UPBEAT International Summer Music School - 2020 Summer Composition Course

Deadline: 21 February 2020 17:00

The composition course is designed primarily for advanced undergraduates, graduate students and young professionals, but is open to composer-performers of all ages.

The course consists of:

(1) a series of daily group meetings with Professor Joel Hoffman
(2) cultural and outdoor group activities in Sutivan and nearby on the island of Brac
(3) a final concert of works by course participants, which will be performed by an ensemble consisting of the composer-performers in the course. 

The daily morning group meetings consist of the following:

(1) Composition Practicum: Writing for the ensemble. This is the main part of the course, in which students will have composed complete pieces in advance of the course for either the entire ensemble or some part of it. The pieces will be rehearsed and evaluated in depth in a group setting by Professor Hoffman in terms of compositional craft and idiomatic writing for the ensemble.  There will be ample time for revision and refinement of the compositions, which will then be performed by the ensemble in the final concerts on 26 and 27 July in Sutivan. 

(2) Improvisation Workshop
A number of principles of improvisation will be introduced and demonstrated, along with daily group exercises and structured improvisation events by the ensemble.  This part of the composition course is also open to other music students taking part in the “UPBEAT” International Summer Music School.

(3) Presentations of work and discussions
Participants will give presentations of their music and in addition, there will be a number of organized discussions around topics of vital interest to composers and composer-performers.

Afternoons/evenings are devoted to rehearsals, practice time, composing time and outdoor activities in and near Sutivan.

The presence of several other UPBEAT courses taking place concurrently with the composition course will give participants the opportunity to meet many talented young musicians from around the world. Many of these musicians will be performing in their own courses's final concerts which take place every few days throughout the summer. Professors of other courses are on the faculties of institutions such as the Moscow Conservatory, the Helsinki Conservatory, The Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” of Berlin, The Trinity Laban Conservatory in London and many others.

What to submit?
Interested composers must send the following materials to Professor Hoffman by Friday, 21 February, 2020:


1. a resume.  In the resume, please make sure the following information is included:
      - composition experience, including works composed with year of composition
      - list of performances of your works
      - universities/conservatories attended with dates of degrees earned as composer
      - names of composition teachers
      - performance level on your instrument (e.g. intermediate, advanced, professional)
      - list of repertoire performed on your instrument
      - list of performances and any awards/competitions won
      - names of instrumental/vocal teachers
      - universities/conservatories/music schools attended with dates of degrees earned as instrumentalist/vocalist (if applicable)

2. date of birth, citizenship, mailing address, email address and phone number

3. a score of one original work for a chamber ensemble, either conducted or non-conducted.  A recording of this piece is strongly encouraged but not required.  A live recording of this piece is preferred but a MIDI recording may also be sent.

4. a recording of two contrasting pieces (by any composers) in which you perform. The pieces may be either solos or ensemble pieces but in the case of the latter, it should be easy to individuate your playing from among the others in the ensemble (i.e. If you are a violinist, please do not submit a work for three violins!).Please make sure you include the following information:  name and composer(s) of works performed, duration of pieces and when/where the recording was made. Recordings may be either video (preferred) or audio.

5. A letter of recommendation from a current or former teacher which attests to your experience and achievements as both composer and performer.  Please ask your recommender to send his/her letter directly to Professor Hoffman at  joel.hoffman@uc.edu.

Please submit your materials in the following way:
Send items 1 and 2 to Professor Hoffman by email at joel.hoffman@uc.edu
Send items 3 and 4 as links via an internet delivery service such as yousendit.com or dropbox.com or soundcloud.com, and make sure that you advise Professor Hoffman by email where and how your materials are available online.  Please DO NOT send items 3 and 4 by email. 
Send item 5 as described above.