"Crosscurrents 2007:
Making Music Together"

Thursday, June 28 to Tuesday, July 10, 2007
University of Oregon School of Music

 

Each applicant must apply in one or two categories as outlined below...

Deadline for Receipt of Materials: For all Participants (Categories I, II, III & IV): Due to a large amount of interest, the deadline has been extended to Tuesday, April 24, 2007. For Auditors (Category V): Tuesday, May 22, 2007. If you wish to apply for the symposium after the April 24 deadline, please contact Robert Kyr as soon as possible at (541) 346-3766 or rkyr@uoregon.edu

If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact Robert Kyr via e-mail (rkyr@uoregon.edu).

Martin Bresnick - Symposium Composer-in-residence Lisa Moore - Symposium Composer-in-residence
Martin Bresnick
Symposium Composer-in-residence
Lisa Moore
Symposium Artist-in-residence

 


A Message From Robert Kyr, Symposium Director

Performances and Artistic Opportunities For:
Composers, Composer/Performers & Pianists

From Thursday, June 28 to Tuesday, July 10, 2007, the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium will present "Making Music Together" which will feature composer-in-residence Martin Bresnick and artist-in-residence, pianist Lisa Moore.

In a departure from our previous format, ALL Participants will be directly involved as composers and/or performers in our three-concert "CROSSCURRENTS" series, and our "WILD NIGHTS Improv Cafes." The focus of this year's symposium will be on the music of the participants -- both composers and composer/performers.

GENERAL COMPONENTS: FOR EVERYONE...

Each participant (and auditor) will participate in the general components of the symposium, as follows:

  1. DAILY SEMINARS FEATURING A PRESENTATION BY EACH COMPOSER about his or her music;
  2. TWO SEMINAR PRESENTATIONS GIVEN BY MARTIN BRESNICK (composer-in-residence) about his own music and selected topics, including the music of Ligeti;
  3. A FOCAL GROUP WITH MARTIN BRESNICK (4-5 participants each) during which composers will discuss their works with him;
  4. A PRESENTATION SESSION WITH ROBERT KYR, Symposium Director;
  5. PERFORMANCES OF ALL PARTICIPANTS' MUSIC ON SYMPOSIUM EVENTS during a three-concert series:
    • "1st CROSSCURRENTS 7/7/7: The Piano Reborn" (10:00-noon in Beall Hall, July 7, 2007);
    • "2nd CROSSCURRENTS 7/7/7: The Gates of Paradise" (2:00-4:00 in Beall Hall, July 7, 2007) featuring Martin Bresnick’s multimedia work "The Gates of Paradise" and music by Ligeti and symposium participants;
    • "3rd CROSSCURRENTS 7/7/9: East Meets West" (7:30-9:30 in Beall Hall, July 9, 2007).
  6. PERFORMANCES BY PARTICIPANTS AT THREE “WILD NIGHTS IMPROV CAFES” (10:30 until midnight on July 6, 7 & 8 at the Collier House Performance Space).
  7. FREE ATTENDANCE of rehearsals and concerts at the Oregon Bach Festival for which ticket vouchers are provided. [Each voucher is subject to a $2 processing fee upon redemption.]

ACTIVITY CATEGORIES: APPLY FOR ONE OR TWO...

In addition, each applicant must apply in ONE or TWO of the following categories as his or her performance-based activity or activities:

  1. PARTICIPANTS/Category I — COMPOSERS MASTER CLASS WITH LISA MOORE–Composers will submit a piano work to be performed by Lisa Moore or by one of the pianists chosen for the pianists master class (see #2 below). Each composer will attend a rehearsal of the work and the concert performance which will be professionally recorded. Composers may submit a previously composed piano work, or apply to compose a new work that will be given its world premiere at the symposium in Beall Hall.
  2. PARTICIPANTS/Category II — PIANISTS MASTER CLASS WITH LISA MOORE–Pianists and composer/pianists will prepare a performance of a work composed by one of the participants (or composed by themselves), which they will play for a master class with Lisa Moore, and then, on one of the Crosscurrents concerts in Beall Hall. The master class and their concert performance will be professionally recorded. [Lisa Moore will perform at least three works by symposium participants.]
  3. PARTICIPANTS/Category III — IMPROVISATION GROUP–Composer/performers (and composers) will apply to participate in an improvisation group. The groups will work together during the symposium (under the guidance of Robert Kyr) and perform in the WILD NIGHTS Improv Cafes (10:30 until midnight on July 6, 7 & 8) at the Collier House Performance Space.
  4. PARTICIPANTS/Category IV — COMPOSERS GAMELAN–Composers will apply to perform in the "Composers Gamelan" (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) which will be premiered on the final concert of the CROSSCURRENTS series. Places are available at all levels (beginning, intermediate and advanced) and prior experience is not required.
  5. PARTICIPANTS/Category V — AUDITOR–Anyone may apply as an auditor for the general symposium components and/or any of the categories above (that is, Categories I-IV).
PLEASE NOTE: Each applicant may apply for MORE THAN ONE category, if you wish, with no increase in tuition. Each applicant will be selected for ONE or TWO of the categories.

TUITION/FEES...

We have kept the cost of the symposium exceptionally low: tuition is $475 for Participants in any combination of Categories I-IV, and $375 for Auditors (Category V); room and board (prices include 3 meals per day) is $51 per day for a double room ($612 total for 12 nights) and $62 per day ($744 total for 12 nights) for a single room in Barnhart Hall (“The University Inn”).

DEADLINES...

Due to a large amount of interest, the deadline has been extended to Tuesday, April 24, 2007 (receipt of materials) for all Participants, although applications will be accepted for consideration on a first-come-first-served basis until Tuesday, May 22, 2007. [Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by April 24, if possible.] If you wish to apply for the symposium after the April 24 deadline, please contact Robert Kyr immediately at (541) 346-3766 or rkyr@uoregon.edu.

"HOW TO APPLY" & APPLICATION FORM...

For application information, please see "How to Apply" on this website, which also includes an application form that you must submit with your materials.

MAKING MUSIC TOGETHER...

I hope that you will join us for twelve inspiring days during which we will celebrate YOUR music through a host of activities–concerts featuring artist-in-residence Lisa Moore and symposium participants, improvisation sessions ("WILD NIGHTS Improv Cafes"), and performances of the Composers Gamelan. The symposium will give you an opportunity to interact with Martin Bresnick, our composer-in-residence, and to connect with composers and performers from around the world in a truly innovative musical environment.

All the best,
Robert Kyr
Director,
Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium
rkyr@uoregon.edu