Summer Composition Institute

Harvard College, Office for Sponsored Programs, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

For the second time since 2012, the Summer Composition Institute of the Harvard University Music Department hosts its International Summer Residency for Composers of New Music – supported by Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation. A gathering of twelve young composers, chosen through a competitive selection process, will take place in 2014 in two of New England's best known sites: Concord's historic Colonial Inn and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During the first week of the two-week residency, composers will meet with the composition faculty for individual lessons and meet each other in organized one-on-one sessions to discuss their compositions. Furthermore, each composer will offer a presentation before the entire group, introducing his or her music for feedback and discussion. During the second week of the residency, these activities will continue, supplemented by lectures on notation, instrumental techniques, and the full practical application of compositional knowledge and realization through intense and focused rehearsals as the New York City based Talea Ensemble joins the residency in Harvard University’s historic John Knowles Paine Concert Hall. Here the musicians will prepare two full-evening concerts of twelve world premiere pieces that the composers have written commencing eight months prior to the public event. Works involving electronic setups will be welcome. Additionally, during the last days of the residency, forums and colloquia for open discussion will take place focusing on some of today's most pressing aesthetic issues and the new technologies. Admission to the concerts and discussions is free to the public. 

August 11–25, 2014
Harvard University and other venues in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA 

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