nief-norf Summer Festival Composition Workshop

October 28, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, residencey and summerschool by mwhiteside

The nnSF Composition Workshop offers an intensive experience in chamber music composition, with an emphasis on percussion and currently invites registrations from composers age 18 and over (including undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and professionals). Offered concurrently with the Performance Workshop and Research Summit, the Composition Workshop provides fellows extensive interaction with the faculty, guest composers, and artists, as well as opportunities for hands-on exploration of the large variety of percussion instruments available during the festival.

Composition fellows will compose one work for 2-6 musicians under the mentorship of composition faculty Christopher Adler and 2017 guest composition faculty Marc Mellits & Nina Young, and will work with the performance fellows and faculty on the preparation of their work for performance during the festival. Composers will write for chamber ensemble, percussion ensemble or percussion in combination with other instruments, based on availability. Close interaction with performers will be invaluable for those seeking to gain experience in writing for percussion, while more experienced composers will benefit from the relationships built with dedicated performers of contemporary music. The workshop will admit up to ten composition fellows who will be present for the entire festival.


Composition Fellows will benefit from the following activities:

  • Free admission to all festival activities, including rehearsals, coachings, presentations by guest artists and guest composers, and concerts.
  • Private composition lessons with composition faculty.
  • Seminars on composition for percussion and other instruments, and other special topics on contemporary music, by the festival faculty
  • Opportunity to present to the composition workshop.
  • Opportunities for small-group interaction with guest composers and winners of the international Call for Scores competition.
  • Access to piano practice rooms.
  • Access to percussion instruments for exploration, and frequent opportunities to informally engage with Performance Fellows.
  • Working with Performance Fellows and faculty in the preparation of one original composition (for 2-6 players with instrumentation coordinated with festival faculty based on enrollment, and approximately five minutes in duration, depending on the difficulty).
  • Composition fellows’ works are programmed on the second and third concerts presented by the Performance fellows, and thereby receive ample workshop and rehearsal time on par with all other repertoire presented during the festival.
  • One recorded performance of a completed composition on a public festival concert, and recording of dress rehearsals.

More information http://www.niefnorf.org/composition/