A Summer of Musical Exploration:
Co-Creation & Collaboration

As a diverse community of artists, participants in the 2020 Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium will have many opportunities to participate in a wide range of events, concerts, rehearsals, seminars, master classes, and social gatherings. Participants apply in a variety of categories—composers, composer/performers, performers, Vocal Fellows (singers), and conductors—who collaborate with each other at OBFCS in rehearsing and performing music by symposium composers, as well as music from the contemporary repertoire.

 

Applicants are encouraged to apply in more than one category and may participate in several different categories during the festival with no additional fees. 

 

Composers are strongly encouraged to apply in the category of “composer/performer” so that they can participate in the Artists Collaborative Ensemble (ACE), which will enhance their experience as members of an engaged community of collaborative artists.

General Activities for All Participants

 
1) Concert Events: at least 70-80 premieres and performances of music by symposium participants.
 

• "Special Concert Event: Roomful of Teeth"

A special concert appearance of the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble performing works from their innovative repertoire.

• "Performers Showcase" Concert Series
Several concerts featuring Guest Artists. Each concert is curated and performed by a guest artist or ensemble, and features both solo and chamber music.


"OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program Concerts"

Estelí Gomez, soprano - Vocal music by symposium participants performed by Estelí Gomez and vocalists in the OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program

• “New Sound Worlds” Series
Concerts or rehearsed readings (workshops) of music by symposium participants featuring the Artists Collaborative Ensemble (ACE, the OBFCS Resident Ensemble), Fear No Music, Delgani String Quartet, Trade Winds Ensemble (three new music ensembles), guest artists Libby Van Cleve and David Felberg, and vocalists from the OBFCS Vocal Fellows Ensemble.

• “Wild Nights Café” Concert Series - Late-night concerts (beginning at 10:00 or 10:30 pm) featuring music by symposium participants, including a concert featuring the OBFCS Balinese Gamelan playing music composed by symposium participants.

2) Focal group sessions with Gabriela Lena Frank, Paola Prestini, and Robert Kyr (symposium director) during which participants will present and discuss their music.
3) Two presentations by Gabriela Lena Frank, composer-in-residence, about her music, including open discussion.
4) Two presentations by Paola Prestini, composer-in-residence, about her music, including open discussion.
5) Two presentations by Brad Wells, composer-in-residence, about his music and the work of Roomful of Teeth, the Grammy-winning ensemble that he founded and directs.
6) Open rehearsals (master class format) given by Estelí Gomez, guest artist, for the OBFCS Vocal Fellows, which may be attended by all symposium participants.
7) Seminar presentations and/or panel discussions given by our guest artists, including “Performers Showcase” artists, including a special panel discussion featuring Brad Wells and the vocalists of Roomful of Teeth.
8) Two presentations by Robert Kyr, composer-in-residence (symposium director) about his music, including open discussion.
9) Career Development Seminar

A panel discussion about founding, directing, and maintaining a new music ensemble (including details about commissioning) will be given by members of our ensemble-in-residence and guest artists, moderated by Robert Kyr.

 
10) Free attendance to all symposium events

To all of the events in the “New Sound Worlds” Series, the “Performers Showcase” Concert Series, and the “Wild Night Cafes.”

11) Vouchers for free attendance to particular festival events: rehearsals and selected concerts at the Oregon Bach Festival. 

Ticket vouchers will be provided to selected events held at the Hult Center (Silva Hall). [Each voucher is subject to a minimal processing fee upon redemption.]

Additional Activities for All Participants

Each symposium participants (all categories) is welcome to apply for all of the items below that interest them.

1) Improvisation Group (Category V on the Application Form)

If you are interested in participating in our group improvisation sessions, please apply under Category V on the application.

2) Balinese Gamelan (Category VI on the Application Form)

Robert Kyr will give instruction in the performance and composition of music for Balinese Gamelan; no experience is necessary in order to participate in this category. If you are interested in playing and composing for gamelan, please apply for this option under Category VI on the application.

Composers: Special Opportunities

To apply as a “Composer,” please fill out the Category I section on the application form. Please note that you may apply for more than one category for no additional tuition and you are encouraged to apply for ALL of the categories that relate to your interests.

 

1) Performance of your music

 

Each composer will have his or her music performed in a concert, or in a rehearsed reading. Please note that you will either be chosen to compose a new work, or one of your previous compositions will be chosen for performance or rehearsed reading by the OBFCS Guest Artists, “Performers Showcase” artists, OBFCS Vocal Fellows, and/or the Artists Collaborative Ensemble (ACE). Thus, your music will be featured on the “New Sound Worlds” Series,” “Performers Showcase” Concert Series, or “Wild Nights Cafes.”

 

2) Performing in the Artists Collaborative Ensemble (ACE)

 

Composers are strongly encouraged to apply as a composer/performer (as described in Category II below). As a composer/performer, you will perform as a member of ACE in performances of music by symposium participants, and your own music as well (if you choose to do so). 

 

3) OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program; Estelí Gomez, Teacher & Mentor

 

Composers who wish to have a vocal work performed at the symposium should apply for the OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program in addition to applying in Category I (Composers) or Category II (Composer/Performers).

 

4) Composers Film Festival


Composers who have composed music for film, video or multimedia may submit their films to be shown at the Composers Film Festival that is an integral part of OBFCS. The screening of each film is followed by a discussion with the audience, moderated by Robert Kyr.

 

5) Recording of your music

 

Concerts and readings will be professionally recorded and made available to each composer and other participants.

Composer/Performers: Special Opportunities

To apply as a “Composer/Performer,” please fill out the section under Category II on the application form. Please note that you may apply for more than one category for no additional tuition and you are encouraged to apply for ALL of the categories that relate to your interests.

