|The 13th annual composition course this summer as part of the “UPBEAT” International Summer Music School in the town of Milna on the beautiful Adriatic island of Brac in Croatia. The composition course consists of: a series of daily group meetings with Professor Joel Hoffman (left), cultural and outdoor group activities in Milna and nearby on the island of Brac, and final concert of works by course participants. The course will focus on works written for the Milna Ensemble, which consists of the composer-performers who are members of the course.|
Dear students, colleagues and friends,
I’d like to alert you to the 13th annual composition course this summer as part of the “UPBEAT” International Summer Music School in the town of Milna on the beautiful Adriatic island of Brac in Croatia. The dates of the course are 19 through 30 July, 2016. `
The school website is: http://www.upbeat.hr
Milna 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 are a few pictures of Milna: http://www.find-croatia.com/brac/ and more are to be found on the “gallery” page of my website, http://joelhoffman.net
The composition course is designed for composer-performers and consists of:
The daily group meetings consist of the following:
(1) Composition Practicum: Writing for the Milna Ensemble
(2) Improvisation Workshop
(3) Presentations of work and discussions
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.
What to submit?
1. a resume. In the resume, please make sure the following information is included:
2. date of birth, citizenship, mailing address, email address and phone number
3. a score of one original work for a small ensemble scored for 2-15 separate parts. A live or MIDI recording of this ensemble piece is strongly encouraged but not required.
4. a recording of two contrasting pieces 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 information as to the work performed, duration of pieces and when/where the recording was made. Recordings may be either audio or video.
Please submit your materials in the following way:
Once again: the deadline for receipt of all materials is Friday, 4 March, 2016.
Participants accepted into the course will be notified by email no later than 14 March, 2016. At that point, they will also be informed of the available instrumentation available for the course, and will be asked to compose a piece for a specific combination of instruments/voice drawn from from the complete ensemble. Requests for specific instrumentation from among the performing forces available will be honored to the greatest extent possible. At that point, participants will also be asked to confirm their participation in the course by paying the application fee of 30 euros or $40 US via PayPal, sent to Professor Hoffman via firstname.lastname@example.org. By 31 May 2016, the course tuition of 475 euros will be due, 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 application fee is not due UNTIL and UNLESS you are accepted into the course. There is no cost to apply to the program.
It is required that the participants' compositions for the Milna Ensemble 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, 27 May, 2016, 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.
The principal language of the "UPBEAT" International Music Summer School is English. In addition, Professor Hoffman can accommodate students in Italian and French.
Please email me with any questions.
Formatted for CROWN by Marko Puljic