Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium (OBFCS) "New Sound Worlds 2018"

Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium (OBFCS)
“New Sound Worlds 2018”

Website: http://iwagemusic.com/
Application Deadlines: April 30, 2018 (final deadline) & April 16, 2018 (early notification)
Entry Fee: 0.00
Symposium Dates: June 28 through July 9, 2018
[Dates may be adjusted for those with scheduling conflicts.]
Inquiries: obfcomposers@gmail.com
Location: University of Oregon School of Music and Dance

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As ever, opportunities abound at the Grammy Award-winning Oregon Bach Festival—and especially this summer, which marks the 25th anniversary season of the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium (OBFCS). As always, the symposium will focus on performances of new music by symposium participants in three series of events: “New Sound Worlds 2018” Series; “Performer’s Showcase” Concert Series; and the popular, late-night “Wild Nights Café” Series. The founder and director of the symposium is Robert Kyr.

Participants may apply in as many categories as they wish with no extra fee: composers, composer/performers (instrumentalists and/or vocalists), performers (instrumentalists and/or vocalists), conductors, ensembles, or auditors. Composers are strongly encouraged to apply as “composer/performers” so that they can participate in the American Composers Ensemble (ACE), which performs the music of symposium participants. ACE will be mentored by our guest artists and by “Performer’s Showcase” artists. In addition, we offer the OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program within the symposium. Music by the composers in this program will be performed by the OBFCS Vocal Fellows, who will be mentored by Estelí Gomez in master classes and rehearsals. Ms. Gomez is a featured soprano with two Grammy-winning ensembles—Conspirare Company of Voices and Roomful of Teeth.
Tuition and living expenses (room and board, including three meals per day) are exceptionally low in order to best accommodate the needs of participants. Accommodations are in the University of Oregon’s beautiful new living facility, Kalapuya Illihi Hall.

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, OBFCS is offering a very special program in summer 2018:

1) PERFORMANCES AND RECORDINGS OF MUSIC BY PARTICIPANTS given in 14 events in three headline series:
• “New Sound Worlds 2018” Series;
• “Performer’s Showcase” Concert Series;
• “Wild Nights Café” Series.

2) COMPOSERS-IN-RESIDENCE—presentations with discussion and focal groups:

• Martin Bresnick (Yale University), who will give presentations (with discussion) to the symposium and meet with composers to discuss their work in focal groups;

• Richard Danielpour (UCLA), who will give presentations (with discussion) to the symposium and have a large-scale, commissioned work premiered by the festival;

• Philip Glass, whose music will be celebrated with two festival concerts and who will meet with participants in a special session.

• Robert Kyr, symposium director, who will give presentations (with discussion) to the symposium and meet with composers to discuss their work.

3) INTERCULTURAL COMPOSITION & PERFORMANCE, Performance & Master Classes:
• THE SOCIETY FOR NEW KOREAN MUSIC (7 composers and 3 performers);
• OBFCS COMPOSERS GAMELAN featuring music by participants, composed and performed at the symposium.

4) OBFCS VOCAL FELLOWS PROGRAM for vocalists, composer/performers, and composers, which will be mentored and directed by Grammy-winning soprano Esteli Gomez, who is the featured soprano with Roomful of Teeth and Conspirare Company of Voices.

5) RENOWNED GUEST ARTISTS, who will give concerts, and mentor and perform music by symposium participants with the American Creators Ensemble (ACE), which is comprised of all of our composer/performers, vocalists, and instrumentalists.

6) CONCERTS BY GUEST ARTISTS FEATURING MUSIC BY PARTICIPANTS:
• Sound of Late (new music ensemble);
• Lisa Moore (piano);
• Estelí Gomez (soprano);
• Molly Barth (flute);
• James Shields (clarinet);
• David Felberg (violin);
• Nancy Ives (cello);
• Pius Cheung (percussion);
• Eriko Daimo (percussion).

7) COMPOSERS FILM FESTIVAL, which gives our participants the opportunity to screen and discuss films that they have scored.

8) OBFCS IMPROVISATION ENSEMBLE, which is comprised of symposium participants, and performs in the “Wild Nights Café” Series.

9) CAREER DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR featuring a panel of our guest artists moderated by Robert Kyr, Symposium Director.

This year marks the 25th anniversary season of the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium (Robert Kyr, founder and director), which has featured George Crumb, Arvo Pärt, John Harbison, Krzysztof Penderecki, Lou Harrison, Stephen Hartke, Chen Yi, Martin Bresnick, Sven David Sandstrom, R. Murray Schafer, Veljo Tormis, Tan Dun, Judith Weir, Osvaldo Golijov, Linda Bouchard, and Steven Jaffe, as its previous composers-in-residence.

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