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 Castle of our Skins
Summary:Composer in Residence Opportunity
Deadline: 17 December 2017
Date Posted: 09 November 2017
Details: Castle of our Skins (COOS), a Boston-based concert and education series organization dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music, is creating a composer-in-residence position for its 2018 – 2019 season. Submissions due by December 17, 2017. This opportunity is open to composers who are from African decent or belong to the African diaspora. Details below!

There will be a $10 submission fee for this opportunity. Payment can be made by check or money order, made out to “Castle of our Skins” mailed to:

Castle of our Skins
7 Bowdoin Ave, Apt. B
Dorchester, MA 02121

Electronic payments may be remitted through Square Cash ($CastleSkins) ; international transfers can be remitted through TransferWire. Please contact Castle of our Skins at castleskins [@] to set up the transfer.
- This is an international call for composers of African decent or from the African diaspora.
- Interested applicants should be no older than 40 years of age by Sunday, December 17, 2017.

Compensation value totaling $1500:
1) Title of Composer-In-Residence in COOS publicity material for the duration of the residency
2) A performance of the work(s) composed for COOS, with the resulting works in COOS music library
3) A feature on the COOS BIBA Blog and Social Media
4) Writing opportunities through COOS
5) A professional recording of the work(s) performed during the season (audio and/or video) – value of $400
6) Professional publicity shots – value of $300
7) An honorarium totaling $800

1) Compose a chamber work inspired by Black culture/history/identity for a COOS concert, with the possibility of composing 1 – 3 smaller works (arrangements, transcriptions, etc … ) as needed. Composer MUST be present at the premiere, date TBD.
2) Participate in the rehearsals for the piece(s) as requested by COOS
3) Write three BIBA Blog entries related to the COOS mission throughout the season
4) Participate in an interview with COOS Associate Artistic Director Anthony R. Green

Deadline and Timeline:
- Applications must be submitted and received (for submissions by post) before 11:59PM EST on Sunday, December 17, 2017.
- Short-listed composers will be selected for interviews starting Monday, February 12, 2018
- The successful applicant will be announced Monday, March 19, 2018
- Official season starts late August 2018

Application Materials:
1) A letter of application (as a PDF document) describing your motivation to apply to this position, any professional or personal associations with the COOS mission, highlights of past (preferably relevant) professional experiences, and any other relevant supporting text. Limit of two pages.

2) Two to four scores of past works (as PDF documents), preferably chamber music, that best represent your compositional style. At least two of the submitted scores must be accompanied by studio or live recordings of the works (mp3 files preferred). No MIDI renderings will be allowed, but 2 – 5 minute excerpts of works will be accepted in lieu of full recordings, if desired.

3) A Curriculum Vitae, including contact information (as a PDF document)

How to apply:
- Please send all application materials via e-mail to : castleskins [at],
​with the subject line: COOS Composer-in-Residence
- If e-mailing is not an option, please send documents to:

Castle of our Skins
7 Bowdoin Ave, Apt. B
Dorchester, MA 02121

Please keep in mind that postal submissions must be RECEIVED BY Sunday, December 17, 2017.

Please don’t hesitate to ask! Send any inquiries to: castleskins [at], and please visit for more information about what we do and who we are. We are looking forward to reviewing your applications!