As ever, opportunities abound at the Grammy Award-winning Oregon Bach Festival—and especially in summer 2014, when the theme of the Composers Symposium will be the performance of choral and instrumental music by symposium participants in three series of public events: concerts (“New Soundings”); mentored readings and workshops (“Open Ears Workshops”), and improvisation sessions (“Wild Nights Cafes”).
Featured guest artists will include Chen Yi, Composer-in-Residence; Craig Hella Johnson, director of the Conspirare Company of Voices; Fear No Music, and Duo Damiana (Molly Barth, flute and Dieter Hennings, guitar). The primary performing ensemble will be the symposium’s American Creators Ensemble (ACE), which is a chorus and instrumental group formed from the symposium’s participants. The chorus will be mentored by Craig Hella Johnson and the instrumental group will be mentored by Fear No Music and Duo Damiana. Participants may apply as composers, composer/performers, performers, performer/composers, conductors, or auditors.
Esteemed conductor Matthew Halls is the artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival, and more than 30,000 people attend to take advantage of an exciting mix of choral/orchestral masterworks, chamber concerts, talks, a conducting master class, and social events. Although the festival is known for its concerts, education is at its core. This year will mark the twelfth Composers Symposium (Robert Kyr, founder and director), which has featured George Crumb, Arvo Part, John Harbison, Krzysztof Penderecki, Lou Harrison, Stephen Hartke, Martin Bresnick, Sven David Sandstrom, R. Murray Schafer, Veljo Tormis, Tan Dun, Judith Weir, Osvaldo Golijov, Linda Bouchard, and Steven Jaffe as its previous composers-in-residence.