16. – 27.7.2020.
Dear composer colleagues, composition students and friends in the music world,
I’d like to alert you to the 17th annual composition course as part of the UPBEAT International Summer Music School in the town of Sutivan on the beautiful Adriatic island of Brac in Croatia. The dates of the course are Thursday 16 July to Monday 27 July, 2020.
The deadline for receipt of all materials is Friday, 21 February, 2020.
The UPBEAT International Summer Music School website is:http://www.upbeat.hr Sutivan is a beautiful village on the island of Brac. It is reachable by a one-hour ferry ride from the historic Dalmatian port city of Split.
Here is some information and a few pictures of Sutivan:https://www.bracinfo.com/sutivan/
The composition course is designed primarily for advanced undergraduates, graduate students and young professionals, but is open to composer-performers of all ages.
THE COMPOSITION COURSE IS DESIGNED FOR COMPOSER-PERFORMERS AND CONSISTS OF
(1) a series of daily group meetings with Professor Joel Hoffman
(2) cultural and outdoor group activities in Sutivan and nearby on the island of Brac
(3) a final concert of works by course participants, which will be performed by an ensemble consisting of the composer-performers in the course.
The daily morning group meetings consist of the following:
(1) Composition Practicum: Writing for the ensembleThis is the main part of the course, in which students will have composed complete pieces in advance of the course for either the entire ensemble or some part of it. The pieces will be rehearsed and evaluated in depth in a group setting by Professor Hoffman in terms of compositional craft and idiomatic writing for the ensemble. There will be ample time for revision and refinement of the compositions, which will then be performed by the ensemble in the final concerts on 26 and 27 July in Sutivan. (2) Improvisation WorkshopA number of principles of improvisation will be introduced and demonstrated, along with daily group exercises and structured improvisation events by the ensemble. This part of the composition course is also open to other music students taking part in the “UPBEAT” International Summer Music School.
(3) Presentations of work and discussionsParticipants will give presentations of their music and in addition, there will be a number of organized discussions around topics of vital interest to composers and composer-performers.
Afternoons/evenings are devoted to rehearsals, practice time, composing time and outdoor activities in and near Sutivan.The presence of several other UPBEAT courses taking place concurrently with the composition course will give participants the opportunity to meet many talented young musicians from around the world. Many of these musicians will be performing in their own courses’s final concerts which take place every few days throughout the summer. Professors of other courses are on the faculties of institutions such as the Moscow Conservatory, the Helsinki Conservatory, The Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” of Berlin, The Trinity Laban Conservatory in London and many others.
WHAT TO SUBMIT?
Interested composers must send the following materials to Professor Hoffman by Friday, 21 February, 2020:
1. a resume. In the resume, please make sure the following information is included: – composition experience, including works composed with year of composition – list of performances of your works – universities/conservatories attended with dates of degrees earned as composer – names of composition teachers – performance level on your instrument (e.g. intermediate, advanced, professional) – list of repertoire performed on your instrument – list of performances and any awards/competitions won – names of instrumental/vocal teachers – universities/conservatories/music schools attended with dates of degrees earned as instrumentalist/vocalist (if applicable)
2. date of birth, citizenship, mailing address, email address and phone number
3. a score of one original work for a chamber ensemble, either conducted or non-conducted. A recording of this piece is strongly encouraged but not required. A live recording of this piece is preferred but a MIDI recording may also be sent.
4. a recording of two contrasting pieces (by any composers) in which you perform. The pieces may be either solos or ensemble pieces but in the case of the latter, it should be easy to individuate your playing from among the others in the ensemble (i.e. If you are a violinist, please do not submit a work for three violins!). Please make sure you include the following information: name and composer(s) of works performed, duration of pieces and when/where the recording was made. Recordings may be either video (preferred) or audio.
5. A letter of recommendation from a current or former teacher which attests to your experience and achievements as both composer and performer. Please ask your recommender to send his/her letter directly to Professor Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.Please submit your materials in the following way: Send items 1 and 2 to Professor Hoffman by email at email@example.com. Send items 3 and 4 as links via an internet delivery service such as yousendit.com or dropbox.com or soundcloud.com, and make sure that you advise Professor Hoffman by email where and how your materials are available online. Please DO NOT send items 3 and 4 by email. Send item 5 as described above.
The principal language of the UPBEAT International Music Summer School is English. In addition, Professor Hoffman can accommodate students in Italian, French and Chinese.
Timetable:Once again: the deadline for receipt of all materials is Friday, 21 February, 2020.
Participants accepted into the course will be notified by email no later than Friday, 6 March 2020.
By no later than Friday, 13 March 2020, accepted participants will be asked to confirm their participation in the course by paying a deposit of 150 euros or USD$170 via PayPal, sent to Professor Hoffman via firstname.lastname@example.org.
On 16 March, confirmed participants will be informed of the available instrumentation for the course, and will be asked to compose a piece (maximum of seven minutes’ duration) for a specific combination of instruments/voice drawn from the complete ensemble. At that time, confirmed participants will be given the opportunity to request a specific instrumentation from among the performing forces available. Those requests will be honored to the greatest extent possible. Works involving electronics are very welcome but all equipment will have to be supplied by the composer.
By 22 May, the new works to be performed on the final concerts will be completed. It is required that the participants’ compositions will be completed well before the course begins so that the focus during the course can be on revising and refining. Scores and parts should be sent to Professor Hoffman via yousendit.com (or a similar service) no later than Friday, 22 May, 2020, and copies of these should be emailed directly to the new work’s performers at that time to allow sufficient time for individual preparation. It is hoped that the composers will also work on new pieces for the ensemble during the course, which can be rehearsed and discussed along with the previously completed pieces.
