Symposium Activities

A Summer of Musical Exploration:
Co-Creation & Collaboration

As a diverse community of artists, participants in the 2018 Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium will have many opportunities to participate in a wide range of events, concerts, rehearsals, seminars, master classes, and social gatherings. Participants apply in a variety of categories—composers, composer/performers, performers, Vocal Fellows (singers), and conductors—who collaborate with each other at OBFCS in rehearsing and performing music by symposium composers, as well as music from the contemporary repertoire.

Applicants are encouraged to apply in more than one category and may participate in several different categories during the festival with no additional fees. All composers are strongly encouraged to apply in the category of “composer/performer” so that they can participate in the American Creators Ensemble (ACE), which will enhance their experience as members of an engaged community of collaborative artists.

All Participants Composers Composer/Performers Performers Conductors Auditors Ensemble Applicants

General Activities for All Participants

1) Concert Events: at least 70-80 premieres and performances of music by symposium participants.

• “Performers Showcase” Concert Series
Five concerts featuring Guest Artists. Each concert is curated and performed by a guest artist or ensemble, and features both solo and chamber music.

Lisa Moore, piano
Molly Barth, flute
James Shields, clarinet
Nancy Ives, cello
Estelí Gomez, soprano – Music by symposium participants performed by Estelí Gomez and vocalists in the OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program

• “New Sound Worlds” Series
Concerts or rehearsed readings (workshops) of music by symposium participants featuring the American Creators Ensemble (ACE, the OBFCS Resident Ensemble), Sound of Late (new music ensemble), the Society for New Korean Music, guest artists, and vocalists from the OBFCS Vocal Fellows Ensemble.

•The Society for New Korean Music—“Intercultural Music”
• Sound of Late (New Music Ensemble)
• American Creators Ensemble (ACE)

•“Wild Nights Café” Concert Series – Late-night concerts (beginning at 9:30 or 10:00 pm) featuring music by symposium participants, including a concert featuring the OBFCS Balinese Gamelan playing music composed by symposium participants.

2) Focal group sessions with Martin Bresnick and Robert Kyr, during which participants will present and discuss their music.

3) Two presentations by Martin Bresnick, composer-in-residence, about his music, including open discussion.

4) Two presentations by Richard Danielpour, composer-in-residence about his music, including open discussion.

5) For those who apply for “Symposium Plus”: admission to rehearsals with Philip Glass, composer-in-residence (July 10-12, 2018), and a special session with him about his music, including discussion with symposium participants.

6) Master classes given by Estelí Gomez, guest artist, for the OBFCS Vocal Fellows and all symposium participants.

7) Seminar presentations by our guest artists and “Performers Showcase” artists.

8) Two presentations by Robert Kyr, composer-in-residence and symposium director, about his music, including open discussion.

9) Career Development Seminar

A panel discussion about founding, directing, and maintaining a new music ensemble (including details about commissioning) will be given by guest artists and moderated by Robert Kyr.

10) Free attendance to all symposium events

Including the “New Sound Worlds” Series, the “Performers Showcase” Concert Series, and the “Wild Night Cafes.”

11) Vouchers for free attendance of rehearsals and concerts at the Oregon Bach Festival

Ticket vouchers will be provided to events held at the Hult Center (Silva Hall). [Each voucher is subject to a minimal processing fee upon redemption.]

Additional Activities for All Participants

All symposium participants (all categories) are welcome to apply for all of the items below that interest them.

1) Improvisation Group (Category V on the Application Form)

If you are interested in participating in our group improvisation sessions, please apply under Category V on the application.

2) Balinese Gamelan (Category VI on the Application Form)

Robert Kyr will give instruction in the performance and composition of music for Balinese Gamelan; no experience is necessary in order to participate in this category. If you are interested in playing and composing for gamelan, please apply for this option under Category VI on the application.


Special Opportunities for Composers

To apply as a “Composer,” please fill out the section under Category I on the application form. Please note that you may apply for more than one category for no additional tuition and you are encouraged to apply for ALL of the categories that relate to your interests.

1) Performance of your music

Each composer will have his or her music performed in a concert or a rehearsed reading. Please note that you will either be chosen to compose a new work, or one of your previous compositions will be chosen for performance or rehearsed reading by the OBFCS Guest Artists, “Performers Showcase” artists, OBFCS Vocal Fellows, and/or the American Creators Ensemble (ACE). Thus, your music will be featured on the “New Sound Worlds” Series,” “Performers Showcase” Concert Series, or “Wild Nights Cafes.”

2) Intercultural Composition: “Korean Music Project”

If you are interested in intercultural composition and if you would like to compose a work for traditional Korean instruments and Western instruments, then please apply for the Korean Music Project option on the application form. Please note: Only five composers will participate in the Korean Music Project option and if you are not selected for it, then a different composition of your work will be presented in a concert performance or rehearsed reading by the OBFCS Guest Artists, “Performers Showcase” artists, OBFCS Vocal Fellows, and/or the American Creators Ensemble (ACE).

3) Performing in the American Creators Ensemble (ACE)

You are strongly encouraged to apply as a composer/performer (as described in Category II below). As a composer/performer, you will perform as a member of ACE in performances of music by symposium participants.

4) OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program; Teacher & Mentor: Estelí Gomez

Composers who wish to have a vocal work performed at the symposium should apply for the OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program in addition to applying in Category I (Composers) or Category II (Composer/Performers).

5) Composers Film Festival

Composers who have composed music for film, video or multimedia may submit their films to be shown at the Composers Film Festival that is a part of OBFCS. The showing of each film is followed by a discussion with the audience moderated by Robert Kyr.

6) Recording of your music

All concerts and readings will be professionally recorded and made available to the composer.


Special Opportunities for Composer/Performers

To apply as a “Composer/Performer,” please fill out the section under Category II on the application form. Please note that you may apply for more than one category for no additional tuition and you are encouraged to apply for ALL of the categories that relate to your interests.

1) Performance of your music

Each composer will have his or her music performed in a concert or a rehearsed reading. Please note that you will either be chosen to compose a new work, or one of your previous compositions will be chosen for performance or rehearsed reading by the OBFCS Guest Artists, “Performers Showcase” artists, OBFCS Vocal Fellows, and/or the American Creators Ensemble (ACE). Thus, your music will be featured on the “New Sound Worlds” Series,” “Performers Showcase” Concert Series, or “Wild Nights Cafes.”

2) Intercultural Composition: “Korean Music Project”

If you are interested in intercultural composition and if you would like to compose a work for traditional Korean instruments and Western instruments, then please apply for the Korean Music Project option on the application form. Please note: Only five composers will participate in the Korean Music Project option and if you are not selected for it, then a different composition of your work will be presented in a concert performance or rehearsed reading by the OBFCS Guest Artists, “Performers Showcase” artists, OBFCS Vocal Fellows, and/or the American Creators Ensemble (ACE).

3) Mentoring from our guest artists and “Performers Showcase” artists.

OBFCS guest artists and “Performers Showcase” artists will serve as mentors for ACE performers, as well as coaching them during rehearsals and workshops. For some pieces, guest artists will perform in ensembles that feature ACE members.

4) Performing in the American Creators Ensemble (ACE)

You will perform as a member of ACE (instrumentalist and/or vocalist) in performances of music by participants.

5) OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program; Teacher & Mentor: Estelí Gomez

Composers/Performers who wish to have a vocal work performed at the symposium should apply for the OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program in addition to applying in Category I (Composers) or Category II (Composer/Performers). If you are a Composer/Vocalist (soloist and/or vocal chamber musician), you are encouraged to apply for the Vocal Fellows Program, if it interests you. Please note: The Vocal Fellows Program begins earlier than the symposium and all Vocal Fellows should plan to arrive in time for the first session on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

6) Composers Film Festival

Composer/Performers who have composed music for film, video or multimedia may submit their films to be shown at the Composers Film Festival that is a part of OBFCS. The showing of each film is followed by a discussion with the audience moderated by Robert Kyr.

7) Recording of your music

All concerts and readings will be professionally recorded and made available to the composer.

8) “New Sound Worlds” Series, “Performers Showcase” Concerts, and “Wild Nights Cafes”

You will give performances in one or more of these venues.

9) Perform as a Pre-existing Ensemble

You may apply to perform at the symposium as part of a preexisting ensemble (see How to Apply). Accepted ensembles will be given multiple performance opportunities on concerts during the symposium to present their own music and the music of symposium participants.


