How to Apply


Early Decision: MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016;
Final Application: Extended to MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by Monday, April 25, 2016. However, applications will continue to be accepted through Monday, May 2, 2016, which is the extended deadline.


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 be part of more than one category. 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.

Category I: Composer (non-performer)

Apply to have your works performed or read at the symposium.

Category II: Composer/Performer

Apply to have your works performed or read at the symposium and to perform in the American Creators Ensemble (ACE) or in the OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program.

Category III: Performer, incl. 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. 

Category III: Performer, incl. Vocal Fellows Program

In order to apply for the OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program, please apply under the “Performers” category (Category III).

Category IV: Conductor

Conductors and conductor/composers will apply to conduct the American Creators Ensemble (ACE) in concerts and rehearsed readings. The repertoire will be music by symposium participants. If you are a conductor/composer, please make sure to also apply under Category I (Composers).

Category V: Improvisation Group

Composer/performers and performers may apply to participate in an improvisation group, which will perform during the Wild Nights Cafes.

Category VI: Balinese Gamelan

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.

Category VII: Auditor

Anyone may apply as an auditor in order to audit sessions and attend events of his or her 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

You may apply electronically or by mail (paper). Please be sure to mark all the categories in which you plan to participate.

Please note: 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.

2) Brief Resume: all participants, including auditors

Please include a list of works (composers) and information about your performing experience, especially in new music ensembles (performers and conductors).

3) Scores: Composers (Category I) and Composer/Performers (Category II)

A) Vocal Fellows Program

If you are interested in participating in the vocal section of the symposium, then please submit at least 1-2 pieces in any vocal genre, especially solo voice with accompaniment (piano and/or instruments). (It is to your advantage to send as much music as possible!)

Please note: Composers who are chosen for this category will have a previously composed work performed (solo voice with accompaniment) or be asked to compose a new work prior to their residency.

B) Instrumental

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.

Please note: It is to your advantage to send as much music as possible for as many different instrumental combinations as you want!

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)
Piano (solo piano pieces are encouraged)
Percussion (including vibraphone and/or marimba)
Double Bass

4) Audio Recordings (MP3 or CD): all participants, except auditors

Please submit clearly labeled MP3’s or CD’s (including your name and track listings) that contain the following:

A) MP3 or CD of Original Music: Composers (Category I) and Composer/Performers (Category II)

For MP3’s, please label each item in your list as follows: LAST NAME_Title. If available, please send a recording of each of your submitted scores. You may send more than one CD, if desired. Please be sure to clearly label each CD with your name and the track listings.

B) MP3 or CD of Your Performing Ability: Composer/Performers (Category II) and Performers (Category III)

Please send an audition CD containing 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 (chorus), instrumentalist, or both.

5) DVD Recording (optional): Conductors (Category IV)

If you are applying to the symposium as a conductor, you have the option of submitting an audition DVD including at least 1-2 representative examples of your conducting, not exceeding 15 minutes in total duration. In the absence of a video recording, an audio recording that represents your conducting abilities is acceptable.

6) Letter(s) of Recommendation (optional)

If you choose to send letters of recommendation, please do not send more than two.

7) Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope

If you are sending paper (and/or CD’s) and would like to have your application materials returned to you, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Please note: If you do not send a self-addressed, stamped envelope, your materials will not be returned.

Step III: Please Fill Out the Application Form and Submit Your Application Materials

Option 1: Electronic Submission

If the link below does not work, please manually type the following URL into your web browser:
And please contact Bobby Chastain, Webmaster,

Begin the Online Application

Option 2: Paper Submission

Download Application Form

Please send all application materials by:

(1) Early Decision: Monday, April 11, 2016 (Receipt Deadline);
(2) Extended Application Deadline: Monday, May 2, 2016 (Receipt Deadline).

Please send all paper submissions to:

Robert Kyr, Director
Composers Symposium
School of Music and Dance
1225 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-1225

Questions or Concerns About the Application Process:

Please direct any questions about the application process to:

Robert Kyr