By 31 May, the remainder of the course tuition (450 euros) will be due (150 euros deposit + 450 euros tuition = 600 euros total tuition), and will be payable to the UPBEAT International Summer Music School. Instructions for payment of the course tuition will be available on the UPBEAT website. NOTE: Your deposit of 150 euros ($170) is not due UNTIL and UNLESS you are accepted into the course. There is no application fee to apply to the program.
Please email me with any questions.
Special Professor: China Conservatory of Music, Beijing
Professor Emeritus: College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati
15.7. – 25.7.2019.
Ensemles and repertoire will be determined according to level and age of participating students.
Pre-formed ensembles are welcome.
Coaching and rehearsals will culminate in a concert opet to the public at end of the master class.
50 EUR registration fee by May 2019.
200 EUR chamber music tuition fee if paid by June 15, 2019; 250 EUR if paid after 15 June 2019.
Violist Dorotea Vismara has been active in Europe, China, New Zealand, North Americaand South America with the chamber ensembles Piattellina, Onibatan, Leonore Quartetand Gruppo Bruno Maderna. She has also performed in chamber ensembles withmusicians such as Simonide Braconi, Stanley Dodds, Gao Ping, Deborah Hoffman, Timothy Lees, Monika Leskovar, Andrea Nannoni, Momenta Quartet, Parker Quartet, Marco Rogliano, Giovanni Sollima, Martin Stegner, Augusto Vismara, among others, and has recorded for Gasparo Records and for Society of Composers International. Ms. Vismara has been principal violist of the Istituzione Sinfonica Abruzzese, and tenured violist of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. A researcher of new studio teaching methods for violin and viola, her articles and projects have been published in the journals Laboratorio Musica, BeQuadro, In Voce, and by the publisher Curci. Former students of hers are faculty members in music conservatories and members of chamber ensembles and/or symphony orchestras in Italy and the USA. Dorotea Vismara is the President of the Italian Viola Society and a member of the Presidency of the International Viola Society. On the viola faculty at the Conservatori odi Musica “Stanislao Giacomantonio” in Cosenza, she completed her studies in Italy (MM in Viola and MM in Music History) and in the United States (MM in Viola) at the Conservatorio di Musica “Luigi Cherubini” in Florence, at the Università degli Studi di Bologna and at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Piero Farulli, Giuseppina La Face and Masao Kawasaki.
1. – 7.8.2019.
Born in Israel in 1967, Ofer studied with the legendary pedagogue Ilona Feher in Tel-Aviv and later with Professor Dora Schwarzberg in Vienna.He has also been coached by Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zuckerman, Josef Gingold, Menahem Pressler and members of the Guarneri and the Borodin Quartet.As well as teaching at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, Ofer is also a Professor at Trinity College of Music in London. Awarded annual scholarships by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation (1981-1992) for solo and Chamber Music Studies, Ofer has also won numerous prizes in International competitions including the Henryk Szerying special prize in 1993 and top prizes in the Tchaikovsky 10th International Competition in Moscow 1994 and in the Montreal International Violin Competition 1995.In February 2003, Ofer made his debut performance as soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra and was immediately re-invited for subsequent performances. In the UK, he has also performed concerti at the Barbican, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room. He has performed as soloist with most of the major Israeli Orchestras. In Russia, Ofer has performed as a soloist and recitalist in most of the main venues, including the Bolshoi and Mali Theatres in Moscow.His performances were broadcast on both radio and television including BBC Radio 3, German Radio-Berlin, Israeli Radio and Television, Russian State Radio and Television, Canadian Radio (CBC).Ofer is an accomplished chamber musician. He was founder member and leader of the Schidlof Quartet (1994-2001) and the Falk Quartet (2001-2003), performing with such artists as Murray Perahia and Jack Brymer. He has recorded three CDs with the Schidlof Quartet (Linn Records) and one with the Falk Quartet (Black Box Label).Orchestral experience includes two years as leader of the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra (1996-1998). Ofer has frequently appeared as guest leader of the English Chamber Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.“Falk’s touch is as soft as silk. Few Quartets have such a sensitive and lyrical top line.”
(London Evening Standard)
More info coming soon
15.7. – 25.7.2019.
Students of all ages of intermediate to advanced level are accepted.
Participating students should arrive to Milna with at least three different pieces they wish to polish.
A concerto open to the public will close the master class.
Violist Dorotea Vismara has been active in Europe, China, New Zealand, North America and South America with the chamber ensembles Piattellina, Onibatan, Leonore Quartetand Gruppo Bruno Maderna. She has also performed in chamber ensembles with musicians such as Simonide Braconi, Stanley Dodds, Gao Ping, Deborah Hoffman,Timothy Lees, Monika Leskovar, Andrea Nannoni, Momenta Quartet, Parker Quartet, Marco Rogliano, Giovanni Sollima, Martin Stegner, Augusto Vismara, among others, and has recorded for Gasparo Records and for Society of Composers International. Ms. Vismara has been principal violist of the Istituzione Sinfonica Abruzzese, and tenured violist of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. A researcher of new studio teaching methods for violin and viola, her articles and projects have been published in the journals Laboratorio Musica, BeQuadro, In Voce, and by the publisher Curci. Former students of hers are faculty members in music conservatories and members of chamber ensembles and/or symphony orchestras in Italy and the USA. Dorotea Vismara is the President of the Italian Viola Society and a member of the Presidency of the International Viola Society. On the viola faculty at the Conservatorio di Musica “Stanislao Giacomantonio” in Cosenza, she completed her studies in Italy (MM in Viola and MM in Music History) and in the United States (MM in Viola) at the Conservatorio di Musica “Luigi Cherubini” in Florence, at the Università degli Studi di Bologna and at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Piero Farulli, Giuseppina La Face and Masao Kawasaki.
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