Composer festival + Course

Austin, TX - January 5-12, 2019

Applications for the 2019 festival have closed. Please check back for the 2020 festival!


An eight-day course for up to eight composers, during which new works for percussion are created, workshopped, documented, and performed by line upon line in Austin, TX.

We are thrilled to be able to offer this course tuition-free through a generous grant from the Rea Charitable Trust!

We believe that investing in living composers is paramount to the longevity of the notated music tradition. Over our nine years as an ensemble, we've repeatedly found that when percussionists and composers spend time in the same room together during the creative process, the best end results are achieved. We want to bring composers to Austin, TX to give them this experience in their formative years, with the added benefit of being able to learn from one another.  



September 17th at 11:59 PM CST: Application deadline ($50 application fee applies)

October 5th: Notification of acceptance

October 12th at 11:59 PM CST: Acceptance deposit due (for accepted applicants)

October 5th - December 2nd: Virtual collaborative period

December 2nd at 11:59 PM CST: Score deadline* (for accepted applicants)

January 5th-12th, 2019: Winter Composer Course

*If score is not submitted on time, course attendance will be revoked, without exception.


Age 21 or older by January 5th, 2019

Able to attend the entire eight-day course

Not required: Existing percussion music  

course outline

Fellows will receive:

  • At least (2) 90-minute workshops with line upon line on their work

  • A 3-hour recording block dedicated to their work

  • Unedited audio and video footage from said 3-hour recording block

  • The premiere performance of their work on our Austin concert season

  • Two lessons, one with each faculty composer (Steve Snowden and Laura Steenberge)

  • A daily field-related talk

  • Full accommodation in Austin, TX


Accepted fellows will be responsible for:

  • Composing an 8-10 minute percussion trio, for a previously agreed upon instrumentation, and submitting a performance-ready score by December 2nd, 2018

  • Performing an 8-10 minute solo set on an evening concert as part of our Austin concert season

  • Paying a $250 acceptance deposit, REFUNDABLE upon completion of course

  • Your own travel to and from Austin

  • Your own travel within Austin

  • Your own meals in Austin

Course goals

  • Move traditionally academic activities outside of academia and into the community

  • Foster the interchange of ideas among composers

  • Facilitate working relationships between composers and performers

  • Bring promising composers and their work to Austin, TX

  • Demystify and develop percussion writing


Please direct all inquiries regarding this course to Natalie Teodori: