Winter Composer Festival

Austin, TX - January 4-11, 2020

Applications for the 2020 festival are closed, and applicants have been notified of acceptance status.

If you have not received a notification, please email

2021 Festival applications will open in March 2020


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

We believe that investing in living composers is paramount to the longevity of the notated music tradition. Over our ten 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.  



June 4th at 11:59 PM CST: Application deadline ($50 non-refundable application fee applies)

June 18th: Notification of acceptance

June 25th at 11:59 PM CST: Acceptance deposit due

June 18th - October 15: Virtual collaborative period

October 15th at 11:59 PM CST: Score deadline*

January 4th-11th, 2020: Winter Composer Festival

*If score is not submitted on time, festival participation will be revoked, without exception.


  • Age 21 or older by January 4th, 2020

  • Able to attend the entire eight-day festival

  • Have not attended this festival in the past (Previous applicants welcome.)

  • Not required: Existing percussion music  

festival 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 (Jessie Marino and Sam Pluta)

  • 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 October 15, 2019

  • 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

festival 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 festival to Natalie Teodori: