Four Corners Ensemble operation opera Composition Program

Operation Opera is an innovative 7-day festival/institute presenting high-caliber performances of contemporary chamber operas and art songs. Three operas composed for chamber ensembles, and up to ten composers who will create art songs/song cycles with paired singers will be selected through an international call. Together with singers and 4CE musicians, invited composers will participate in a variety of career-enhancing activities at Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA), including composition seminars, lessons and lectures by festival faculty, interactive rehearsals with singers and 4CE musicians, and a final concert-setting performance between June 6th-13th.

Professional recordings of the performances will be made available for composer participants.

Composition Program

Operation Opera is an innovative 7-day festival/institute presenting high-caliber performances of contemporary chamber operas and art songs. Three operas composed for chamber ensembles, and up to ten composers who will create art songs/song cycles with paired singers will be selected through an international call. Together with singers and 4CE musicians, invited composers will participate in a variety of career-enhancing activities at Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA), including composition seminars, lessons and lectures by festival faculty, interactive rehearsals with singers and 4CE musicians, and a final concert-setting performance between June 6th-13th.

Professional recordings of the performances will be made available for composer participants.

Guidelines

Category A- Opera

Submissions are due by February 1, 2022. Results will be announced by March 1, 2022.

Please include a PDF score of the opera, audio file (optional), resume and headshot.

We accept completed chamber operas (a 15-20 minute excerpt or an entire opera if under 20 minutes).

​Instrumentation:

Flute (doubling Piccolo)

Clarinet (doubling E-flat Clarinet and Bass Clarinet)

Violin or Viola

Cello

Piano

*Percussion may be available and will be determined on a case-by-case basis

Category B- Art Songs/Song Cycle

Composers are invited to compose a song or short cycle of songs for singer and piano. Once selected, composers will work with the paired singer / pianist before the festival and over the course of the festival on developing the work for performance.

We accept proposals for art songs and song cycles up to 7-8 min in length, 2 representative scores (including graphic, aleatoric, and/or written performance instructions) and audio recordings, which are to be no longer than 20 minutes in combined duration. One of the scores needs to be for voice.

*Please verify that you have copyright permission for the text you and your vocalist choose.

Instrumentation:

Assigned Vocal Range

Piano

Both Categories A & B- Opera and Art Songs/Song Cycle

​Submissions are due by February 1, 2022. Results will be announced by March 1, 2022.

Travel and Accommodation

Attendance to the Operation Opera Festival in Spokane, WA, is required.

On-campus housing is available from June 6-13 (7 nights, check-in 6th, leave 13th) for the rate of $250

Participants are expected to cover their own travel, room and board. Limited scholarship may be available based on need.

Tuition & Fees

Application Fee – $30 (Due Feb. 1)

Tuition – $500 for programs A OR B ($250 Deposit due Mar. 15 if selected, remainder due May 1)

$750 for programs A AND B ($250 Deposit due Mar. 15 if selected, remainder due May 1)

On-campus housing- $250 (Due upon arrival)

*optional, you may arrange your own housing if needed

Four Corners Ensemble accepts the following payment types:

Venmo: @fourcornersensemble

Quick Pay: fourcornersensemble@gmail.com

Paypal: fourcornersensemble@gmail.com