Shastra Summer Intensive: Composing with Indian Voice

July 1 – August 12, 2018 | Los Angeles, CA

Hindustani vocalist Saili Oak and composer Reena Esmail team up to co-teach a six-week intensive workshop where you will:
• Receive intensive training in the fundamentals of Hindustani (North Indian) classical music.
• Receive instruction on the best practices for working with Hindustani musicians and incorporating elements of Indian music organically into the music you write.
• Compose your own arrangement of a Hindustani bhajan for Indian singer and string quartet.
• Workshop, perform and record this arrangement with Saili Oak and string quartet.
• Future performance opportunities of your arrangement in the US and India by Saili Oak (a number of past participants have enjoyed subsequent performances of their work).

Program Info:

This summer intensive will be comprised of weekly 3-hour lectures and masterclasses by Reena Esmail and Saili Oak from July 1-28, 2018, on Sunday afternoons in Pasadena, CA. A live feed will be offered for online participants. All participants are encouraged to attend a final three-day session, August 10-12, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA, comprised of reading and recording sessions with Saili and string quartet.
Tuition: $675 (covers all class materials and audio recording). Tuition to participate online: $675. Tuition to audit the workshop: $300.

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How to Apply:

Applicants are not required to have any previous training in Hindustani music. However, they must have a working knowledge of Western composition, at least at the undergraduate level. Fill out the application form at and upload 1-2 representative scores in PDF format, and recordings, if available, in MP3 format. Two scores and their respective recordings are encouraged.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 15, 2018. Applicants will be notified by April 1.

15 Mar 2018
U.S. Dollar (USD)