27 February 2014
Opportunity: Soundstream emerging composers' forum - call for scores
UPDATE 1 July: deadline extended to Monday 7 July.
Soundstream Collective invites emerging composers Australia-wide to take part in the 2014 Emerging Composers' Forum. The final selection will take place during a performance in Adelaide on 4 November 2014.
'Australia has a formidable collection of internationally renowned composers. It's vital that we support the next generation of composers through creating professional opportunities in which to practice their art', explains pianist Gabriella Smart, the artistic director of Soundstream Collective and Soundstream: Adelaide New Music Festival.
The Emerging Composers' Forum raises the profile and careers of emerging composers through critical review, public performance, recording and audience exposure to their music. The Forum is organised with the Australian Music Centre as a supporting partner.
The forum will take place in three stages:
Stage One: Call for scores (deadline 7 July 2014)
In the first round of the Forum, composers are invited to submit a new work to be considered for inclusion by a panel of three composers. The work, inspired by the theme 'butterly effect' and of 10-20 min duration, should be written for all or a combination of the following instruments/media: flute (doubling piccolo), clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), piano, violin, cello and percussion, electronics, video.*
Stage Two - Finalists notified (28 July 2014)
Composers whose works are selected will be notified on or before 28 July 2014.
Stage Three - Workshop and performance (Adelaide, 1-4 November)
The selected composers will be brought to Adelaide during this period to participate in rehearsals of their work, and to attend the performance. Following rehearsal, the composers' works will be performed in a concert held on 4th November, performed by the Soundstream Collective.*
The concert will be recorded for broadcast on ABC Classic FM, and composers will receive a digital version of this recording. Commissions of $5000 and $2000 for the creation of a new work and its performance in 2015 by Soundstream Collective will be awarded to two of the composers. In addition, a Composer's Grant - a cash payment of $1500 - has been sponsored by Winston Music.
*Soundstream Collective comprises: Rebecca Johnson, flute, Peter Handsworth, clarinet, Alison Heike, violin, Janis Laurs, cello, and Gabriella Smart, piano.
Eligibility: the Forum is open to Australian citizens and permanent residents who are in the first five years of their professional practice and/or studying at Post-graduate level.
Application materials: 1) All materials must be clearly labeled with your name. 2) All materials must be lodged via email.
What to send:
1) One score for the stipulated combination of instruments in PDF format.
2) A file containing your full name, postal address, telephone number and email address, and if available, the composer's website. Also include a short biography (no more than 80 words) including significant mentors and achievements. Format: PDF or Word document.
3) Proof of Australian citizenship or residence - please include a scanned copy of your ID card or other related proof. Format: JPG or PNG.
All materials must be sent via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: All materials must be received by email on or before 4pm CST, Monday 7 July 2014. Incomplete applications that do not comply with the requirements stated in items 1-3 above will not be considered. All compliant applications will be acknowledged.
Notification of selected composers: applicants will be notified of the result of their application, via e-mail, by Monday 28 July 2014. The number of composers selected is at the discretion of the selection committee.
Workshop and performance dates: 1-4 November. Attendance by selected composers is highly encouraged. Soundstream will pay for finalists' return domestic airfare to Adelaide, accommodation while in Adelaide and attendance at workshops and the final performance. Composers will not be covered for the costs of meals and other incidental costs.
Selection of mentors: The Forum mentors will include two
nationally recognised composers.
Acceptance: by entering their works within the deadline at the address below, the applicant agrees to abide by the requirements of this competition and the decisions of the Selection Committee. No legal action can be undertaken against the organisers.
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