Now in its 5th season, the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival in the South of France invites young composers ages 17-35 for its summer session to work with resident chamber ensembles and have their works premiered on the Festival’s concerts.
Working with living composers, commissioning new works and performing contemporary music is an integral part of a successful musical career. This composition course not only provides private instruction, composition seminars and performance opportunities, but more importantly allow both composers and instrumentalists to collaborate on their own terms, explore, and influence the direction of music together.
The Zodiac Music Academy & Festival composition course is lead by award-winning composer Andrew List- a long-time collaborator of the Zodiac Trio (the founding ensemble of the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival). www.andrewlist.com
Each composer will be paired with an assigned chamber ensemble from the festival roster and commissioned to write an eight-minute work, which will be premiered at one of the festival’s public concerts. Ample rehearsal time will be given for each composer’s work. It is our goal that these composer/performer collaborations will create lasting friendships that will continue beyond the festival. Throughout the festival composers will have other opportunities to have previously composed works also performed.
All participants meet for a daily composition seminar, where a variety of pertinent topics important to composers and seminal musical works will be discussed. These seminars also include sessions with Zodiac Trio and other festival faculty members. In addition, each composer will receive three one-hour private lessons with Mr. List and have daily access to a working studio and piano.
Additionally, all composition students are welcome to participate in all the seminars and clinics offered by the Festival during the session, and are invited to join chamber ensembles (instrumental proficiency permitting), to allow for a larger scope of musical experience.
Each participant benefits from:
• Performance of commissioned work
• Daily composition seminars
• 3 One-hour private lessons
• Chamber music ensemble collaboration:
Each composer will collaborate with a chamber music ensemble (or student musicians) as they work together to prepare the commissioned work for a performance.
• Composer/Performer seminar with the Zodiac Trio:
Throughout its career, the Zodiac Trio has commissioned over a dozen works, working with composers such as Andrew List, Nicolas Bacri, Reiko Fueting and Richard Danielpour, have instigated numerous call for score projects, and have had over 100 works written for them in all. With a strong commitment to new music, Zodiac Trio regularly works with student composers at various universities across the United States, reading new works and presenting clinics and seminars on the Performer-Composer relationship. In this seminar the Zodiac Trio will discuss these collaborations in detail with the participating composers, in an informal and personal setting.
• Seminars with other faculty members
The composition department invites guest faculty to their daily seminar to share their experiences with contemporary music to talk about their instruments and play short works written by the composer participants.
Application Deadlines: Early Bird March 15th $25.00, April 15th $50.00
The all-inclusive fee, which includes tuition, dorm-style accommodations and board (three meals per day) is $2,500
For more information about the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival’s composition department, please visit www.zodiacfestival.com.