Call for young composers
Where: School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University (SFU), Vancouver
When: May 8 to 16, 2017
Who: Acclaimed Montreal string quartet, Quatuor Bozzini, will give an intensive workshop on composing for strings. Hosted by the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU, the workshop is intended for students who are in undergraduate or graduate composition programs, or who have recently graduated. Besides the quartet, composers Owen Underhill (SFU) and Christopher Butterfield (UVic) will act as mentors.
The goals of the workshop are to improve technical skills for contemporary writing for strings and string quartet, and to provide a supportive environment for visionary and experimental compositional ideas.
Those accepted to the workshop will be given composition exercises and 1 “free-choice” piece as a starting point for the week’s work, which they will be expected to prepare in advance. Finished works for string quartet are not required by the start of the course.
A public presentation will be held at the end of the session to present work done during the workshop.
Ten composers will be accepted; cost is CAN $800. Participants will be expected to arrange their own travel and accommodation. The program will take place in Simon Fraser University’s new cultural facility, the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, in downtown Vancouver.
Applicants should submit 1) scores and 2) live recordings (if available) of two recent compositions (if possible one chamber music,) 3) a short outline for a creatively ambitious new work for string quartet and 4) a resumé, to: email@example.com (see details below). Deadline for applications to be received is February 10, 2017. Participants will be announced by early March.