Call for young composers
Acclaimed Montreal string quartet, Quatuor Bozzini, will give an intensive workshop on composing for strings from May 3-10, 2016, in Vancouver (B.C.), with a final concert of all the compositions on May 10. Hosted by the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU, the workshop is intended for students who are in undergraduate or graduate composition programs, or who have recently graduated. Besides the quartet, composers Owen Underhill (SFU) and Christopher Butterfield (UVic) will act as mentors.
The goals of the workshop are to improve technical skills for contemporary writing for strings and string quartet, and to provide a supportive environment for visionary compositional ideas. Those accepted to the workshop will be given composition exercises as a starting point for the week’s work, which they will be expected to prepare in advance. Finished works for string quartet are not required by the start of the course.
A public presentation will be held at the end of the week to present work done during the workshop.
Ten composers will be accepted; cost is CAN $750. Participants will be expected to arrange their own travel and accommodation. The program will take place in Simon Fraser University’s new cultural facility, the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, in downtown Vancouver.
Applicants should submit scores and live recordings (if available) of two recent compositions in any genre; a short outline for a creatively ambitious new work for string quartet; and a resumé.
Deadline for applications to be received is Thursday, February 25, 2016. Participants will be announced by early March. Only applications submitted through the online form will be accepted.