Norfolk Chamber Music Festival–Yale Summer School of Music

New Music Workshop

June 17–June 28, 2021

Applications are no longer being accepted for summer 2021. 

Led by Yale School of Music faculty composer Martin Bresnick, the week-long 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. 

Composition fellows take part in a rigorous regimen of coachings, master classes, rehearsals, discussions, and performances. Ample time is allowed for composing. Each workshop participant will receive an Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship covering the full cost of tuition, housing, and meals. All compositions will workshopped, performed, and recorded with the Mammoth Trio  Lisa Moore, Elly Toyoda, and Ashley Bathgate.

The 2021 Workshop is open to composers.

The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival – Yale Summer School of Music is continually monitoring the current health situation in light of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that moving forward with the program is safe and appropriate. We will follow Yale University and CDC recommendations and protocols for safety and preparedness.

festival artists
Martin Bresnick

Martin Bresnick

Charles T. Wilson Professor in the Practice of Composition, Yale School of Music
Director, New Music Workshop, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Photo of Lisa Moore.

Lisa Moore

Piano, Festival Artist, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Elly Toyoda, violin

Elly Toyoda

Violin, Festival Artist, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Cellist Ashley Bathgate

Ashley Bathgate

Cello, Festival Artist, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
The composers’ works are changed and developed throughout the week ... it’s an intense process.

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How to Apply

Applications are no longer being accepted for summer 2021.

The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival–Yale Summer School of Music will accept applications from composers. Instrumental applications will be announced by December 10th. Participants are selected on the basis of ability and supporting materials. 

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.

Requirement Checklist

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
Audio or video recordings of three works must be uploaded as part of the application.

3. Scores of three works
Scores must be uploaded as part of the application. Mailed scores will not be accepted.

4. 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, 2020.

5. Repertoire list
A list of works (including instrumentation) you have written. Please note if the work has been performed, coached, and/or rehearsed.

6. Résumé or CV
Résumé or CV should reflect your experience and studies as a composer. It is helpful to include such information as schools attended, private teachers, performance experiences, music festival experiences, and teaching experiences.

7. Non-refundable $80 application fee
Once the online application is submitted, you will be prompted to submit the application fee.


Audition Repertoire

Composers will audition for the New Music Workshop via recording only. Live auditions will not be held.

Repertoire should demonstrate variety and flexibility. Composers must upload scores and recordings of three works. Scores submitted by mail will not be accepted.

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.


Candidates will be notified on or before March 31, 2021, 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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