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Ensemble Evolution | Summer Music 2019

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Featuring a faculty of performers drawn from the ranks of the International Contemporary Ensemble, along with an extraordinary group of composers, improvisers, and conversation partners, Ensemble Evolution explores the evolving range and depth of ensemble playing in the early 21st century. 

Through workshops, performances, collaboration with faculty on newly commissioned works, and group conversation, participants will engage in a holistic approach to making music, building community, and imagining pathways forward for the future of the ensemble. The composition faculty includes internationally renowned composers George Lewis, Liza Lim, Alvin Lucier, Yvette Janine Jackson and Miya Masaoka, and the improvisation faculty includes luminaries Matana Roberts, Peter Evans, Mazz Swift, Levy Lorenzo, Wifrideo Terrazas and Cory Smythe. Ensemble Evolution also welcomes Rania El Mugammar as a conversation partner who will guide discussions and workshops around equity and social responsibility in the music field.

As a part of Ensemble Evolution’s ongoing commitment to the creation of new repertory for a new generation, 2019 Banff Centre-commissioned works by Alvin Lucier, Miya Masaoka and Yvette Janine Jackson will premiere this summer in Banff. 

Over the course of the program, participants will take increasing responsibility for programming, rehearsing, and producing the concerts, resulting in a participant-driven day of performances at the culmination of the program. Ensemble Evolution prepares the 21st century musician by promoting artistic excellence, seeding collaboration, fostering social consciousness and exploring new modes of community-building through music.

What does the program offer?

Ensemble Evolution prepares the 21st century musician by promoting artistic excellence, seeding collaboration, fostering social consciousness, and exploring new modes of community-building through music. 

Participants will present various public and in-house performances — nearly a concert per day — from publicized, ticketed events to participant-driven “throw downs” to simultaneous performances called The Arcades. There will be ample opportunity to perform! Participants will take increasing responsibility for programming, rehearsing, and producing concerts over the three weeks, resulting in a participant-driven day of performances at the residency’s end.  

Participants will also convene in a daily meeting for high-level presentations by select faculty. Presentations will include musical aesthetics, interpretative issues, ensemble management, and issues of equity and social responsibility.  Performance faculty will offer lessons, and composers will receive instruction and mentorship from internationally distinguished composition faculty, as well as have their pieces performed by participants.

Who should apply?

Performers of any instrument or vocal quality along with composers, improvisers, and scholars are encouraged to apply. The successful applicants will be post-secondary students or emerging artists, already at an advanced level of accomplishment and with a well-documented record of musical exploration. Artists from historically underrepresented groups are especially welcomed.

Application Deadline: January 16, 2019

Date: June 24 - July 13, 2019

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Mivos/Kanter String Quartet Composition Prize

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Mivos/Kanter String Quartet Composition Prize 2018

Mivos Quartet is pleased to announce the eighth annual Mivos/Kanter String Quartet Composition Prize. The competition is designed to promote works of talented emerging composers currently residing in the United States. Its winner will receive a $300 cash prize, a $100 travel stipend (if applicable), and a performance of the submitted piece in New York during Mivos Quartet’s 2018-19 season. The Mivos/Kanter Prize is made possible through the generous support of Carl Kanter.

Application Guidelines

Eligibility: Eligible composers are those currently residing in the United States who are in the early to middle stages of developing an international career and for whom this prize would represent a significant career opportunity.

Application Fee: $10. Payment accepted online via PayPal. Please send to mivosquartet@gmail.com and include applicant's name in the subject line.

How to apply: Applications will only be accepted via email to mivoskanterprize@gmail.com.

Composers must include the following materials as email attachments:

• Cover letter (PDF or MS Word format) that includes applicant's name, address, phone number, and email, plus the title, duration, and year of the composition entered.
• Artistic resumé or CV
• Full score (PDF format only, do not include parts): composer's name should not be on the score, as scores will be reviewed anonymously.

It is strongly encouraged that composers also include these additional materials in their application:

        • Audio recording of the piece (MP3  preferable, though MIDI rendering is acceptable)
        • Program notes

Compositions must be scored for two violins, viola, and cello, and may include electronics, amplification, and/or multimedia. Works may not exceed 30 minutes in length.  

Submissions must be time-stamped by July 1, 2018, 11:59pm EST.

The competition will consist of two rounds. Applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of application fee and materials. A maximum of ten finalists will be notified via email by August 15, 2018. Finalists will be required to submit hard copies of their scores and parts via postal mail by September 7, 2018. The winner will be announced on September 30, 2018.

Deadline: 
06/01/2018
Fee Detail: 
$10

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