Symposium Activities

rehearsal-3A Summer of Musical Exploration

Participants in the 2016 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 are grouped into categories (composers, composer/performers, performers, and conductors).

Applicants are encouraged to apply in more than one category and may participate in several different categories during the festival with no additional fees. Composers are strongly encouraged to apply as composer/performers so that they can participate in the American Creators Ensemble (ACE).

All Participants   Composers   Composer/Performers Performers   Conductors  Optional

General Activities for All Participants

1) Five Symposium Public Concerts

  • New Pathways I: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 (Aasen-Hull Concert Hall)
    “Performer’s Showcase: Sound of Late” — Premieres of music by symposium composers performed by Sound of Late
  • New Pathways II: Friday, July 1, 2016 (Aasen-Hull Concert Hall)
    “Music by Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and David Crumb, Composers-in-Residence — Featuring OBFCS Guest Artists: Estelí Gomez, soprano; Molly Barth, flute; Dieter Hennings, guitar; James Shields, clarinet; Searmi Park, violin; Jeff Zeigler, cello; Pius Cheung, percussion.
  • New Pathways III: Saturday July 2, 2016 (Aasen-Hull Concert Hall)
    “ACE Presents New Music by Symposium Composers” — Featuring the American Creators Ensemble (ACE), OBFCS Guest Artists, and “Performer’s Showcase” artists.
  • New Pathways IV: Sunday, July 3, 2016 (Beall Concert Hall)
    “Estelí Gomez and the OBFCS Vocal Fellows: Music by Symposium Composers”
  • New Pathways V: Monday, July 4, 2016 (Beall Concert Hall)
    “ACE and Friends: New Music by Symposium Composers” — Featuring ACE, OBFCS Guest Artists, and “Performer’s Showcase” artists

2) Focal group sessions with Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and David Crumb, during which participants will present and discuss their music.

3) Two presentations by James MacMillan, composer-in-residence, about his music, followed by open discussion.

4) Two presentations by Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, composer-in-residence, about his music, followed by open discussion.

5) Two presentations by David Crumb, composer-in-residence, about his music, followed by open discussion.

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

7) Seminar presentations by our guest artists and “Performer’s Showcase” artists.

8) Presentation sessions by Robert Kyr, symposium director.

9) Career Development Seminar

A panel discussion about forming and maintaining a new music ensemble (including details about commissioning) will by led by Robert Kyr.

10) Free attendance to all symposium events

Including the “New Pathways” concert series, the “Open Ears Workshops,” and the “Wild Night Cafes.”

11) Free attendance of rehearsals and concerts at the Oregon Bach Festival

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


Special Opportunities for Composers

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, “Performer’s Showcase” artists, OBFCS Vocal Fellows, and/or the American Creators Ensemble (ACE). Thus, your music will be performed on the “New Pathways Concert Series,” “Open Ears Concert and Workshop Series,” or the “Wild Nights Cafe Series.”

2) Performing in the American Creators Ensemble (ACE)

You are strongly encouraged to apply as a composer/performer. You will perform as a member of ACE in performances of music by participants.

3) Recording of your music

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

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

In 2016, the symposium will feature a new program: the 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 will be mentored by Estelí Gomez in master classes and rehearsals, as they prepare for performances of their three works on symposium concerts. Please note: Applicants for this program should submit a performance CD as specified in the application instructions.


Special Opportunities for Composer/Performers

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, “Performer’s Showcase” artists, OBFCS Vocal Fellows, and/or the American Creators Ensemble (ACE).

2) Performing in the American Creators Ensemble (ACE)

You will perform as a member of ACE in performances of music by participants.

3) Recording of your music

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

4) Mentoring from our guest artists and “Performer’s Showcase” artists.

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

5) “New Pathways 2016” Concerts, “Open Ears” Workshops (Rehearsed New Music Readings), and “Wild Nights Cafes 2016”

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

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

In 2016, the symposium will feature a new program: the 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 will be mentored by Estelí Gomez in master classes and rehearsals, as they prepare for performances of their three works on symposium concerts. Please note: Applicants for this program should submit a performance CD as specified in the application instructions.


Special Opportunities for Performers

1) Membership in the American Creators Ensembles (Instrumental or Choral)

You will perform as a member of ACE, including rehearsals, concerts, and readings.

2) Mentoring from our guest artists and “Performer’s Showcase” artists.

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

3) “New Pathways 2016” Concerts

ACE performers will participate in this Concert Series, which will be attended by everyone in the program.

4) “Open Ears” Workshops (Rehearsed New Music Readings) in Aasen-Hull Concert Hall

ACE performers will participate in these workshops.

5) “Wild Nights Cafes 2016” in Collier House

Chamber music performed by members of ACE and improvisation sessions (optional).

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

In 2016, the symposium will feature a new program: the 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 will be mentored by Estelí Gomez in master classes and rehearsals, as they prepare for performances of their three works on symposium concerts. Please note: Applicants for this program should submit a performance CD as specified in the application instructions.


Special Opportunities for Conductors

1) Conducting the American Creators Ensemble

You will conduct one or more pieces with ACE, including rehearsals, concerts, and readings.

2) “New Pathways 2016” Concert Series in Beall Hall

Conductors will participate in this Concert Series, which will be attended by everyone in the program.

3) “Open Ears” Workshops (Rehearsed New Music Readings) in Aasen-Hull Concert Hall

You will conduct one or more pieces with ACE during the Open Ears Workshops.

4) “Wild Nights Cafes 2016” in Collier House

Improvisation sessions and chamber music performed by members of ACE.


Optional Opportunities for All Participants

1) Improvisation Group

If you are interested in participating in our group improvisation sessions, please apply for this option separately.

2) Balinese Gamelan

Robert Kyr will lead the Pacific Rim Gamelan in workshop sessions and a concert. If you are interested, please apply for this option separately.

Application Deadlines:

Early Decision:
Monday, April 11, 2016

Final Application Deadline:
Extended to Monday, May 2, 2016!

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by the early decision deadline; we will start to make admissions decisions at that time.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications will continue to be accepted through Monday, May 2, 2016, which is the extended application deadline.