APPLICATION INFORMATION & FORM
TUESDAY, June 8, 2021
APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED:
FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2021
PLEASE NOTE: The application cannot be saved, so you must complete it in one sitting. However, you may take as long as you wish.
Step I: First, Choose Your Activity Category (or Categories)
Each applicant must apply in AT LEAST ONE of the following categories.
Please note that you may apply to participate in as many categories as you wish with no additional fee. All Composers are strongly encouraged to apply for the category of “composer/performer” so that they will have the option of participating in performance activities during the 2021 virtual symposium.
Category I: Composer (non-performer)
Apply to compose music for one of the three Global Composition Projects and/or to create a song for the International Songbook Project on your own text or a text of your choice. On the application form, you may also apply for the Composers Film Festival so that you can present a film for which you have written music or a film that you have created as a filmmaker. The three Global Composition Projects are:
1) Social & Racial Justice--Collaboration with Fear No Music
2) The Environment & Global Climate Change--Collaboration with Delgani String Quartet
3) Bridging the Divisions in Society--Collaboration with 4 X 5 (piano duo)
Category II: Composer/Performer & Vocal Fellows Program
Apply as a composer/performer for as many of the following options as you wish:
1) to compose music for one of the three Global Composition Projects;
2) to create a song for the International Songbook Project on your own text or
a text of your own choice;
3) to give a live performance of a solo improvisation as part of your presentation for
4) to give a live performance of a solo piece that you have composed for yourself as
part of your presentation for the symposium.
5) to compose and perform a piece in the Vocal Fellows Program, mentored by
Grammy-winning soprano Estelí Gomez, which will be either a solo song
(unaccompanied) or a self-accompanied song;
6) on the application form, you may also apply for the Composers Film Festival
so that you can present a film for which you have written music or a film that
you have created as a filmmaker.
Category III: Performer & Vocal Fellows Program
Apply as a performer for as many of the following options as you wish:
1) As an instrumentalist: Perform a solo improvisation or a pre-composed solo piece
as the focus of your presentation to the symposium.
2) As a vocalist in the Vocal Fellows Program: Perform a solo song (unaccompanied)
or a self-accompanied song, mentored by Grammy-winning soprano Estelí
Category IV: Conductor
If you are a conductor, please apply under Category IV. If you are a conductor/composer, please make sure to also apply under Category I (Composers) as well as Category IV (Conductors).
Category V: Solo Improvisor
Performers and composer/performers may apply as solo improvisors who will improvise a solo piece for their presentation to the symposium.
Category VI: Auditor Only
Anyone may apply as an "auditor only" in order to audit sessions and
to attend events of their choice.
Step II: Before filling out your application, please familiarize yourself with the list of application materials and the instructions below.
1) APPLICATION FORM: all participants, including auditors
The online application is linked below. Please be sure to mark ALL of the categories in which you plan to participate. No additional application materials or prior experience are required to participate in Category V (Improvisation).
2) BRIEF RESUME (at least 1-3 pages): all participants, including auditors
Your resume must be uploaded as a PDF to Dropbox, Google Drive, or another similar file hosting service, and entered into the online application via a link. Please include a list of works (composers and composer/performers) and information about your performing experience, especially in new music ensembles (composer/performers, performers and conductors).
3) SCORES & FILMS:
Composers (Category I) and Composer/Performers (Category II)
All scores must be uploaded as PDFs to Dropbox, Google Drive, or another similar file hosting service, and entered into the online application via a link.
A) Instrumental Music
If you wish to write new music for one of the three Global Composition Projects, then you must submit at least 2-3 representative works, preferably scored for 1-6 players. It is to your advantage to send as much music as possible in several different instrumental combinations.
B) OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program
At the symposium, composer/performers in the Vocal Fellows Program will perform their own music in one or more of the following scorings: a solo song (unaccompanied), a self-accompanied song (new or previously composed), or a song for solo voice with accompaniment provided by the vocalist. If you are a composer/vocalist, you will compose a work for yourself to sing, and if you wish, you will also perform music by other symposium participants in the previously mentioned genres.
If you are a composer/performer interested in participating in the OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program, then for your application, please submit at least 1-2 pieces in any vocal genre, primarily solo voice with accompaniment (piano and/or other instruments), but also music for more than one voice with accompaniment or a cappella. It is to your advantage to send as much music as possible.
C) Composers Film Festival
If you would like to show a film or film(s) at the symposium, then please apply in any or all of the following sub-categories:
1) films or videos for which you have composed music;
2) films that you have created yourself as a filmmaker, for which you may or may not have composed music.
You may provide links to more than one film; you will have the opportunity to provide a link to your film(s) on the application form. Please submit a link to your film via a streaming platform such as Youtube or Vimeo, and note its duration, genre, and any honors received. You may submit as many entries as you wish.
For 2020 applicants attending the 2021 festival, we encourage you to present the film(s) that you already submitted to the 2020 OBFCS, and hope that you will also submit any new films that you have worked on during the past year, including films that you have made as a filmmaker.
PLEASE NOTE: Participation in the Composers Film Festival does not exclude you from having your music performed in the other categories of the symposium as described above.
4) AUDIO and/or VIDEO RECORDINGS: all participants, except auditors
All audio and/or video recordings must be uploaded to a streaming platform such as Youtube or SoundCloud and entered into the online application via a link.
A) Original Music: Composers (Category I) and Composer/Performers (Category II)
If available, please provide a recording of each of your submitted scores (or a MIDI representation if you do not have a live recording).
B) Performing Audition: Composer/Performers (Category II) and Performers (Category III)
Please provide two representative works in contrasting styles (solo and/or ensemble music) that reveal your abilities as a vocalist and/or instrumentalist. It would be helpful if at least one of the pieces that you include is a performance of your own music, but it is not mandatory.
PLEASE NOTE: You may apply as a vocalist, instrumentalist, or both.
Step III: Please Fill Out the Online Application Form and Submit Your Application Materials
Please complete the GoogleForm linked below. If you need to report any trouble completing the online form, please contact Joanne Na, Webmaster, at .
Please submit all application materials by:
APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED:
Friday, June 11, 2021
Questions or Concerns About the Application Process
Please direct any questions about the application process to:
Robert Kyr, Symposium Director
Alexander Johnson, Assistant Director