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 Philippe Manoury Festival Musica
Summary:Composition Academy
Deadline: 28 February 2018
Date Posted: 11 January 2018
Details: The aim of the composition academy is to foster emerging composers by providing them with an opportunity to enrich their creativity and talent with the knowledge and dedication of a team of expert tutors. This year composition projects will focus on two different genres: vocal writing for six voices a cappella, and solo writing with live electronics. The composition tutors will be Philippe Manoury and Luca Francesconi. Computer music will be taught and supervised by Tom Mays, tutor at the Strasbourg Academie Superieure de Musique. The pieces will be performed by the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, a voice ensemble that has received worldwide acclaim for its performances of contemporary repertoire, as well as by soloists from Strasbourg Academie Superieure de Musique. The Academy is open to composers born after 01 January 1983. The course runs from 24 September to 06 October 2018 and will comprise a read-through of the scores and work with the performers (Sep 24 – 26), individual sessions with composition tutors, re-writing, masterclasses and conferences (Sep 27 – Oct 03), and rehearsals/final concerts (Oct 04 – 06). All composers’ works will be performed in concert and recorded live. A winner will be designated and will receive a commission from the Music festival, which will be published by Durand-Salabert-Eschig.

Fee: Course fee of €500 plus travel, accommodation and meals

Contact: To apply, please visit

 Britten Sinfonia Academy Composer Hub
Summary:Academy for Young Composers
Deadline: 05 February 2018
Date Posted: 11 January 2018
Details: Applications are now open for Britten Sinfonia Academy Composer Hub 2018-19. The deadline for applications is Monday 5 February 2018.

The Composer Hub is a new scheme which aims to support talented young composers aged 11-18 from the East of England. We strive to develop their creative, technical and stylistic skills through a programme of tailored compositional briefs, mentoring from renowned professionals, rehearsals, recordings and public performance opportunities. Each year the Hub is led by a different professional composer, who mentors the students and attends one day of each of the orchestral projects.

The scheme launched in 2017 with four students who were mentored by composer Tom Coult. They attend 1-2 days of each project, roughly 8 days in total across the year, and we aim to fully integrate the composers with the main orchestra. Each project has a compositional brief, which this year has included writing a piece for chamber ensemble to be inspired by and performed at The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, producing new orchestral arrangements of famous keyboard works, working with electronics in a live composition collaboration with music technology students from Anglia Ruskin University, and writing a piece for the full orchestra to be performed and professionally recorded by a sound engineer.

Who can apply?
We welcome applicants who are:
– Secondary school aged
– live in the east of England
– Open-minded, versatile and keen to challenge themselves
– Willing to travel to projects across the east of England including Cambridge, Norwich, Saffron Walden and London

How to apply
To apply you must submit:
• A completed online application form available online here
• A completed teacher’s statement available online here

In order to fully complete your application your composition teacher must submit a short paragraph for you. Your application is only complete once both of these forms have been received before the deadline on Monday 5 February 2018.

Should you require a pdf version of the application form, please email and we would be happy to supply accordingly.

Audition Information
Successful applicants will be invited to an informal half-hour interview in March, with a panel of professional composers and a member of Britten Sinfonia. They will be asked to bring two contrasting examples of their work and accompanying programme notes to discuss with the panel.

 Composition Academy in Kalv 2018
Summary:Composition Course
Deadline: 01 March 2018
Date Posted: 11 January 2018
Details: DEADLINE for Application: 20th of February 2018
ANNOUNCEMENT of participants: 1st of March 2018

6-8 composers (of any age, nationality, occupation and aesthetics. However, precedence will be taken to emerging composers and not established composers) are invited to spend a week in Kalv working, lecturing and presenting their work under the supervision and assistance of composers Pierluigi Billone (Italy) and Per Mårtensson (Sweden) and the chamber ensemble Norrbotten NEO (Sweden).

Each participant is invited to write a new work (or present an existing one) for a setting of 1-7 instruments (exact instrumentation will be distributed by the organizers in conversation with the participants) and of a duration of 5-8 minutes. The new works will then be performed during the KALV Festival 2018 by Norrbotten NEO. All works will be recorded.

During the Academy each participant will receive private tutoring of the invited teachers. The students will also be asked to present their music at seminars as well as attend open lectures by the invited teachers, Pierluigi Billone and Per Mårtensson. During the rehearsals students, teachers and ensembles will work together in a work-shop-like context.

Application is done exclusively online. Candidates should send 2-3 compositions (preferably both score + audio in mp3 format) together with a brief bio. It is encouraged, but not mandatory, to describe (briefly) a personal stance to his/her conception of being (working as) a composer.
Applications should be sent to – submissions via DropBox, WeTransfer, or other file-sharing service will also be accepted.

