The nnSF Composition Workshop offers an intensive experience in chamber music composition, and currently invites applications from composers age 18 and over (including undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and professionals). Offered concurrently with the Performance Workshop, Music Technology Workshop, and Research Summit, the Composition Workshop provides fellows extensive interaction with the faculty, guest composers, and artists, as well as opportunities for hands-on exploration of the large variety of percussion instruments available during the festival.

Composition fellows will compose one work for 2-6 musicians under the mentorship of composition faculty Christopher Adler and 2018 guest composition faculty Sidney Marquez Boquiren, and will work with the performance fellows and faculty on the preparation of their work for performance during the festival. Composers will write for chamber ensemble, percussion ensemble or percussion in combination with other instruments, based on availability. Close interaction with performers will be invaluable for those seeking to gain experience in writing for specific instruments, while more experienced composers will benefit from the relationships built with dedicated performers of contemporary music. The workshop will admit up to ten composition fellows who will be present for the entire festival.

Composition Fellows will benefit from the following activities:

  • Admission to all festival activities, including rehearsals, coachings, presentations by guest artists and guest composers, and concerts.
  • Private composition lessons with composition faculty.
  • Seminars on composition for percussion and other instruments, and other special topics on contemporary music, by the festival faculty
  • Opportunity to present to the composition workshop. 
  • Opportunities for small-group or individual interaction with guest composers and winners of the international Call for Scores competition.
  • Access to piano practice rooms.
  • Access to percussion instruments for exploration, and frequent opportunities to informally engage with Performance Fellows.
  • Working with Performance Fellows and faculty in the preparation of one original composition (for 2-6 players with instrumentation coordinated with festival faculty based on enrollment, and approximately five minutes in duration, depending on the difficulty).
  • Composition fellows' works are programmed on concerts presented by the Performance fellows during the second week of the festival, and thereby receive ample workshop and rehearsal time on par with all other repertoire presented during the festival.
  • One recorded performance of a completed composition on a public festival concert, and recording of dress rehearsals.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018 Composition Workshop.
Please check back in the fall for news about the 2019 festival.