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 as “Composer/Performers” so that they can participate in the American Creators Ensemble (ACE).
Click on each category below for its description.
Apply to have your works performed or read at the symposium.
Apply to have your works performed or read at the symposium, and to perform in the American Creators Ensemble (ACE) and/or in the OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program.
Apply to perform in the American Creators Ensemble (ACE) and/or the OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program, which will be mentored by our Guest Artists and “Performer’s Showcase” artists.
In order to apply for the OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program, please apply under the “Performers” category (Category III).
Conductors and conductor/composers will conduct the American Creators Ensemble (ACE) and/or OBFCS Vocal Fellows in concerts and rehearsed readings. The repertoire will be music by symposium participants. 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).
Composer/performers (Category II), performers (Category III), conductors (Category IV) & pre-existing ensembles (Category VIII) may apply to participate in our Improvisation Ensemble, which will perform during the Wild Nights Cafes.
All participants may apply to perform in the Balinese Gamelan led by Robert Kyr. Each member of the group will have an opportunity to create a short work for the ensemble (while in residence at the festival) that will be premiered at our final “Wild Nights Cafe.” Places are available at all levels (beginning, intermediate, and advanced) and prior experience is not required.
Anyone may apply as an auditor in order to audit sessions and to attend events of their choice.
Individuals may also apply as members of a pre-existing ensemble of performers or a pre-existing ensemble of composer/performers. If you are interested in applying as an ensemble, then please complete the application as an INDIVIDUAL under “Composer/Performer” (Category II) or “Performer” (Category III), but ALSO indicate your interest in applying as an ensemble under “Ensemble Applicant” (Category VIII). Accepted ensembles will be given multiple performance opportunities during the symposium to present their own music (if they are composer/performers) and the music of symposium participants (if they are composer/performers or performers).
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 are required to participate in Category V (Improvisation) or Category VI (Balinese Gamelan), and no prior experience is required for Categories V and VI.
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).
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 a new piece, or to have a previously composed work performed at the symposium, then you must submit at least 2-3 representative works for any combination of instruments within the American Creators Ensemble (ACE), preferably scored for 1-6 players. It is to your advantage to send as much music as possible in several different instrumental combinations.
Flute (including piccolo and alto flute)
Oboe (including English horn)
Saxophone (including soprano, alto, tenor, and/or baritone)
Clarinet (including bass clarinet)
Bassoon (including contrabassoon)
Trombone (including bass trombone)
Percussion (including vibraphone and/or marimba)
Piano (solo piano pieces are encouraged)
B) OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program
If you are interested in participating in the OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program, then please submit at least 1-2 pieces in any vocal genre, primarily solo voice with accompaniment (piano and/or 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.
Composers who are chosen for this category will have a previously composed work performed at the symposium, or be asked to compose a new work prior to their residency.
C) Korean Music Project 2018: Intercultural Composition
If you would like to be considered to compose a work for the Korean Project, please follow the instructions under ‘A) Instrumental Music,’ and also include a score that demonstrates your interest in the fusion of world and Western instruments. If you have not composed such a work, then please include items in your resume that inform us about your experience in the area of intercultural composition.
PLEASE NOTE: Be sure to apply as a Composer or Composer/Performer IN ADDITION TO indicating your interest in being considered for the intercultural Korean Project.
D) Composers Film Festival
If you have scored a film and would like to be considered to show your work at the symposium, please submit your film via a streaming platform such as Youtube or Vimeo, and note its duration, genre, and any honors received. You may submit more than one entry.
PLEASE NOTE: Participation in the Composers Film Festival does not exclude you from having a new or previously composed work for instruments and/or voices performed!
All audio 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.
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 reveals your abilities as a vocalist or instrumentalist. It would be helpful if 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.
Your video recording must be uploaded to a streaming platform such as Youtube or Vimeo and entered into the online application via a link.
If you are applying to the symposium as a conductor, you may submit an audition video of at least 1-2 representative examples of your conducting, not to exceed 15 minutes in total duration. In the absence of a video recording, an audio recording that represents your conducting abilities is acceptable.
If you choose to include a letter of recommendation, please ask your recommender to send your letter to Robert Kyr, Director of the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, at email@example.com. In the subject of the email, please make sure that your recommender includes your name and the text, “OBFCS recommendation.” Your recommendation will be completely confidential and will only be seen by the director of the symposium.
No additional application materials are required to participate in the residency with Philip Glass. If you would like to attend the residency, simply indicate your interest on the online application. Tickets for the two Glass concerts (July 11 & 12) must be purchased independently on the Oregon Bach Festival website.
PLEASE NOTE: Only twenty participants living in the Kalapuya Illihi Hall will have the opportunity to continue occupancy during July 9-12 based on those who apply first for this option; all other participants in Kalapuya Illihi Hall who sign up for “Symposium Plus,” will need to find their own off-campus housing for July 9-12. Please see “Other Housing Possibilities” on the Tuition and Expenses page for additional housing suggestions.
Please complete the GoogleForm linked below. To request a paper application, or to report any trouble completing the online form, please contact Susanna Payne-Passmore, Webmaster, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please send all application materials by:
(1) EARLY NOTIFICATION: Monday, April 16, 2018 (Receipt Deadline);
(2) FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, April 30, 2018 (Receipt Deadline).
Please direct any questions about the application process to:
Robert Kyr, Symposium Director
Daniel Daly, Assistant to the Director