All participants will be housed in Kalv (shared accommodation). Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included for the whole duration as well as tickets for the festival. Travel to and from Kalv from Gothenburg is covered by the Academy, however travel to and from Sweden has to be covered by the participants.

There is no tuition fee, however the cost for accommodation (full pension) is 3500 (ca 380 euro, depending on the conversion rate).
For non-European participants (if selected) it will be possible to apply for a travel grant from the KALV festival of a maximum of 2500 SEK (ca 265 EURO).



 Byrdcliffe Residencies
Summary:Residency Programme
Deadline: 15 February 2018
Date Posted: 11 January 2018
Details: Since its founding in 1902, Byrdcliffe has welcomed artists—Bob Dylan, Philip Guston, Eva Hesse, and hundreds more—to and live and work surrounded by 250 acres of the Catskill Mountains’ serene natural beauty. Byrdcliffe offers several types of residency ranging from four weeks to five months for artists in multiple disciplines. The main criterion for acceptance to Byrdcliffe’s AIR program is artistic excellence and a demonstrated commitment to one’s field of endeavor. Byrdcliffe seeks to pull together artists from varying perspectives and demographics, engaging in a broad range of artistic practices. Visual artists and craftspeople in all media, writers, musicians, composers, architects, filmmakers, actors, and artists in other disciplines are invited to apply. Emerging as well as established artists are invited to apply.

Fellowships are available for artists in need, including a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation for artists displaced or otherwise affected by natural disaster.

Byrdcliffe is also offering the following fellowships with the support of our granting partners for the 2018 AiR season:
-The annual Mantooth/Morabito Fellowship for an artist of color.
-The annual Monica Coleman/Kate Pierson Fellowship for a self-identified woman artist.

To be eligible for these fellowships, simply check the appropriate boxes in the Fellowship section of the application.

Summary:Young Composers' Workshop
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 04 January 2018
Details: In Composer Conductor's INK STILL WET workshop, young composers work together with the Composer in Residence and the Tonkünstler Orchestra.

Grafenegg tinkers with the sounds of our time . In composer-conductor workshop INK STILL WET, Composer in Residence Ryan Wigglesworth works on the scores with young composers and performs them together with the Tonkunstler Orchestra under the direction of the workshop participants.

Wigglesworth knows that conducting forms your own musical language. His compositions emerge from deep processes in which he first interrogates himself. "I think it does not make sense to think of the audience at the first note," he says. "You have to forget that you write for an audience to find out what you want to say. Otherwise, everything becomes a manipulation. But in the end it's about the purity of the idea, and that usually reaches its audience. "A philosophy he will debate with the workshop participants.

The young composers can apply for a score in Grafenegg and are selected in a selection process. INK STILL WET is about questions of when a work is finished, what technical rules have to be followed, how to pour the hitherto unheard-of sound - and, above all, how to perform works that are just going to be performed. " in fresh ink »were noted and revised. For this practical implementation, the musicians of the Tonkünstler Orchestra work closely together with the Composer in Residence and the INK STILL WET participants.

INK STILL WET is as much a compositional workshop as a sound laboratory in which the foundations of music are measured in our present day. The results are finally heard in a large final concert in the auditorium. Admission to the concert is free.


"INK STILL WET" Composer Conductor Workshop with Ryan Wigglesworth at Grafenegg Festival 2018
17th - 21st August 2018


Please complete the application form and send it to usw[at] together with your letter of motivation, your artistic CV and the full score of the work you have composed and submitted for the workshop.


 Fontainebleau Schools
Summary:Summer School
Deadline: 16 February 2018
Date Posted: 04 January 2018
Details: Summer Session 2018
The music program is for advanced students ages 18-31, but particularly those currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate music school programs. The program includes performing opportunities including recitals and concerts. A special collaboration with the Fine Arts students, performed at the end of the summer session, celebrates the unique combination of the two schools.

To learn more about the history of the Conservatoire Américain, visit the About page.

Dates and Basic Information
• The summer session runs July 6 - Aug 5, 2018. Students arrive in Paris on Friday, July 6 and have 2 days in Paris before arriving in Fontainebleau on Sunday, July 8. Students will depart from Fontainebleau on Sunday, August 5.
• Enrollment is limited to 32.
• Courses are taught in English.
• Cost for the session is $3500: $3300 for tuition, room and weekday meals, plus a $200 confirmation fee (all students upon acceptance will be required to pay this non-refundable confirmation fee to hold their place in the program). Generous financial aid based on merit is available for qualified students.

