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.

Composition Seminar

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 composition technique in the works being presented. The seminar will be led by composer-in-residence Jason Eckardt and Luca Cori, Interim Program Director.

Lecture Series

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.

Composition Lessons

Faculty members Luca Cori, Marcela Pavia, and Jason Eckardt 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.


Each composition participant 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 our ensemble-in-residence. 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 our ensemble in residence. 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?

Submit an application! Please submit Dropbox or Google Drive links to a PDF of one work (any instrumentation)  and a MIDI/mp3 recording for evaluation. Accepted composer applicants will be notified of the details on their commission by January 31, 2017. An electro-acoustic element can be arranged for most commissions, if desired. The deadline will be discussed with each composer individually, but is typically due in early May.

More questions?

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