VIPA Festival 2016 – Call for Scores and Proposals

November 25, 2015 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

2016 Valencia International Performance Academy & Festival – July 6 to 16, 2016 – Valencia, Spain

Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann (Ithaca College, NY)
Rand Steiger (University of California, San Diego)
Stefano Gervasoni, guest composer (Paris Conservatoire)

Lectures on special topics by
César Cano (Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo, Valencia, Spain)
Gregorio Jiménez (Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo, Valencia, Spain)
Additional guest composers and presentations TBA

MIVOS Quartet (NY, USA)
the [Switch~ Ensemble] (NY, USA)
B3:Brouwer Trio (Valencia, Spain)
NOMOS Group (Valencia, Spain)
Erik Drescher, flute soloist (Berlin, Germany)

DEADLINE: January 1, 2016 (without application fee)
Late applications will be accepted until January 15 with an application fee of €25 payable through PayPal to

About the Composition Program:
The second year of the Composition Program at the Valencia International Performance Academy will showcase the music of emerging and established composers and offer qualified composition program participants the opportunity to work with VIPA Composition Program faculty members and featured guest composers in lessons, workshops, masterclasses, and reading sessions. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to work with and have one piece performed by our resident performers at one of the VIPA concerts.

Resident ensembles and soloists include the critically-acclaimed MIVOS Quartet, the [Switch~ Ensemble], NOMOS Group, B3:Brouwer Trio, flute soloist Erik Drescher, and others TBA. VIPA will also offer workshops on contemporary instrumental techniques and notation, orchestration, electronics, and career development. The program will take place within the state-of-the-art facilities of the Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo in the beautiful city of Valencia, Spain. Boasting a breathtaking coastline, a vibrant cultural life and world-class cuisine, Valencia is one of the most sought-after summer destinations in Europe.

VIPA Composition Program accepts submissions for Participants and Auditors: As a composition program participant, you will receive private lessons from each member of the composition faculty in addition to lessons and/or masterclasses with the featured guest composer. Your participation also allows you unlimited attendance to all lectures and workshops, as well as free admission to all recitals, concerts, masterclasses, and participation in reading sessions with the resident ensembles and soloists, as well as collaboration with participants in the contemporary performance program. Each participant will receive a performance of an original composition, ranging from solo to ensemble by one of the ensembles/ performers in residence with support for electronics. You will also be given the opportunity to work with the performers during rehearsals of your piece. All concerts will be professionally recorded. AUDITORS are entitled to observe lessons, classes and all other VIPA events but will not receive lessons or have a work performed. Depending on enrollment, a masterclass for auditors may be offered. This will be announced at a later date.

All application materials are to be sent electronically through the Composition Application Form:

1. CURRICULUM VITAE or RESUME and BIO (include: educational background, schools, teachers, degrees, awards, prizes, previous festivals attended, and any relevant performances and/or professional experience).

2. TWO to THREE (maximum) REPRESENTATIVE SCORES and recordings (if available). At least one of these works must be suitable for performance by one of the soloists or ensembles-in-residence (ranging from solo to the full ensemble) and under twelve (12) minutes in duration. Please refer to the information regarding the ensembles in residence, performers, and equipment available:

    • Opt. A (1-4 players) MIVOS String Quartet, with or without electronics (5 works or proposals will be selected)
    • Opt. B (1-8 players): the [Switch~ Ensemble] – 1 flute (doubl. picc.), 1 clarinet (doubl. e-flat cl., bass cl.), 1 saxophone (doubl. soprano, alto, tenor), 1 violin, 1 violoncello, 1 piano, 1 percussion. Soprano voice, and/or electronics available (*1-2 works or proposals for 6-8 players will be selected, 1-2 works or proposals for 4-5 players, and 3 works or proposals for 1-3 players) Percussion info available on Ensembles in Residence page.
    • Opt. C (1-5 players): NOMOS Group – 1 flute (doubl. picc.), 1 clarinet (doubl. bass cl.), 1 violin, 1 violoncello, 1 piano, without electronics (6 works or proposals will be selected)
    • Opt. D (1-3 players): Brouwer Trio (violin, cello, piano) – (4 works or proposals will be selected)
    • Opt. E (solo flute): Erik Drescher, guest soloist and performance coach, (C flute, alto, bass, and glissando flute available, 3 works or proposals will be selected)

AVAILABLE PERCUSSION for [Switch~ Ensemble] only: Vibraphone, Bass Drum, Frame Drum, 2 suspended cymbals, 2 toms, 2 bongos, 1 trap table. Auxiliary instruments and household items (anything that can easily be transported in a medium suitcase) must be approved on a case by case basis or supplied by composer. Works or proposals that include percussion instruments not listed may be subject to revision or not considered; we may accommodate some minor exceptions if possible. If you have questions, please write to

ELECTRONICS: Works involving electronics are eligible for performance by the Mivos Quartet or [Switch~ Ensemble]. If selected, VIPA will provide equipment for stereo or quad diffusion, including speakers, an audio interface, cables, and six condenser microphones. Composers using electronics will be expected to bring a laptop, all necessary software, and any equipment needed beyond this support, and to run their own patch/software with the technical assistance of one staff member.

3. You may submit an *OPTIONAL* one-page proposal to compose a new work for one of the soloists or ensembles-in-residence. Please see the information listed on the soloists or ensembles-in-residence page for detailed instrumentation available. There are a limited number of spaces available for each ensemble, and approximately 6 to 10 composers will be selected to write new works based on these proposals. Please include your first and second choice for ensemble and instrumentation, as well as a clear concept for the proposed work.

*Application materials need not be anonymous
**PDF, audio, or video files should be uploaded to platforms such as YouTube, Dropbox, Megaupload, etc., or on any personal hosting space. Your materials must be available at the provided URL until at least May 1, 2016.


Active Composition Participant, €1050
Auditor : €100

A non-refundable deposit of €450 is due upon notification of acceptance and will be credited toward tuition.

FELLOWSHIPS: Two fellowships will be awarded in the form of a €400 tuition reduction for composers with expertise in audio engineering, electronics, web design, live sound, video, or other skills applicable to assist with administrative and technical duties throughout the festival such as recording, editing, and mixing recordings, operating Max/MSP patches, live sound engineering, scheduling, formatting of programs, and general organizational tasks.

COMMISSION / AWARD: One participant composer will be selected for a Commission to be premiered either during the 2017 Valencia International Performance Academy & Festival or by one of the ensembles-in-residence at a future date by arrangement. VIPA will assist in providing the performance opportunity, venue, ensemble, and logistical support, but no funds are available for travel or monetary compensation.

SELECTION PROCESS: Members of the composition faculty will review your work and credentials. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by February 15, 2016. Should you be admitted, you must be prepared to submit parts of existing works electronically within *14 days* of the notification of acceptance. Proposals selected for new works will be notified as soon as possible, with scores and parts due by **April 15, 2016**. The composition program will accept a limited number of participants and auditors. All conditions of participation will be specified at the time of notification of acceptance, including the piece selected for performance. Any questions may be directed to:

VIPA Composition Program Poster: