Irish Composition Summer School [39th edition]

Deadline: 10 June 2022 17:00

The Irish Composition Summer School is back with an in-person course in 2022!

We will run at T.U. Dublin Conservatoire from July 5th to 15th.

Prospective participants should be composers at the early stages of their career, and students taking composition and considering it as a career.

Course Directors: Nicola LeFanu and Kevin O'Connell

Guest Directors: Anne-Marie O'Farrell and Ed Bennet

5 Performers: Members of Ficino Ensemble with Anne-Marie O'Farrell (harp) Siun Milne (violin), Macdara Ó Seireadáin (clarinet), Eanna Monaghan (bassoon) Technology director: Ian Brabazon

Admin: Dr John McLachlan

Sponsored by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon Supported by IMRO—the Irish Music Rights Organisation


This year's school will offer a range of lectures, presentations and demonstrations on all aspects of contemporary composition, focusing on writing for any combination of the available forces (violin, clarinet(s), concert harp and bassoon), with optional electronic fixed media. The school offers advice on writing for the instruments, and on all aspects of contemporary art music composition. There is considerable one to one guidance on your piece as your write it, therefore we welcome composers at any stage of their development. At the end of the course, the students' works will be presented in workshop, rehearsed and recorded by the performers. Throughout the course, students will receive guidance from experienced course directors and nationally and internationally renowned composers. This year, the ICSS is delighted to welcome Guest Directors Ed Benne5 and Anne-Marie O'Farrell, who will present seminars on their own work, as well as giving individual tutorials to all students. Due to the limited duration of the course students are expected to come with some sketches/ideas prepared.


The course involves a great deal of individual tuition and so is suitable for a range of music students from postgraduate to undergraduate. The course involves a combination of one-to-one tutorials with the participating composers, and seminars for the whole group. These will cover the major aspects of contemporary composition such as harmony, rhythm, formal structure, the use of music technology and instrumental writing. 

For fees and application details please see the attached pdfPDF iconicss_2022.pdf