Bilkent Composition Academy

March 3, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, residencey and summerschool by mwhiteside

18 – 22 June 2017, Ankara

Bılkent Composıtıon Academy

Bilkent Composition Academy is an international summer composition workshop primarily conceived for emerging composers. It aims to create multilayered networks among new music composers, performers, pedagogues, professionals and academics of further music related fields on interdisciplinary basis within Turkey, surrounding geographies, Europe, and worldwide.

The first edition of Bilkent Composition Academy will take place from June 18th to 22nd at the Bilkent University Campus in Ankara. Active participants will have the opportunity to work privately with the renowned composer Mark Andre and collaborate closely with Hezarfen Ensemble. Their works will be realized through daily rehearsals and subsequently performed by the resident Hezarfen Ensemble in the final concert of the Academy.

Additionally, Hezarfen Ensemble will present the “Mark Andre Portrait” as a separate concert event and faculty professors will conduct seminars, workshops, round table discussions and individually tailored classes.

All activities are to be mainly held in English. (Supplementary language will be Turkish.) Activities and results of the Academy will be subject of an audiovisual documentation.

APPLICATION CATEGORIES AND FEES

Any composer or interested person is eligible to apply regardless of age and nationality.
There will be three types of participants: Active, Semi-Active and Passive.

In the application form, applicants should mark all the APPLICATION TYPES that they are interested in.

Active participation
TUITION: 320€

Includes:
– Access to all activities including concerts, masterclasses and workshops, seminars and panels
– Private lesson with the resident professor Mark Andre
– Private lessons with faculty members
– Live performance by Hezarfen Ensemble of his/her own work within the closing concert of the Academy
– Rehearsals with Hezarfen Ensemble
– Professional recording of his/her work
– Six nights stay at the Bilkent University dorms
– 3 meals for the duration of the Academy (5 days)

Semi-active participation
TUITION: 215€

Includes:
– Access to all activities including concerts, masterclasses and workshops, seminars and panels
– Private lesson with the resident professor Mark Andre
– Private lessons with faculty members
– A reading session by Hezarfen Ensemble of his/her own work within a rehearsal
– Recording of the reading session
– Six nights stay at the Bilkent University dorms
– 3 meals for the duration of the Academy (5 days)

Passive participation
TUITION:
160€ with accommodation and meals
80€ without accommodation and meals

Includes:
– Access to all activities including concerts, masterclasses and workshops, seminars and panels
– Private lessons with faculty members (except Mark Andre)
With accommodation
– Six nights stay at the Bilkent University dorms
– 3 meals for the duration of the Academy (5 days)

Please note that all the academic events of the Academy are for participants only. They are closed for the public except concerts.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

Eligibility
Any composer or interested person is eligible to apply, regardless of age and nationality, for any category of the Academy. A composer, interested in active and semi-active categories, applies with one or more pieces among which maximum one may be selected. See details below for score submissions.

The following application materials should be sent only electronically and via e-mail to the following address: bilkentcompositionacademy@gmail.com

Application materials
Application Form – PDF Download Link
Curriculum Vitae
Score of the submitted work (pdf):
– maximum duration: 10 minutes
– must be scored for 1 to 8 players drawn from the following instruments: flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, 2 violins, viola, and cello
– for passive participation, score submission is not compulsory
– Recording optional (mp3) – please use internet services such as wetransfer, dropbox, etc. in order to send audio recordings.

Scores
Applicants of active or semi-active participation should submit a completed original composition for Hezarfen Ensemble. If an applicant submits several scores, only one may be selected for the Academy rehearsals and the closing concert. A separate application form must be filled for each piece by the same composer.

The instrumentation of the composition workshop is as follows:

Flute (also picc, alto)
Clarinet (also bass)
Piano
Percussion (see percussion list below)*
2 Violins
Viola
Cello

* Xylophone, marimba (E2-C7), vibraphone, glockenspiel (with pedal), chimes, crotales (2 octave set with a separate pedal for each octave), flexatone, pair of cymbals, suspended cymbals, hi-hat, sizzle cymbal, china cymbal, finger cymbals, triangle, cowbells, 1 large tam-tam, 1 small gong, 5 temple blocks, maracas, guiro, slapstick, snare drum, bass drum, tom-toms, floor tom, bongos, conga drum. (for further questions and information about the percussion instruments, please contact Hezarfen Ensemble percussionist, Amy Salsgiver – amysalsgiver@yahoo.com)

Submitted works should be maximum 10 minutes in length and scored for any combination of the instruments listed above, 1 to 8 players, with or without a conductor.

All possible instrumental combinations -including solo works, string quartets and the similar- are equally encouraged and considered for active and semi-active participation.

Previously performed pieces can also be submitted.

Application deadline
All application materials should be received by Friday, 21 April 2017 (23:59 GMT +3)

Selection committee
The shortlist will be determined by faculty composers. Final selection will be made by the resident composer Mark Andre.

Notification
Applicants selected for active and semi-active participation will be notified around May 1st, 2017.

Academy tuitions
Upon acceptance to the academy, the selected applicants are required to pay their tuition by May 12th, 2017. The payment form will be sent to the selected applicants after the selection process. Failure to pay the tuition in full by May 12th may result in the loss of your place in the academy. Your place will immediately be offered to the next person in the waiting list. All fees are non-refundable except in cases of emergency.

– Active participation with room and meals: 320€
– Semi-active participation with room and meals: 215€
– Passive participation with room and meals: 160€
– Passive participation without room and meals: 80€

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