RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Workshop

Deadline: 1 October 2022 17:00

Composition Workshop March 26-March 30, 2023

The RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Workshop will help composers widen their creative perspectives and hone their craft through open rehearsals with guest performers Momenta Quartet and Utari Duo, and seminars with distinguished guest faculty composers George Tsontakis and Melinda Wagner, as well as resident faculty composers Martha Horst, Roy Magnuson, Carl Schimmel, and Alex Stephenson. Invited participants will each compose a 5 to 10-minute piece for one of the guest ensembles. Each composition will be carefully rehearsed during the festival and will be premiered at a formal concert. Each composer will receive a recording of his or her piece. Participants will discuss their compositional ideas, techniques, and aesthetics with the faculty and other fellows. In addition, each student composer will have the opportunity to meet with the faculty composers individually or as part of group lessons or masterclasses. Each day of the festival culminates in an evening concert featuring contemporary music performed by the guest ensembles or members of the School of Music faculty.

How to Apply

Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled as graduate or undergraduate students in spring 2023.
The selected applicants must each compose a new work for Momenta Quartet or Utari Duo.
Submit an ANONYMOUS PDF AND audio file (mp3 or MIDI) of your best work for chamber ensemble.
The submitted PDF and audio files must be free of names and identifying marks.
No application fee is required. However, please note that if you would like to submit your work in the Composition Competition you must submit it again separately via the Composition Competition link on the RED NOTE homepage.


6-8 selected applicants will be notified by email by October 7, 2022.

Score and parts to the new composition must be received by Festival Director Carl Schimmel no later than January 30, 2023. Alternatively, if the composition submitted with your application has not received a previous performance, and is scored for a subset of the available instrumentation, you may request that this piece be rehearsed and premiered in lieu of a new composition.

Please see more info for further information and application details