Special Opportunities for Performers:
Instrumentalists & Vocalists

To apply as a “Performer,” please fill out the section under Category III on the application form. Please note that you may apply for more than one category for no additional tuition and you are encouraged to apply for all of the categories that relate to your interests. Vocalists are encouraged to apply for the OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program (please see “Special Opportunities for Vocalists” below).

1) Membership as a performer in the American Creators Ensembles (Instrumentalists & Vocalists)

As an instrumentalist and/or a vocalist, you will perform as a member of ACE, including rehearsals, concerts, and readings.

2) OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program; Teacher & Mentor: Estelí Gomez

Vocalists are encouraged to apply for the OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program—Please see “Special Opportunities for Vocalists” below.

3) Mentoring from our guest artists and “Performers Showcase” artists.

OBFCS guest artists and “Performers Showcase” artists will serve as mentors for ACE performers, as well as coaching them during rehearsals and workshops.

4) “New Sound Worlds” Series

ACE performers will participate in the “New Sound Worlds” Series, which will be attended by everyone in the program.

5) “Wild Nights Cafes”

Members of ACE will perform chamber music and participate in improvisation sessions (optional), and are also welcome to play in the Balinese gamelan, which is featured on the last night of the symposium, performing music composed by participants!

6) Perform as a Pre-existing Ensemble

You may apply to perform at the symposium as part of a preexisting ensemble (see How to Apply). Accepted ensembles will be given multiple performance opportunities on concerts during the symposium to present the music of symposium participants.

7) Private Sessions & Public Master Classes with Three Korean Master Musicians: Sumi Kim (Pansori Singer), Eunil Kan (Haegum Player), and Yunjeong Heo (Geomungo Player).

If you are a Pansori Singer, Haegum Player, or a Geomungo Player, then apply for a private session and master class under “Performer” (Category III).


Special Opportunities for Vocalists:
OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program

Vocalists who apply for this program will prepare music by at least two composers who are symposium participants, as well as one repertoire work of their choosing. The Vocal Fellows Program will be mentored by Estelí Gomez in rehearsals and master classes, as they prepare for performances of their three works on symposium concerts. Each vocalist will give at least five performances during the symposium: two performances of each piece by a symposium participant, and one performance of the repertoire piece. The Vocal Fellows will be featured on the “New Sound Worlds” Series and/or the “Wild Nights Café” Series.

Please note: To apply for the OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program, please fill out the section under Category III (“Performers”) on the application form, which includes a special section devoted to the Vocal Fellows Program. Applicants should submit a recording of live performances as specified in the application instructions. In addition, you are welcome to apply for more than one category for no additional tuition and you are encouraged to apply for ALL of the categories that relate to your interests.


Special Opportunities for Conductors

To apply as a “Conductor,” please fill out the section for Category IV on the application form. Please note that you may apply for more than one category for no additional tuition and you are encouraged to apply for ALL of the categories that relate to your interests.

1) Conducting the American Creators Ensemble

You will conduct one or more pieces with ACE or the Vocal Fellows Program, including rehearsals, concerts, and/or readings.

2) “New Sound Worlds” Series

Conductors will direct works by symposium participants on the “New Sound Worlds” Series, which will be attended by everyone in the program.

3) “Wild Nights Cafes”

Conductors will direct works by symposium participants in the “Wild Nights Cafes.” They may also participate in improvisation sessions (optional) and are welcome to play in the Balinese gamelan, which is featured on the last night of the symposium, performing music composed by participants!


Opportunities for Auditors

Auditors are welcome to attend all sessions and events, including the “Performers Showcase” Concert Series, the “New Sound Worlds” Series, “Wild Nights Cafes,” and the Composers Film Festival. Please apply under Category VII on the application.

Application Deadlines:

Early Notification:
Monday, April 16, 2018

Final Deadline:
Monday, April 30, 2018

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by the early notification deadline; we will start to make admissions decisions at that time and promptly notify participants of their status.

Apply to participate for:

All composers are strongly encouraged to apply in the category of “composer/performer” so that they can participate in the American Creators Ensemble (ACE), which will enhance their experience as members of an engaged community of collaborative artists.