1) Performance of your music

Each composer will have his or her music performed in a concert or a rehearsed reading. Please note that you will either be chosen to compose a new work, or one of your previous compositions will be chosen for performance or rehearsed reading by the OBFCS Guest Artists, “Performers Showcase” artists, OBFCS Vocal Fellows, and/or the Artists Collaborative Ensemble (ACE). Thus, your music will be featured on the “New Sound Worlds” Series,” “Performers Showcase” Concert Series, or “Wild Nights Cafes.”

2) Mentoring from our guest artists and “Performers Showcase” artists

 

OBFCS guest artists and “Performers Showcase” artists will serve as mentors for ACE performers, as well as coaching them during rehearsals and workshops. For some pieces, guest artists will perform in ensembles that feature ACE members.

3) Performing in the Artists Collaborative Ensemble (ACE)

 

You will perform as a member of ACE (instrumentalist and/or vocalist) in performances of music by participants and/or your own music.

4) OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program; Estelí Gomez, Teacher & Mentor

 

Composers/Performers who wish to have a vocal work performed at the symposium should apply for the OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program in addition to applying in Category I (Composers) or Category II (Composer/Performers). If you are a Composer/Vocalist (soloist and/or vocal chamber musician), you are encouraged to apply for the Vocal Fellows Program, so that you can have one of your vocal works performed, and if you wish, you can be the soloist (or chamber vocalist) in your own work, as well as works by other participants. 

 

5) Composers Film Festival

 

Composer/Performers who have composed music for film, video or multimedia may submit their films to be shown at the Composers Film Festival which is an integral part of OBFCS. The screening of each film will be followed by a discussion with the audience moderated by Robert Kyr.

 

6) Recording of your music

 

All concerts and readings will be professionally recorded and made available to the composer.

7) “New Sound Worlds” Series, “Performers Showcase” Concerts, and “Wild Nights Cafes"

 

You will give performances in one or more of these venues.

 

8) Perform as a Pre-existing Ensemble

 

You may apply to perform at the symposium as part of a pre-existing instrumental, vocal or mixed ensemble (see How to Apply). Accepted ensembles will be given multiple performance opportunities on concerts during the symposium to present their own music and the music of symposium participants.

Performers: Special Opportunities - Instrumentalists & Vocalists

To apply as a “Performer,” please fill out the section under Category III on the application form. Please note that you may apply for more than one category for no additional tuition and you are encouraged to apply for all of the categories that relate to your interests. Vocalists are encouraged to apply for the OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program (please see “Special Opportunities for Vocalists” below).

1) Membership and activities as a performer in the Artists Collaborative Ensemble (Instrumentalists & Vocalists)

As an instrumentalist and/or a vocalist, you will perform as a member of ACE, including rehearsals, concerts, and readings.

2) OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program; Teacher & Mentor: Estelí Gomez

Vocalists are encouraged to apply for the OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program—Please see “Special Opportunities for Vocalists” below.

3) Mentoring from our guest artists and “Performers Showcase” artists

OBFCS guest artists and “Performers Showcase” artists will serve as mentors for ACE performers, as well as coaching them during rehearsals and workshops.

4) “New Sound Worlds” Series

ACE performers will participate in the “New Sound Worlds” Series, which will be attended by everyone in the program.

5) “Wild Nights Cafes”

Members of ACE will perform in music for chamber music and participate in improvisation sessions (optional). They are also welcome to play in the Balinese gamelan, which is featured on the last night of the symposium, when it will perform music composed by participants!

6) Perform as a Pre-existing Ensemble

You may apply to perform at the symposium as part of a pre-existing ensemble (see How to Apply). Accepted ensembles will be given multiple performance opportunities on concerts during the symposium, when they will perform the music of symposium participants.

Vocalists: Special Opportunities - OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program

The Vocal Fellows Program will be mentored by Estelí Gomez in rehearsals and master classes, as each vocal artist prepares for performances of their music on symposium concerts. Each singer will give several performances during the symposium on the “New Sound Worlds” Series and/or the “Wild Nights Café” Series. Each vocalists who applies for this program will prepare music created by composers who are symposium participants, as well as a repertoire work, if they so choose.

Please note: To apply for the OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program, please fill out the section under Category III (“Performers”) on the application form, which includes a special section devoted to the Vocal Fellows Program, which you must also fill out. Applicants should submit a recording of live performances as specified in the application instructions. In addition, you are welcome to apply for as many symposium categories as you wish for no additional tuition. You are encouraged to apply for ALL of the categories that relate to your interests.

Conductors: Special Opportunities

To apply as a “Conductor,” please fill out the section for Category IV on the application form. Please note that you may apply for as many symposium categories as you wish for no additional tuition. You are encouraged to apply for ALL of the categories that relate to your interests.

1) Conducting the Artists Collaborative Ensemble (ACE)

 

You will have the opportunity to conduct one or more pieces with ACE or the Vocal Fellows Program, including rehearsals, concerts, and/or readings.

2) “New Sound Worlds” Series

Conductors will direct works by symposium participants on the “New Sound Worlds” Series, which will be attended by everyone in the program.

3) “Wild Nights Cafes”

 

Conductors will direct works by symposium participants in the “Wild Nights Cafes.” They may also participate in improvisation sessions (optional) and are welcome to play in (and compose for) the Balinese gamelan, which is featured on the last night of the symposium, performing music composed by participants!

Opportunities for Auditors

Auditors are welcome to attend all sessions and events, including the “Performers Showcase” Concert Series, the “New Sound Worlds” Series, “Wild Nights Cafes,” and the Composers Film Festival. Please apply under Category VII on the application.