ensemble Eastman BroadBand. Commission assignments are determined by the program director, upon consideration of the previous experience of each participant composer. Performances are meticulously prepared under the supervision of performance faculty, or of a member of the Eastman BroadBand. Participant composers are expected to attend all rehearsals of their work, and strongly encouraged to attend the rehearsals of works of their peers, and of other repertory being presented at the festival. Each participant will receive a recording and video of the performance of their work.
How do I apply?
In addition to filling out the online application, composers must submit one work of any instrumentation for evaluation, accompanied by a MIDI/mp3 recording. Accepted composer applicants will be notified of the details on their commission by January 31, 2019. An electro-acoustic element can be arranged for most commissions, if desired. The deadline for receipt of the finished score will be announce for early in the month of May.
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