2020 Summer Choral Composers Forum

2020 ACDA Summer Choral Composers Forum at Lehigh University (June 22 - 29)
Choral Composers one and all!
Many of us have the desire to write, but it's hard to find dedicated time when we're not asked to juggle all the day-to-day pressing issues of life. It's difficult to take the personal time, find the quiet space, and a community of like-minded composers interested in supporting our efforts.

The Lehigh Choral Composers Forum, in association with the ACDA, offers a unique opportunity to composers of all levels to explore and develop their compositional voices in a weeklong intensive seminar held at Lehigh University's beautiful Zoellner Arts Center. The emphasis of the Forum is on the compositional process. Composers accepted into the program are asked to come with ideas, not finished pieces. Each day, participants will work with internationally acclaimed composer Ēriks Ešenvalds and founding director Steven Sametz in compositional seminars and individual sessions to develop their piece. Past mentor-composers have included Aaron Jay Kernis, Sven-David Sandström, Tania León, Steven Stucky, Chen Yi, Z. Randall Stroope, Stephen Paulus, Zjou Long, Bob Chilcott, Libby Larsen, and Alberto Grau.

In the course of the week, these ideas are developed, discussed, and tried out in rehearsals with the professional a cappella ensemble, The Princeton Singers. Composers will have the opportunity to get feedback, rework their piece, and hear it another way at rehearsal the next day.

On Sunday, June 29th, an informal concert of the works created in the seminar will be held at Lehigh University's Baker Hall, a 900-seat state-of-the-art concert hall. Composers come away with a professional-quality recording of their works by The Princeton Singers.

The week also includes information and discussion on the ever-shifting world of music publication. How do we best get our works out there? How are publishers looking at new compositions? How can we best market our works to get as many performances as possible? Many works from past Lehigh Composers' Forums have been published by major publishing houses.

The seminar is co-sponsored by The American Choral Directors Association and is available for graduate credit through ACDA.

For more information or to apply for the forum, visit http://composers-forum.lehighchoralarts.com/

Hope to see you this summer!

- Andrey

Early Registration Deadline: 1 Mar 2020
Regular Deadline: 1 April 2020

1 Apr 2020
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