Highlights of the Session Include
• Master classes and individual lessons in violin, viola, cello, composition and piano
• Chamber music coaching and master classes
• Student and faculty concerts
• Guest lectures and concerts
• Courses in fugue, improvisation and keyboard harmony
• Cultural visits and lectures
• Live and work along side architects from the Beaux Arts school

Accommodation and Meals
You will be lodged within walking distance from the Chateau, either in a dormitory or with a local family. Monday through Friday, breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided — other meals are on your own. For more details about accommodations, travel to Fontainebleau, and more see Info for Students.

For more information on the Music Program:

Summary:Choral Music Composing Course
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 04 January 2018
Details: For Composers and Conductors of Choral Music

June 22 - 29 2018

• 8-Day intensive workshop for emerging composers and conductors
• Faculty of world-class composers and conductors with an unparalleled high teacher/pupil ratio
• Composers: Work with highly-skilled and academically-fluent professional singers on compositions
• Conductors: Work with exceptionally flexible, genre-agnostic avocational singers accustomed to the unexpected
• Masterclasses from experts in both practical and inspirational topics
• Generous lab choir and podium time
• Individualized attention from clinicians, singers & peers
• Public concert of premieres and podium time for composers and conductors
• Open to applicants from a diverse range of music backgrounds and study/career stages
• Video & audio recordings from workshop sessions & performance


Our Difference
Now in its eighth year, The Choral Chameleon Institute is designed to immerse emerging composers and conductors of choral music in the intricacies of the choral idiom in a nurturing environment surrounded by respected professionals. It gives students an opportunity to explore and experiment with writing and conducting techniques in a ‘best-case scenario’. Generous lab and podium time is given to all participants to ensure maximum practical and hands-on experience. The spirit of innovation married with a traditional perspective on matters of musicianship work in tandem to provide our students with skills that can enable unlimited thinking.

For Composers:
With an intake of up to TWELVE composers per session, we offer a small student-teacher ratio. Composers benefit from MULTIPLE reading sessions with our lab choir of professionals, many of whom are themselves composers, arrangers, conductors and teachers - providing an unparalleled quality of dialogue. The layout of the program from Day 1 to Day 8 is designed to give enough time for students to study and write while also offering enriching classes and experiences to help stimulate the creative process and inspire the students. During the course of the Institute, many new pieces of choral music are cultivated and are ultimately publicly performed.


 Walden School Young Musicians' Program
Summary:Young Musicians' Programme
Deadline: 15 March 2018
Date Posted: 04 January 2018
Details: 2018 Dates:
Saturday, June 30 through Sunday, August 5

Quick Facts:
• 5 weeks; 3 week program is offered for students ages 9-11
• Ages 9-18 (pre-college)
• Enrollment limited to 55 students from around the world
• 18 faculty & staff (all full-time and residential)
• Limited financial aid is available
• Curriculum focuses on musicianship, improvisation, composition, choral singing, and more
• Concert series, composers forums, artist residencies
• Weekly hikes, dances and daily recreation activities

The Experience
Late on a July afternoon a group of teenagers lounges under a stately beech tree on the campus green at the Dublin School. One strums a guitar while another hunts out notes on a penny whistle. A third drums a rhythm on a nearby rock and a few others, scribbling away in their notebooks, join in with intermittent vocal harmonies. Across the grass a few younger boys toss a Frisbee, leaping and diving as the disc arcs through the cloudless blue sky.

The Walden School Young Musicians Program provides an unparalleled creative summer experience for musically inclined students ages 9 to 18. Part school, part camp, and part festival, the program convenes each summer for five weeks in Dublin, NH. Through rigorous and innovative daily instruction, students hone their musical and creative skills within a supportive community of like-minded peers and mentors.

The recital hall booms with applause and cheers of approval as a girl takes a bow after the performance of the string quartet she’s crafted all summer. She beams at the crowd and thanks the performers who made her music come to life. Stepping off of the stage, she sits down in the “hot seat” to take comments from the audience. She is proud and radiant, with a newfound confidence in her creative abilities.

Learning at Walden is grounded in the school’s unique musicianship course, which utilizes improvisation and composition as the major tools for musical growth. Students take courses covering a wide range of musical subjects, including theory, composition, literature, computer music, and chorus. By the end of the summer, each student has completed at least one composition to be performed and critiqued by guest artists, faculty members, and fellow students.

