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Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute (RSMI) Announces International
Composition Competition with $7,500 in Prizes
and Performance at Ravinia Submission deadline is Feb. 1, 2018
In celebration of 30th anniversary of the summer conservatory Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute (RSMI), where the best young professional musicians from around the world enjoy training with the great teachers and artists of the festival, Ravinia is pleased to announce Bridges: An International Jazz and Classical Fusion Composition Competition. Bridges is an exciting venture into the fusion of jazz and classical music and will exhibit works for string quartet and jazz trio written by young artists, awarding winners the David Baker Prize. The competition and its top prize were devised by the directors of RSMI’s Program for Jazz in honor of the late jazz great who had served as the director of the program since its creation.
In the past, such composers as Ned Rorem, Ramsey Lewis, Aaron Jay Kernis, Jake Heggie, Stephen Paulus and Augusta Read Thomas have been commissioned to write world-premiere pieces for RSMI. Bridges also continues a genre-blending tradition of the past century, from the music of George Gershwin, Kurt Weill, and Darius Milhaud to new pieces Seiji Ozawa brought to Ravinia in the 1960s and, especially, the work of Leonard Bernstein, whose centennial Ravinia will celebrate over the next two seasons.
“For decades, Ravinia’s impressive impresario Edward Gordon and James Levine dreamed of having a college-level conservatory right here at Ravinia, and they made it happen in 1988. We’re here today to launch the 30th anniversary of Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute with this important opportunity for composers,” said Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman. “This competition doesn’t just commemorate an important anniversary, it helps give young professionals a place on the map—if not the world stage—which is precisely what RSMI has been granting singers and instrumentalists for the past three decades.”
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Submissions will be judged by the directors of RSMI’s Program for Jazz: Grammy award–winning pianist Billy Childs, saxophonist Nathan Davis, and bassist Rufus Reid. Bridges winners will have their compositions performed in Ravinia’s prestigious Martin Theatre during a concert on Saturday, June 9, at 8:30 p.m.
Up to three competition winners will be selected, and each will be awarded a prize of $2,500. Entrants must be between ages 18 and 30—the same range as participants in the Program for Jazz—and must submit a new piece written for string quartet and jazz rhythm section at a length of 10 minutes. Submissions must include the full score and all instrument parts and will be accepted between Nov. 1, 2017, and Feb. 1, 2018. Audio and/or video recordings may be included. Complete instructions can be found at www.ravinia.org/page/steans. If there are no submissions that meet the application or judges’ requirements, there will be no winners.
Concert halls, opera houses, orchestras, chamber ensembles and headlines are filled with alumni of Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, the summer conservatory at America’s oldest summer music festival. Each season, talented young musicians from around the world come together at RSMI to make music with an internationally renowned performing faculty. Through the institute’s three programs—Jazz, Piano and Strings, and Singers—these young artists give performances as part of Ravinia’s summer main-stage programming as well as participate in master classes led by musical luminaries and daily solo and ensemble coaching with the faculty in Ravinia’s state-of-the-art Bennett Gordon Hall.
BILLY CHILDS: Billy Childs has emerged as one of the foremost American composers of his era, perhaps the most distinctly American composer since Aaron Copland. Like Copland, he has successfully married the musical products of his heritage with the Western neoclassical traditions of the 20th century in a powerful symbiosis of style, range and dynamism. Childs has garnered 13 Grammy nominations and four awards: two for Best Instrumental Composition (“Into the Light” from Lyric and “The Path Among the Trees” fromAutumn: In Moving Pictures) and two for Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist (“New York Tendaberry” from Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro and “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?” from To Love Again). In 2006, Childs was awarded a Chamber Music America Composer’s Grant, and in 2009 he was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He was also awarded the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award in 2013, and, most recently, the music award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2015.
NATHAN DAVIS: Nathan Davis, born Feb. 15, 1937, is an American hard bop jazz multi- instrumentalist who plays the tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet and flute. Davis is a professor of music at the University of Pittsburgh, where he directs the undergraduate Jazz Studies program and established the PhD program in Jazz Studies. He is chairman and founder of the University of Pittsburgh Annual Seminar on Jazz; founder and director of the University of Pittsburgh International Academy of Jazz; and director of the

University of Pittsburgh Sonny Rollins Jazz Archives. Davis also founded the Jazz Studies program at the Paris American Academy. Davis is listed in Who’s Who in
America (1975), Outstanding Educators of America (1975), 1,000 Successful Blacks (1975), Leonard Feather’s Encyclopedia of Jazz in the Sixties and Seventies (1977), and Who’s Who in the World of Music.
RUFUS REID: Born on Feb. 10, 1944, Rufus Reid was raised in Sacramento, CA, where he played the trumpet through junior high and high school. Upon graduation from Sacramento High School, he entered the United States Air Force as a trumpet player. During that period, he began to become seriously interested in the bass. After fulfilling his duties in the military, Reid decided to pursue a career as a professional bassist. He continued his education at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where he studied with Chicago Symphony Orchestra bassists Warren Benfield and Joseph Guastefeste, the orchestra’s principal. He graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance. Reid created the Jazz Studies & Performance program at William Paterson University, and in 1974 he wrote and published The Evolving Bassist, which continues to be recognized as the industry standard in definitive bass method.

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