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Summary:Compositions for Guitar
Deadline: 28 February 2019
Date Posted: 20 December 2018
Details: The University of Ottawa Piano Pedagogy Research Lab, in collaboration with the International Guitar Research Centre (University of Surrey), the Canadian Music Centre, and the Ottawa Guitar Society will host an international interdisciplinary conference on 21st century guitar composition, performance and pedagogy between August 22nd and 25th, 2019 at The University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The goal of this conference is to examine guitar skill acquisition and guitar pedagogy from an empirical perspective. Do current practices in guitar pedagogy reflect the underlying motor, neurological and cognitive processes that govern skill acquisition and expertise? What do we already know about those underlying processes for guitar performance? What avenues remain unexplored?

The conference will bring together researchers, academics, composers and practitioners from different fields who are interested in guitar performance, pedagogy, and contemporary composition for guitar and technology. Concerts featuring new works for guitar duo, guitar orchestra and technology (360 projection, 8-channel sound) will be highlighted in special performances.


We invite the submission of scores and proposals for two concerts.

1. The Canadian Music Marathon: Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Freiman Hall, University of Ottawa 7pm
Must be a Canadian composer (resident / citizen)
Solo or duo guitar (electric / acoustic / classical)
Work must include electronics or a form of technological enhancement (ie. automata, visuals, VR etc.)
Stereo sound reinforcement will be provided.
Composers are strongly encouraged to provide their own performers if possible, however they may request for their score be offered to student or faculty performers from the University of Ottawa. In this case performance is not guaranteed, even if the score is accepted.
Any duration is permitted
This marathon concert aims to perform as many Canadian works for guitar and technology as possible. Due to the length of the concert, audience members will be invited to enter and leave BETWEEN performances at their discretion. A recording (video and audio) of the entire concert will be made publicly available for download for composers and performers.

2. Works or proposals for double guitar orchestra, 8-channel sound and surround projections: Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Dominion-Chalmers Church, Ottawa 9pm
This call for proposals and works is open to both international and Canadian composers
The double guitar orchestra will be composed of amateur and professional guitarists and will be comprised of 20-30 classical guitarists and 20-30 electric guitarists. The orchestras will be conducted by Craig Visser and Tim Brady.
8-channel surround will be available, but stereo electronics are also welcome. Live or fixed electronics are both acceptable.
Attendance of the composer is encouraged but not required. Rehearsals will begin in June, 2018 and composers are encouraged to be involved via Skype or other videolink.
A special creation prize of $750 is being offered by the Canadian Music Centre for Canadian women composers. Please indicate in the online form if you would like to be considered for this prize. The CMC will provide a letter of invitation for travel funding if desired.

Submissions must be received no later than February 28, 2019, and notifications will be made by March 31, 2019. Submissions are not anonymous.

Final scores are due no later than June 1, 2019.