As the family car pulls away from the Dublin School on the last day of camp, the boy in the backseat says to his parents, “Well, I guess it’s time to start counting the days until Walden again.” He’s not joking- at home he keeps a special calendar to mark off the days until next summer’s session begins. Although he is sad to be leaving, he knows when he returns next June he will be reunited with some of his very best friends. He also knows that there will be new people to meet as well, people who love music and who have a deep inner need to express themselves creatively, just like him.


 Summer Choral Composers Forum
Summary:Choral composing course
Deadline: 01 March 2018
Date Posted: 21 December 2017
Details: Composers are encouraged to apply to this week-long practicum, workshopping new pieces with mentor-composers Aaron Jay Kernis and Steven Sametz in a supportive atmosphere. New works will be premiered by The Princeton Singers at Lehigh University.

Many of us have the desire to write, but it's hard to find dedicated time when we're not asked to juggle all the day-to-day pressing issues of life. It's difficult to take the personal time, find the quiet space, and a community of like-minded composers interested in supporting our efforts.

The Lehigh Choral Composers Forum, in association with the ACDA, offers a unique opportunity to composers of all levels to explore and develop their compositional voices in a weeklong intensive seminar held at Lehigh University's beautiful Zoellner Arts Center. The emphasis of the Forum is on the compositional process. Composers accepted into the program are asked to come with ideas, not finished pieces. In the course of the week, these ideas are developed, discussed, and tried out in rehearsals with the professional a cappella ensemble, The Princeton Singers.

Under the leadership of Steven Sametz and Aaron Jay Kernis, composers are encouraged to be adventurous. This is an opportunity you may never have again: to hear a professional ensemble read through a portion of a work one day, get feedback, rework it, and hear it another way at rehearsal the next day.

Each morning, seminars led by Sametz and Kernis help composers to develop their unique compositional voices. Afternoons, there is one-on-one time with each student sharing individual ideas with the mentor-composers. This is an environment that supports compositional risk-taking as well as building on what you already do well.

On Saturday, June 23th, an informal concert of the works created in the seminar will be held at Lehigh University's Baker Hall, a 900-seat state-of-the-art concert hall. Composers come away with a professional-quality recording of their works by The Princeton Singers.

The week also includes information and discussion on the ever-shifting world of music publication. How do we best get our works out there? How are publishers looking at new compositions? How can we best market our works to get as many performances as possible? Many works from past Lehigh Composers' Forums have been published by major publishing houses.

The seminar is co-sponsored by The American Choral Directors Association and is available for graduate credit through ACDA.
Web Site:composers-forum.lehighchoralar...

 Zodiac Music Academy & Festival
Summary:Composition Course
Deadline: 01 April 2018
Date Posted: 21 December 2017
Details: Founded and led by the internationally-acclaimed Zodiac Trio, the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival invites students and young professionals to spend twelve days of intense musical training and performing in one of the most stunningly beautiful corners of the world: the South of France, Côte d'Azur.

Tucked away in the heights of the French Alps, the Festival makes its home in a historic mountain town of Valdeblore, and boasts an internationally-renowned faculty, acclaimed guest artists and ample performing opportunities throughout the region.

Composition course

Working with living composers, commissioning new works and performing contemporary music is an integral part of a successful musical career. The Zodiac Music Academy & Festival selects five young composers each year to participate in its composition program. This composition course will not only provide private instruction, composition seminars and performance opportunities, but more importantly allow both composers and instrumentalists to collaborate on their own terms, explore, and influence the direction of music together.

The Zodiac Music Academy & Festival composition course is lead by award-winning composer Andrew List – a long-time collaborator of the Zodiac Trio.

Each composer will be paired with an assigned chamber ensemble from the festival roster and commissioned to write an eight-minute work, which will be premiered at one of the festival’s public concerts. Ample rehearsal time will be given for each composer’s work. It is our goal that these composer/performer collaborations will create lasting friendships that will continue beyond the festival.

All participants will meet for a daily composition seminar, where a variety of pertinent topics important to composers and seminal musical works will be discussed. In addition, each composer will receive three one-hour private lessons with Mr. List and have daily access to a working studio and piano.

Additionally, all composition students are welcome to participate in all the seminars and clinics offered by the Festival during the session, and are invited to join chamber ensembles (instrumental proficiency permitting), to allow for a larger scope of musical experience.

Chamber Music Ensemble Collaboration
Each composer will collaborate with a chamber music ensemble (or students musician), as they work together to prepare the commissioned work for a performance.

Daily Composition Seminars
Composition students will meet with Mr. List every morning as a group to discuss a myriad of topics and review works in progress as a group

Three One-Hour Lessons
Each student will receive private instruction in the form of three one-hour lessons

Performance of Commissioned Work
Participating composers will be commissioned to write an 8-minute work, which will be performed at the end of the Festival.

