N.E.O. Voice Festival 2019

Join a vibrant, diverse community of artists in Los Angeles: The Creative Capital of the World, for a week of creativity, performance, and exploration. The week will include daily, interactive workshops; expert mentoring, evening rehearsals, and concerts featuring the best of LA’s new music vocal scene. Enjoy sharing your talents while participating in multiple public performances that will culminate in the premiere performance of a new “Exploratorio” masterwork, written and produced by attending composers and performers.

Apply by April 15th to qualify for early bird tuition!

During the eight day festival you will participate in four public performances, enjoy two concerts featuring some of LA’s top new music vocalists, collaborate closely with the N.E.O. Voice Festival Ensemble, and attend numerous workshops throughout the week. Through these workshops and performances, you will expand your knowledge of voice research and composition with leaders in the field, deepen the understanding of your voice through the powerful lens of voice science, explore creativity through writing and presentation, experience the Great Organs at FCCLA, and enjoy the wonders of Los Angeles.

The 21st Century vocalist embraces a wide range of textures and timbres that offer composers profound new creative opportunities. N.E.O. faculty will guide you on how to relate to vocalists and communicate your goals within a meaningful musical context. Composers will work with new tools and alongside virtuosic vocal talent toward a culminating collaborative masterwork. Each day will include interactive lectures and workshops as well as masterclasses with other composers and performers. During the program, you will explore contemporary composition and notation techniques, and build a strategy for how to comfortably and successfully market your creative work to the world. All participants will create daily through guided interactions, and some will be chosen ahead of time to showcase their works.

Step 1. Fill out an application form below and pay $25 application fee. Those who would like to be considered for scholarships & Fellowships must submit applications by March 15th.


Step 2. You will receive notification of application status within two weeks of applying.

Step 3. For early bird rate, tuition must be received in full by April 15th. All other tuition payments must be received by June 1st.

If you would like to be considered as a featured composer (your work will get performed during the week), please upload two video/audio links and scores, one written for the voice.

To be considered for a fellowship or a scholarship, you must attach the two audio links and scores, a one page resume, and a letter expressing your interest in the program, your ambitions, and how you think this experience will help with their goals.

Optional: For composers who wish to attend the festival, you may provide two video/audio links and scores written in any style.

Early Bird Tuition (Before April 15th):

Tuition (After April 15th):

Four fully-funded vocal fellowships and two partial vocal scholarships are available. Two fully-funded composer fellowships and two partial composer scholarships are available.

*Tuition does not include lodging and meals throughout the week.

1 Jun 2019
U.S. Dollar (USD)