UAF Young Composer Forum

The first edition of Universal Artists Festival Young Composers’ Forum is a three weeks’ international summer academy, offering unique training for 10 young composers writing for chamber music and mini-operas. The intensive composition training program is designed for young composers under the age of 35, of any nationality, to polish, develop, and explore compositional skills with international artists and resident faculties. This year we are proud to collaborate with UAF vocal/opera session, offering two composers to work on a mini-opera.

The 2019 edition will take place from 5th August to 18th August at New England Conservatory and 19th August to 24th August in New York City. Participating composers will have the chance to take part in master classes, presentations, lectures, workshops, with faculty composers Lei Liang and Alex Mincek, and will have the chance to experience life at a prestigious America conservatory and world-leading university. Each composer’s project for the forum will be rehearsed and performed by the performance fellow and residency faculties.

Program Outline:
- Lectures by faculty composer
- Individual meetings with each faculty composers
- Presentation of your music
- Master Classes by other instrumental faculties
- Rehearsals of your work with the performance fellow and residency faculties
- Live performance and Recording of your piece
- Access to all concerts and activities at UAF 2019.

To apply, please send all the materials to
- Audio or video links for 2 or 3 of your works.
- Scores for 2 or 3 of your works.
- Biography including a work list.
- Letter of motivation explaining your artistic approach and your interest in the composition program at Universal Artists Festival.
- If you are applying for the mini-opera program, please also submit the following materials:
1. An additional opera score, or a work-in-progress opera score to be considered for performance. Excerpts or scenes from a larger operatic work will be also acceptable.
2. The libretto can be in English, Italian, French, and German. For other languages, please include an English synopsis and a pronunciation key.
3. A signed declaration that the composer has the permission to use the libretto if it is neither his own work nor from the public domain.
4. A piano reduction.

10 composers will be selected.

- 8 composers will be asked to compose an original instrumental chamber music work. Each piece will be performed twice. One in Boston New England Conservatory and one in New York.
- Duration: 5-7 minutes
- Instrumentation: piano, violin x 2, viola, and cello (2-5 musicians)

- 2 composers will be selected as mini opera fellows to work with opera Directors: Aleksandar Ilić (Belgrade Dance Institute), Aleksandar Nikolić (Royal Opera House Covent Garden) and our festival orchestra. Gregory Buchalter, the assistant conductor from Metropolitan Opera, will supervise one of the rehearsals. The two mini operas created in the festival will be performed again in Winter 2020 at Serbia National Theater in Belgrade.
Voices: soprano x 2, baritone x 2, tenor x 1, bass x 1
- Instrumentation: 4-3-3-2-1, 2-2-2-2, 2-2-3-1, piano
- Duration: No longer than 7 minutes

Deadline:June 15, 2019
Result: June 25, 2019.
Please send in all materials to

Tuition Fee: $5,500
Auditor Fee (not including accommodation): $500
Tuition includes meals, accommodation, training tuition, scheduled local transportation fees, and taxes. Prices exclude airfare, visa fees, insurance and other personal expenses. All students must bring proof of travel medical insurance. All charges shall be paid by participants (or their parents or guardians) if there is any medical care needs.

We will offer two scholarships to outstanding composers based on their quality of music potential of their career. The tuition fee will be 1500 USD in total after the deduction.

15 Jun 2019