Composer/Performance Seminars with the Zodiac Trio and Attending Faculty
Throughout its career, the Zodiac Trio has commissioned over a dozen works, working with composers such as Andrew List and Richard Danielpour, have instigated numerous call for score projects, and have had over 100 works written for them in all. As part of the educational aspect of the Zodiac Trio’s career, the ensemble often works with student composers at various Universities across the United States, presenting clinics and seminars on the Performer-Composer relationship. In this seminar, the Zodiac Trio will discuss these collaborations in detail with the participating composers, in an informal and personal setting.

Additionally, the composer seminar will be visited regularly by attending faculty to discuss their instruments and their experiences working with composers.


 Toronto Creative Music Lab
Summary:Professional Development Programme
Deadline: 01 February 2018
Date Posted: 21 December 2017
Details: The Toronto Creative Music Lab (TCML) 2018 is an 8-day artistic and professional development workshop for self-identified early-career musicians and composers. The workshop runs from June 9-16.TCML is a peer-mentored workshop. 40 participants will be selected from a pool of applicants and placed into working groups of 1 composer and 3-6 performers—10 composers and 30 performers in total. Working groups will participate in TCML facilitated discussions prior to the workshop that will inform a new 6 minute piece developed by the composer.

TCML 2018 Professional Development sessions will be a series of workshops, lectures, panel discussions and activities that bring together artists from across disciplines to explore accessibility, inclusiveness, anti-oppression, career development, and community building in contemporary chamber music.

// Application information //

Ensembles // Performers who apply as part of an ensemble will be required to play in two working groups—one will be the ensemble with which they applied and the other will be a working group with other TCML participants. An individual representative for an ensemble should apply on behalf of the group. This person will be responsible for communications between TCML organizers and ensemble members. If selected, each ensemble member will complete individual registration, and pay the $160 fee.

Individual performers and composers // If you are interested in participating in TCML as both a composer and as a performer, you are permitted to submit two separate applications—one in each category—and both will be considered. However, you can only be accepted in one category.

// TCML 2018 Experience //

• 13 hours group rehearsal time
• housing for artists who visit from outside of Toronto*
• breakfast and lunch for each day of the workshop
• transit in Toronto (tokens and a one-week metropass for the transit system)
• 4 professional development activities
• 2 performances of TCML works
• 2 high quality audio recordings of TCML works
• 1 high quality video recording of final performance
• final concert livestreamed by the Canadian Music Centre
• 1 showcase opportunity for TCML participants
*TCML organizers cannot guarantee housing for a partner or guest of a participant, unless that person is providing specific support for the involvement of the participant.

If accepted, participants can anticipate

• a $160 registration fee
• providing their own transportation to and from Toronto
• 2 volunteer hours—assisting in the preparation of TCML communal meals
• providing their own dinners
• paying for extra-curricular activities outside of the workshop
Financial Support // Participants selected for TCML 2018 can identify particular accessibility needs with organizers during registration, such as child care expenses, that TCML will endeavour to support.Venues // TCML 2018 will be held between three main venues: 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education; Canadian Music Centre; and Array Space.

Language // TCML 2018 is delivered in English. Certain TCML organizers can communicate and correspond in French.

Accessibility // information on language, venues, and finances is available through the accessibility page on our site.

General // You can contact at any point regarding accessibility measures that can support your involvement in the workshop.


 AMF Composition Program
Summary:Composition Programme
Deadline: 18 February 2018
Date Posted: 29 November 2017
Details: The AMF Composition Program is a four-week intensive summer course designed to provide extraordinary opportunities and exposure to aspiring and established composers. The program engages composers through individual lessons, daily seminars, and master classes.

Since its inception, the Atlantic Music Festival has served as a breeding ground for groundbreaking new works. Over 300 new works have been premiered since 2009 offering composers access to unprecedented opportunities. Composers gain firsthand experience by working directly with AMF Contemporary Ensemble with a goal of premiering a new work. In addition, all full-session composers are eligible to participate in AMF Orchestra Reading sessions.

The AMF Institute is proud to continue its tradition of providing all Composition Program participants with access to the AMF Future Music Lab’s core seminars. This groundbreaking project is an official collaboration with the IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) and will offer unique courses such as Programming for Musicians, MaxMSP Bootcamp, and electronic music seminars. To learn more, click here:

 Mostly Modern Festival (MMF) Institute
Summary:Composition Programme
Deadline: 01 March 2018
Date Posted: 05 October 2017
Details: The Mostly Modern Festival (MMF) Institute is the educational component of the Mostly Modern Festival, offering a combination of intensive one-on-one instruction and professional performance experience. The institute has over 100 students & over 20 faculty members. There will be an orchestra, a choir, 4 chamber ensembles, masterclasses, lectures, and private lessons. The Institute is open to musicians 18 and older, and welcomes people in all stages of their career. APPLY HERE: Early-Bird Deadlines Dec. 1 and Jan. 1st.

MMF takes place at Skidmore College at the Arthur Zankel Music Center. Skidmore College is ideally located in Saratoga Springs, New York, three hours by car from NYC, Boston, Philadelphia and Montreal. All public performances take place at the stunning Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, a 600-seat acoustically tuned space.

Instrumentalists (up to 70 instrumentalists accepted)

• Perform in the American Modern Orchestra.
• Participants perform alongside the faculty with different conductors each week, Maestros Christopher Rountree, TBD, and Kent Tritle.
• Receive private lessons from performance faculty.
• Access to all masterclasses, and a pass to everything at the festival.
• Check this page for American Modern Orchestra instrumentation.

Singers (up to 60 vocalists accepted)

• Perform in the American Modern Choir.
• Work under the baton of Maestro Kent Tritle and Nicol Matt.
• 4 rehearsals/coachings per week, dress rehearsals and 2 performances.
• Access to all masterclasses, and a pass to everything at the festival.
• Visit this page for details on the American Modern Choir.

Composers (up to 30 composers accepted)

• Receive a fully-professional, live performance from: American Modern Ensemble, one of the three Guest Ensembles, or the American Modern Choir. (ensemble determined during the acceptance process).
• Composers can also apply for an orchestral reading with the American Modern Orchestra.
• Two composers will be chosen to a have their work performed by the American Modern Orchestra.
• Receive top-of-the-line 4 camera-shot video (video posted on the MMF YouTube page) and audio WAV file of your performance.
• Professional ensembles work intimately with composers in rehearsals, the dress and the performance.
• Receive meetings/lessons with the Composition Faculty.
• Access to all masterclasses, and a pass to everything at the festival.

Conductors (up to 8 conductors accepted)

• Conduct the American Modern Ensemble or the American Modern Choir.
• Conduct the readings with the American Modern Orchestra. Readings will be mentored by the Faculty Conductors and Composition Faculty.
• 2 conductors conduct a piece for the American Modern Orchestra, one each week.
• Group seminar with all conductor faculty members.
• Receive top-of-the-line 4 camera-shot video (link to video posted on the MMF YouTube page) of your performance(s) at the festival.
• Access to all masterclasses, and a pass to everything at the festival.

All performances are recorded and fully edited for participants: both audio and video. Composers and conductors receive audio WAV files and links to polished videos of their performances (shot with 4 cameras) posted on MMF's YouTube channel. Composers who take part in the orchestral readings receive un-edited audio recordings of their readings (editing available for an additional fee).

There will be two "ad hoc" concerts that will provide an opportunity for participants and faculty to showcase modern repertoire of their choice. Performers will be given guidelines and may submit proposals for pieces they'd like to play. Works will be chosen on a first-come first-serve basis, based on time and programming considerations.

 OPERA CREATION LAB for Composers and Singers
Summary:Opera writing course
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 27 September 2017
Details: Program Dates: July 5-15, 2018
COSI 2018 is pleased to offer its OPERA CREATION LAB for Composers and Singers, directed by Dean Burry, in combination with members of COSI’s magnificent artistic teams.

Apply for this summer’s COSI OPERA CREATION LAB for Composers and Singers via COSI’s YAPtracker link.

FOR COMPOSERS: In receiving your application for the program, you will then be contacted by us to submit two examples of your compositions. Vocal and/or instrumental pieces are welcome, though examples of previous operatic writing are encouraged.

Successful composer applicants will:

Submit a vocal composition or opera scene before the program.
Collaboratively create a scene while at the program.
Receive a final public presentation and recording.

For composers, the summer Opera Creation Lab includes:

• Vocal masterclasses that will inform about writing for the voice, and the particular considerations for each voice type and differences within those voice types (writing for different kinds of sopranos, for example).
• Dramaturgy and the libretto – how to work with a libretto or consider writing one.
• Building a Composing Career in Opera
• Elements of Design
• Private lessons with Dean Burry.
• Interactive sessions with Music Director Shannon Hiebert and the performers of your music.
• Making important connections with singers and opera professionals with whom you may work in the future.
• Access to all COSI opera performances and courtyard concerts for the duration of the Opera Creation Lab.

