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Summary:Fellowships for emerging composers institute
Deadline: 01 December 2019
Date Posted: 04 November 2019
Details: CULTIVATE, directed by Grammy-nominated composer-clarinetist Derek Bermel, is an annual, intensive, all-scholarship creative workshop and mentoring program for gifted American composers in the initial stages of their professional careers. Each year, six young composers will be awarded Fellowships to participate in this weeklong emerging composers institute, which takes place at Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark home in Cortlandt Manor, one hour north of New York City, and at the historic Merestead estate in nearby Mount Kisco. Helping young composers to realize their artistic ambitions, CULTIVATE offers Fellows immersive creative guidance in a rigorous, collegial, and nurturing environment before, during, and after the week here, which concludes with a public concert featuring the World Premieres of all six new works, performed by the internationally-acclaimed Music from Copland House ensemble. Fellowships cover all costs for session participation and events, round-trip transportation to/from New York within the continental U.S., local ground transportation, accommodations, and food.

NEW FOR 2020: A second performance of all of the CULTIVATE 2020 works has been added on Music from Copland House's new concert series in Manhattan at Elebash Hall at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The concert will also be filmed for telecast on CUNY-TV.

Fellows each compose one 5- to 7-minute, small-ensemble composition (any combination of clarinet, violin, cello, and/or piano), which serves as the core of their work at CULTIVATE. The schedule consists of daily individual and collective work sessions or rehearsals with composer and program director Derek Bermel and Music from Copland House on the Fellows’ new works for CULTIVATE; informal discussion sessions about practical, professional, and career matters with prominent music executives and arts leaders (past guests have included James Kendrick, Limor Tomer, Greg Sandow, Alan Pierson, Richard Kessler, and Elizabeth Dworkin); and two final public concerts (the second of which, in New York City, is filmed by CUNY-TV for delayed telecast) premiering the Fellows’ new compositions.

Open to emerging professional composers who are American citizens or permanent residents, writing in any genre. While there is no specific age limit, CULTIVATE is geared towards composers who are in their mid- to late-20s and in the earliest phase of their professional careers. (Proof of citizenship or resident status - in the form of U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport, Board of Elections registration card, green card, or other valid USCIS document [NOT driver's licenses or Social Security card] may be requested of all applicants.)

Application Process

Online applications must be submitted by December 1 at 11:59pm. Fellows are chosen by CULTIVATE Director Derek Bermel and an annually-rotating jury of eminent, independent composers and performers. Late or incomplete submissions will be disqualified. Award recipients will usually be notified by mid-December.

Online submissions consist of:
1. Application form.
2. Brief resumé.
3. Three scores that best represent your work (PDF only).
4. Recordings of each of these three works (MP3 preferred). If any are not available, recordings of other works may be be substituted. MIDI recordings are acceptable, but not encouraged. If applicable, track and/or movement/section should be clearly listed.

Any questions about the application can be addressed to the Copland House office at or (914) 788-4659.