As ever, opportunities abound at the Grammy Award-winning Oregon Bach Festival—and especially in summer 2016, when the theme of the Composers Symposium will be the performance of new music by symposium participants in three series of public events: concerts (“New Pathways”), mentored readings and workshops (“Open Ears Workshops”), and improvisation sessions (“Wild Nights Cafes”).
Participants may apply as composers, composer/performers (instrumentalists and/or vocalists), performers (instrumentalists and/or vocalists), conductors, or auditors. This year, composers and performers are welcome to apply for the OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program, which is a new program within the symposium. Music by the participating composers will be performed by the OBFCS Vocal Fellows, who will be mentored by Estelí Gomez in master classes and rehearsals. Ms. Gomez is a featured soprano with two Grammy-winning ensembles—Conspirare Company of Voices and Roomful of Teeth.
Featured guest artists will include James MacMillan, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon (Eastman School of Music), and David Crumb (University of Oregon), Composers-in-Residence; Estelí Gomez, soprano; Molly Barth, flute; James Shields, clarinet; Searmi Park, violin; Jeffrey Zeigler, cello; Dieter Hennings, guitar; and Pius Cheung, percussion. The “Performer’s Showcase” will feature Sound of Late (new music ensemble); pianists Ben Krause and Christina Giuca; and Alexis Evers, flute.
The primary performing ensemble will be the symposium’s American Creators Ensemble (ACE), which is an instrumental group formed from the symposium’s participants. All composers are strongly encouraged to apply as “composer/performers.” ACE will be mentored by our guest artists and by “Performer’s Showcase”
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 thirteenth Composers Symposium (Robert Kyr, founder and director), which has featured George Crumb, Arvo Pärt, John Harbison, Krzysztof Penderecki, Lou Harrison, Stephen Hartke, Chen Yi, 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.