“COSI’s Opera Creation Lab exceeded all my expectations. It was incredible to hear my music so soon after writing it. The singers were wonderful, engaged and creative. Seeing our scenes brought to life gave me a new understanding and appreciation for all the dramatic work that goes into making opera work. This, in turn, will forever affect how I approach the combined forces of music and drama. Thank you so much!” Katherine Saxon (COSI 2017), University of California Santa Barbara.
“The week that I spent at the COSI Opera Creation Lab for Composers and Singers was a completely enriching experience. There is nothing more inspiring than working in an environment surrounded by young driven performers and seasoned instructors. I look to forward to seeing the growth of this amazing program and am proud to have participated in its inaugural year.” Ryan Henwood, Dalhousie University.


 Laura Schwendinger Residency
Summary:Residency Opportunity
Deadline: 21 January 2018
Date Posted: 20 September 2017
Details: Residency Statement
I welcome the opportunity to explore and discuss the act of creating art music, through discussion with my fellow composers and to listen to and talk about, the music we create. I am fascinated with what inspires composers and the techniques they use in their compositions, and would welcome composers who are interested in discussing these questions, and any other ideas related to them. When I present my own works, I try to describe my personal approach and its intersection with visual arts, as well as my efforts to create a music in which craft and inspiration meet to make something that goes as deeply into expressivity as possible.

I suggest that if you are also a performer, that you bring your instrument, so we can experiment with ideas as they come during our sessions, and try out works in progress together.

Application requirements
Prospective Associates should submit:
1. two representative PDF scores with corresponding sound files (no larger than 15 mb) or web links (.doc, .docx, .pdf)
2. a brief resume (.doc, .docx, .pdf)
3. short bio, 400-word max. (.doc, .docx, .pdf)
4. If you are planning on bringing an instrument, a sound file sample of your playing would also be encouraged, if it is to be part of your participation in the residency.

Residency Fee: $900
Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance
Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25
Click here to Apply!

 Arts Letters & Numbers
Summary:Residency Programme
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 20 September 2017
Details: Arts Letters & Numbers is a place of creative urgency and intensity of purpose, a place to create new linkages, new thought processes, new path- ways of understanding that embody our best hopes and aspirations. It is a place where many elements come together to co-construct questions and works, of empathy, of ethics, of imagination; it is a place to explore the nuanced fragilities in our shared stories.

We strive to cultivate a space that encourages collaborative and individual creation: to think, make and act alongside others within a community. With our Residency Program, artists from wide range of disciplines will be able to come together, ask and engage their questions, create and share their work. When people are free to act, interact with and support one another, new works and ideas emerge.

We are situated within an enthusiastic and supportive community that is highly active in the short term programming of Arts Letters & Numbers, including Events, Courses, and Workshops that run in parallel to and interweave with the Residency Program. To further expand the conversation and space of Arts Letters & Numbers – both within the Residency Program and the broader community – as an Artist in Residence you will be encouraged to participate in and host some of these features, as well as proposing your own events to foster and enrich this dialogue, i.e. lectures, exhibitions, performances, etc.

Arts Letters & Numbers is constructed by us: not just those who are directly involved in its day to day operation, not just the fellows, participants, visiting artists and local community members, it has and continues to be built by everyone who sets foot in this remarkable place. It is being constructed by and between us. This aspect of Arts Letters & Numbers is foundational.

At the Mill we have a full metal and wood-working shop, and spaces for building, cooking, filming, photographing, performance, and large-scale drawing, sculpture and painting. Our spaces are flexible and you are invited to create your own. Currently, the second floor of the Mill is under construction and is unfortunately not to be used for creative work. However, the shop is still available for everyone to use. In addition to the Mill we also have our barn, located next to the house. This flexible indoor - outdoor space serves as our main studio space, with additional more private spaces to be found in the house.

One of our traditions has been the sharing of ideas over a great meal, and this has become a vital part of Arts Letters & Numbers. We will all share one kitchen and though you are individually responsible for your food, it is often the case that everyone in the house gathers to cook and share dinners together.


You will be hosted in the House on the Hill, in one of our nine bedrooms; these vary in size and, we offer both private and shared arrangements. We will do our best and try to give everyone the privacy they need.

The duration of your stay can vary from one week to three months. The fee per 2016/2017, covering accommodation and access to the facilities, starts at $175 per week.

We are accepting applications continuously and will review them on a rolling basis.

If you have any questions regarding our residency program, please send us an email.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to

Arts Letters & Numbers!

