2021 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute
Application deadline: September 14, 2020 (11:59 PM CST)
The Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute offers a unique week-long intensive immersion into the world of a major American symphony orchestra culminating in a concert performance and live broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio. Under the guidance of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and Institute Director, Kevin Puts, up to seven composers will have orchestral works rehearsed and performed by the Minnesota Orchestra and will participate in a series of seminars on musical, career, and professional development topics in collaboration with American Composers Orchestra. All works selected for the Institute will be performed in a public concert conducted by Music Director Osmo Vänskä on Friday, May 14, 2021.
Composers receive consultations with Puts and Music Director Osmo Vänskä throughout the week, and also meet with Orchestra members and attend small-group sessions with leading music industry professionals. Composers’ domestic travel and hotel will be provided.
More information about the Composers Institute: https://minnesotaorchestra.org/community-education/lifelong-learning/composer-institute
Entries must be submitted electronically via this application form on or before 11:59pm Central on September 14, 2020. Entries submitted by means other than the application form will not be eligible for consideration.
• Each applicant is limited to one submission.
• There is no application fee.
In addition to the contact information requested, each applicant must submit on the application form:
• A pdf of one orchestral score (score may be hand-written.)
• A current bio or resumé.
• A program note and information detailing the complete performance or reading history of the submitted work, including all dates and names of performing ensembles.
• A complete list of other orchestral works you have written, with names of works and performing ensembles and dates performed.
• U.S. applicants must be either a U.S. citizen or non-citizen lawfully and permanently residing, or studying full-time, in the United States. DACA-status composers are invited to apply.
• Composers must have had fewer than two pieces performed by a professional symphony orchestra.
• Submitted works may not have received a performance or a reading by a major orchestra (over $3.6M annual budget). Preference will be given to unperformed works.
• Composers who have participated in previous Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institutes may not reapply.
• Only one work per composer will be considered.
• Works must be for full orchestra. Works with soloists, instrumental and/or vocal, in addition to orchestra are eligible. Works with electronics will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Works with chorus are not eligible.
• Works of any length will be considered.
• Instrumentation must not exceed: Quadruple winds (doubling can include piccolo, alto flute, English horn, Eflat clarinet, bass clarinet, contra-bassoon),4 hrn, 4 trpt, 2trbn, 1 bass trbn, 1 tba, 1 timp, 4perc, harp, pf/cel (ie. one player) (no organ), strings.
All scores are rated numerically on criteria such as originality, technical proficiency, and orchestration. Finalists are selected by a panel of three mentor composers and Institute Director, Kevin Puts. From these finalists, Kevin Puts and other Minnesota Orchestra artistic personnel determine up to seven composers to participate in the Institute.
Selected composers will be announced in November 2020.
Selected composers will need to provide performance materials for chosen works – to include three 11x17 printed copies of your score, as well as score and all instrumental parts in print-ready PDF format. Sample parts from each section, including the percussion score, and harp part, should be sent to the Minnesota Orchestra Library by January 4, 2021; with final parts and scores to be received at the Library no later than February 1, 2021.
• Late, incomplete, and ineligible applications will not be considered.
• Live or midi recording of score is welcome, but by no means required.
• The quality of the score submitted is the primary evaluation criterion. It is therefore in the applicant's best interest that the score be clear, accurate, and the best representation of the composer's work. The additional background and educational information requested is for eligibility and documentation purposes; this information is not considered in the general review of scores.
Further information: contact Aiden Feltkamp, Director of Emerging Composers and Diversity, American Composers Orchestra, email@example.com