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Summary:Composer’s Academy
Deadline: 15 January 2019
Date Posted: 13 December 2018
Details: Forum Wallis Academy for Composition Students 2019

Swiss Contemporary Music Festival Forum Wallis 2019 hosted by IGNM-VS (ISCM Valais Section) announces the Forum Wallis Academy for Composition Students FoWACS. Within the Academy, works for small and medium-sized chamber music ensembles will be analyzed, rehearsed and performed in an exemplary and practice-oriented manner. The tutors are internationally renowned composers, conductors and musicians.

Musicians 2019:

Zafraan Ensemble Berlin (Fl, Cl, Vle, Vc, Pno, Perc)
UMS ́n JIP (Voc, Blfl, Elec),’n_JIP_(Ensemble_für_Neue_Musik) Manuel Mengis (Trp, Elec),
Hanspeter Pfammatter (Keys, Elec),

Conductor 2019:

Erik Oņa,ņa

Composers 2019:

Stefano Gervasoni, Beat Furrer, Caspar Johannes Walter, Panayiotis Kokoras, Christophe Schiess, Nadir Vassena, Erik Oņa, Cecilia Villanueva, Ulrike Mayer-Spohn, Javier Hagen

Target group: Composers & Composition students, by preference 1st and 2nd year BA, no national restrictions

Language: English
Maximum number of participants: 10
Duration: 3.-10. June 2019, arrival 2.6., departure 10.6. Concerts: 8th, 9th and 10th June 2019, Leuk Castle

Costs: CHF 700 (includes academy fees and accommodation in double rooms 2.-10.6.)
Scholarships: IGNM-VS offers up to 5 scholarships (CHF 500 each) and provides letters of recommendation for travel grants upon request. No registration fee.


Please send a CV, 1 score and a letter of motivation to IMPORTANT: In The Subject of the e-mail please write FORUM WALLIS ACADEMY 2019; all required documents (CV, score, letter of motivation) have to be matched into 1 ZIP folder. Submission deadline: 15.1.2019. A jury consisting of 2 members of the IGNM-VS board and Erik Oņa (conductor) selects a maximum of 10 participants by 1.3.2019. Only the selected alumni will be notified of the selection (by e- mail).

Following up the FoWACS:

The Forum Wallis Composer’s Academy is held every year. Former Alumni are encouraged to submit works to be performed within the upcoming academies. Starting in 2020, one work/year will be selected and performed within the academy.

Forum Wallis Academy for Composition Students 2019

ACADEMY TIMETABLE (subject to modification)

By 1.4.2019, 5 scores will be sent to the students (among them at least one reference work of the contemporary repertoire). Each student is assigned one of these works, which they have to prepare in detail.

08-12h - Session 1
As a preparation for the rehearsals, Erik Oņa points out specific sections of these pieces concerning harmony, rhythm, playing techniques, notation etc. The students are challenged to form their own view about these sections as well as a personal approach how to work on them.
14-17h - Rehearsals
20-22h - Rehearsals

09-12h - Rehearsals 14-17h - Rehearsals 20-22h - Composer Talks

09-12h - Rehearsals
14-18h - Session II
All participants discuss their solutions and experiences together with the conductor and some musicians. The aim is developing practical solutions for the compositional work as well as efficient rehearsal techniques.
20-22h - Rehearsals

09-12h - GP I
18-23h - Festival Concerts

09-12h - GP II
18-23h - Festival Concerts

10-11h - Lecture
18-23h - Festival Concerts, Academy Concert I

10-11h - Lecture
18-23h - Festival Concerts, Academy Concert II

10-11h - Debriefing
14-16h - Festival Concerts, Academy Concert III 16h - Departure