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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org