What do conductors gain from attending soundSCAPE?
The conducting institute is headed by Tim Weiss, director of the Contemporary Music Ensemble at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Participants in the institute will be assigned up to three commissioned pieces, for which they will conduct the world premiere at the festival in July. Conductors will be mentored by professor Weiss in the preparation of participant ensembles for rehearsals and performance. The commissioned pieces will be for small ensemble (3-6 players) and feature a variety of instrumentation. Depending on repertoire and availability, some conductors may be given the opportunity to conduct a faculty ensemble performance.

How can soundSCAPE further my career aspirations?
More than just another festival, soundSCAPE is a place where musicians are encouraged to experiment, grow, and exceed what they thought possible. Participants forge relationships that have laid the groundwork for careers, and that continue to inform their work as new music professionals. Life at the festival is experienced as a community; participants and faculty live, eat, and work together.

Who attends the festival?
Participants are selected from around the world. The new music community is close-knit, and you’re likely to find soundSCAPE alumni at centers of contemporary music making from Hong Kong to Australia, to Brazil and beyond. The composition and performance programs are highly selective, and you’ll have the opportunity to engage with musicians from both.

What other opportunities will I have to be involved?
We present workshops in improvisation, contemporary performance techniques, and career development. Conductors are invited to attend rehearsals of faculty ensembles and the Eastman BroadBand. All lectures and colloquia are open to participants as well.

What kinds of performance opportunites exist at the festival?
The soundSCAPE calendar is a busy one… In a typical season we present the premieres of over 40 works. Most performances will be given at the City Auditorium of Maccagno; an intimate and modern concert hall with seating for 170. Regional performances highlighting music composed for the festival may also be presented in northern Italy. All performances are professionally recorded, and made available on the festival’s YouTube channel, and via other media platforms.

How do I apply?
Conductors should fill out the online application form, including a listing of repertoire they have conducted. Applicants are also requested to submit video of two conducted performances; the pieces should be of contrasting styles, and one must feature a modern to contemporary work. Links to online video recordings are preferred (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.).

More questions?
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