 Opportunity: New Voices, Talent Development Programme
Summary:Register interest for programme
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 20 September 2017
Details: Date: Registration closes, noon on Tues 17th Oct
Produced by: Sound and Music
New Voices: a new Talent Development Programme for new ideas, new sounds and new music

Do you create or compose your own music or sound? Then this could be the opportunity for you!

Taking the successful models, wonderful partnerships and expertise from our previous Embedded and Portfolio Programmes, as well as our Pathways Programme we are thrilled to announce and introduce you to New Voices, Sound and Music's reimagined Talent Development Programme.

We are looking for composers and artists creating their own original new music and sound to be part of New Voices

New Voices aims to be representative of the diverse range of composers working across the UK today.


Become part of New Voices, an 18 month Talent Development Programme tailored to your needs
Get the benefit of 6 months of bespoke, external and expert coaching and mentoring
Explore and realise your creative ideas and ambitions, in your own style, in your own way
Join a network of your creative peers from across the UK, who will be going through the New Voices programme at the same time as you
Be part of a unique supportive residential weekend with these peers and with Sound and Music staff
Make public facing work for audiences, through your own creative activity and collaborations, and/or through working with other organisations
Receive a bursary of £1,500, travel and accommodation expenses, plus a production grant of up to £6,000 if you are organising the final public outcome yourself
Work with Sound and Music to explore digital as well as live outcomes of your work
Sound good?

Great. At this stage, you only need to register your interest, and then we will get in contact to discuss and to find out if this opportunity is a good fit.

If you need any other support to access this opportunity, or need this information in another format then we’re here to help, so please do contact us: Director of Programmes,

Keep reading to find out more.

Summary:Composition Courses
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 14 June 2017
Details: SOUND LAUNCH provides tailor-made courses and projects in performance, composition, technology and the music business. These are run by professional and qualified tutors.

In the courses musicians are given the opportunity to improvise & jam, compose, arrange, write & co-write; whilst being infused with an awareness of different musical styles, genres and tastes & obtaining a fully accredited qualification.

Its nurturing arena is the perfect setting in which to explore and challenge personal creativity & confidence, as well as refining performance techniques and stage presence, through regular playing and gigs. The recording sessions offer the ultimate experience and an unmissable opportunity in which to fuse all the effort and achievements that have been made during the various courses.

It is an invaluable space to collaborate & meet with other like minded musicians, working hard but having fun!

Jam, Improvise & Compose with Melody, Harmony & Rhythm Experts. An essential guide for all performers & songwriters.

Rising Artists’ Platform (RAP)
Weekly courses held at Schools, Colleges & Music Centres. In Songwriting, Performance & Music Technology with live Recording Experiences and Gigs.

Development of Recording Artists (DORA) Age 15+
Weekly Courses & Masterclasses in Performance, Songwriting, Recording & Media. With Recording Sessions, Gigs & Festivals and Media Live Lounge sessions. The Perfect Platform to Launch From & Become a Well Informed, Fully Equipped & Supported Artist.

Media Live Lounge Be Filmed, Photographed & Recorded for your Media Channels. Refine Your Stage Presence & Confidence, Air Your Music on Radio & Learn How to Interview, Present Yourself, & Market Your Music.

Recording Studio Experiences Production and Sound Engineering. Mixing, Mastering & Mic Positioning. Build A Studio.

• Banners/Backdrops & Album Art Workshop

• Training, Mentoring & Apprenticeships

• The Music Dr - How to survive & support yourself
• in the Music Industry

• Voice Coaching

• One to One Consultancy available

 Soundfly's new online course with Tim Hansen teaches you the fundamentals of Composition
Summary:Composition Course
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 16 November 2016
Details: SOUNDFLY'S NEW COURSE TEACHES YOU THE FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC COMPOSITION & DEEPENS YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF EMPLOYING THEORY code: SOUNDANDMUSIC for 20% off!As a composer, there are many different tools in your tool belt that can bring interest and originality to your music. You can use time signatures to add complexity, tonality to add emotional pull, rhythm to add drive, or something else to create some other unique dynamic. This course will take you through the essential elements of modern composing. Led by Australian composer Tim Hansen, you'll explore the beat, time signatures, rhythm, tonality, timbre, texture, and structure, with key examples to demonstrate along the way. By the end of this course, you'll be able to employee these tools more effectively in your compositions.This one-of-a-kind month-long course combines fun instructional videos, step-by-step guides, downloadable resources, and professional support and feedback to help you unlock your vision for notated music. You'll have the opportunity to get personal mentorship and consulting from an industry expert, as well as access to a revolving-door community of fellow students and advisors. Now who's ready to get composing?