New Music Workshop
Wednesday, June 17–Friday, June 26, 2020
Led by Yale School of Music faculty composer Martin Bresnick, the New Music Workshop nurtures a philosophy of equal collaboration between composers and performers under the supervision of distinguished resident composers and Festival artists. The workshop is interactive in the truest sense, focusing on the process of musical creation and collaboration from concept to concert. Each composer will write a short work and collaborate with performers over the course of the workshop.
Fellows take part in a rigorous regimen of coachings, master classes, rehearsals, discussions, and performances. Ample time is allowed for composing and practicing. Each workshop participant will receive an Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship covering the full cost of tuition, housing, and meals. All compositions are performed and recorded.
In 2020, in honor of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, composers and instrumentalists will workshop world premieres within the framework of Martin Bresnick’s new transcription of Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture.
The 2020 Workshop is open to composers and instrumentalists (clarinet, trombone, violin, cello, double bass, piano, and percussionist).
Aaron Jay Kernis
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How to Apply
The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival–Yale Summer School of Music will accept applications from composers and instrumentalists for the New Music Workshop. Participants are selected on the basis of ability and supporting materials.
Applications will be accepted for: composition, clarinet, trombone, percussion, piano, violin, cello, and double bass.
Session + Application Fee
Application fee: $80 (non-refundable)
Registration fee: $300 (refundable)
- The registration fee is due upon acceptance of the fellowship.
- The registration fee is refundable after completion of the program subject to deductions in the event of damage or loss to any property, non-compliance with any Festival policies, and successful completion of work-study assignments.
All participants will receive an Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship covering the full cost of tuition, housing, and meals.
All materials must be received by the deadline listed above. A complete application must include:
1. Online application form
The application includes sections where you will upload all of your application materials. Applications can be started, and then saved to be continued at a later time.
2. Audition recordings
Composers: Audio or video recordings of three works must be uploaded as part of the application.
Instrumentalists: Only video recordings are accepted.
See Audition Repertoire section for more information on repertoire.
3. Two letters of recommendation
On the application, you will provide your recommenders’ email addresses. Each will receive an automatic email with instructions on how to complete their recommendation. Letters must be written after January 1, 2019.
4. Repertoire list
Composers: A list of works (including instrumentation) you have written. Note if the work has been performed, coached, and/or rehearsed.
Instrumentalists: A list of works (with composers) you have performed, coached and/or rehearsed.
5. Résumé or CV
Résumé or CV should reflect your experience and studies as a composer or instrumentalist. It is helpful to include such information as schools attended, private teachers, performance experiences, music festival experiences, and teaching experiences.
6. Non-refundable $80 application fee
Once the online application is submitted, you will be prompted to submit the application fee.
In addition to all items above, composers must also submit:
7. Scores of three works
Scores must be uploaded as part of the application. Mailed scores will not be returned.
Instrumentalists and composers will audition for the New Music Workshop via recording only. Live auditions will not be held.
The works listed below are recommended repertoire. Repertoire should demonstrate variety and flexibility. A recent recital video may be substituted if the program falls roughly within the guidelines listed below.
Note about recordings: Files must be uploaded as part of the application. Video uploaded to YouTube will be accepted. Recordings of poor quality will not be evaluated.
If you have any questions about repertoire or the technical requirements, please call the Norfolk office at 860 542-3000.
Upload scores and recordings of three works. Scores submitted by mail will not be returned.
Two 20th/21st century works and one non-20th/21st century work. Whenever possible, performers should include an additional sample of chamber music.
Candidates will be notified on or before March 31, 2020, about the status of their application and audition results.
A refundable registration fee of $300 must be paid by credit card within 10 days of acceptance to secure one’s position. The fee will be refunded after completion of the program subject to deductions in the event of damage or loss to any property, or non-compliance with any Festival policies. All fees are required upon acceptance of fellowship.
Fees must be paid by credit card: Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Cash and checks are not accepted.
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