Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute and Future Classics! Concert Season 2017/2018
November 6 – 11, 2017
The Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute offers a unique week-long intensive immersion into the world of a major American symphony orchestra. Under the guidance of composer and Institute Director, Kevin Puts, up to seven composers will have orchestral works rehearsed and performed by the Minnesota Orchestra and will participate in a series of seminars on musical, career, and professional development topics. All works selected for the Institute will be performed in a public concert conducted by Music Director Osmo Vänskä on Friday, November 10, 2017, 8 pm.
Composers receive consultations with Puts and Music Director Osmo Vänskä before and after the rehearsals. They also meet with Orchestra members and attend small-group sessions with leading music industry professionals. Composers’ domestic travel and hotel will be provided.
The 15th annual Composer Institute participants are:
“I can’t imagine seven young composers who better represent today’s richly diverse musical landscape,” said Composer Institute Director Kevin Puts. “The “Future Classics” concert on Nov. 10 promises to be an absorbing and deeply moving sonic experience with something for everyone.”
In addition to Puts, other members of the selection committee were Grawemeyer award-winning composer Sebastian Currier, whose brand new work RE-FORMATION was commissioned and will be premiered by Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra on the weekend prior to the Composer Institute (November 2 to 4, 2017); Grammy-winning composer and co-founder of the American Composers Forum Libby Larsen; and acclaimed Wisconsin-born composer Michael Torke, whose music is performed widely by major orchestras and other ensembles worldwide.
In addition to the seven composers chosen to participate in the Composer Institute, the panel named the following composers as alternates: Viet Cuong, Natalie Dietterich, Leanna Primiani and Gity Razaz. In addition, these composers were designated as runners-up: Corey Cunningham, Jonathan Cziner, Paul Frucht, Timothy Page, Benjamin Scheer, Carlos Simon and Alyssa Weinberg. Cited for honorable mention are: Theo Chandler, Yi-Yiing Chen, Chen Yihan, Louis Goldford, Christopher LaRosa, Sky Macklay, Joshua Mastel, Thomas Nazziola, Jules Pegram, Rick Robinson, Will Stackpole and Yiheng Yvonne Wu.
- Entries submitted by mail or means other than electronically will not be eligible for consideration.
- Each applicant is limited to one submission.
- There is no fee to enter the competition.
- In addition to the contact information requested, each applicant must submit:
- A pdf (up to 20 MB) of one orchestral score of a piece written in the last five years.
- An mp3 recording (up to 60 MB) of the same piece, or video footage (up to 500 MB). A midi recording is fine if that’s the only option available.
- A current bio/resumé.
- A program note and information detailing the complete performance or reading history (if any) of the submitted work, including all dates and names of performing ensembles. Also include names of any other orchestra reading or performance programs you have submitted the work to within the 2017-2018 season.
- A complete list (if any) of other orchestral works you have written, with names of works and performing ensembles and dates performed.
- One letter of recommendation from a composition teacher or music professional (send to the e-mail address given below).
- Applicants must be U.S. resident composers at early stages of their careers.
- Composers who have participated in previous Institutes may not reapply.
- Previous applicants: Composers awarded Alternate, Runner-Up, and Honorable Mention status in past years may resubmit works previously entered, or they may choose to reapply with a different work. Composers not awarded this status may not submit previously entered works.
- Only one work per composer will be considered.
- Submitted works may not have received a performance or a reading by a major orchestra (over $3.6M annual budget). Preference will be given to unperformed works.
- Works may be up to 15 minutes in length (sections of longer works will be considered).
- Not eligible are concertos, choral works and works for strings, winds or brass only. Works with electronics will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Only pieces written in the last five years are eligible.
- Applicants may submit orchestrations of older chamber works as long as the
orchestration was completed within the past five years.
- Instrumentation must not exceed: Quadruple winds (doubling can include piccolo, alto flute, English horn, Eflat clarinet, bass clarinet, contra-bassoon), 4 hrn, 4 trpt, 2 trbn, 1 bass trbn, 1 tba, 1 timp, 3 perc, harp, pf/cel (no organ), strings. Works with 4 percussion players will be considered, but if chosen they may have to be reconfigured for 3 players.
Composer participants will be selected by a panel of prominent composers and announced in spring 2017. Selected composers will need to provide performance materials for chosen works – to include three 11×17 printed copies of your score, as well as score and all instrumental parts in print-ready PDF format. Sample parts should be sent to the MN Orchestra Library by June 1, 2017; with final parts and scores to be received at the Library no later than July 1, 2017.
- Entries must be submitted electronically via the link below on or before 11:59pm Central on December 12, 2016.
- Late applications will not be considered.
- Entries submitted by mail or means other than electronically will not be eligible for consideration.
- One letter of recommendation from a composition teacher or music professional should be sent separately to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “(Applicant’s Last Name) – Institute Recommendation” in the subject line. Deadline for letters is 11:59 pm (Central) on December 18, 2016.
Friday, February 3, 2017
- Katherine Balch, Leaf Catalogue
- Michael Boyman, Tightrope Walker
- Judy Bozone, Spilled Orange
- Michael-Thomas Foumai, Music from the Castle of Heaven
- Tonia Ko, Strange Sounds and Explosions Worldwide
- Phil Taylor, Chiaroscuro
- Conrad Winslow, Old Motion Parade
January 29, 2016 Concert
- Kirsten Broberg, Celestial Dawning
- Matthew Browne, Barnstorming Season
- Joshua Cerdenia, Magayon
- Emily Cooley, Scroll of the Air
- Nicholas DiBerardino, Asphodel
- Michael Gilbertson, Sinfonia after Vivaldi
- Anthony Vine, Transmission
January 16, 2015 Concert
- Kati Agócs, Perpetual Summer
- Eugene Birman, Manifesto
- Texu Kim, Splash!!
- Loren Loiacono, Stalks, Hounds
- Evan Meier, Fire Music
- Matthew Peterson, Hyperborea
- Michael Schachter, Freylekhe Tanzen
NOTE: The Composer Institute was on hiatus during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.
January 6, 2012 Concert
- Brian Ciach, Collective Uncommon: Seven Orchestral Studies on Medical Oddities
- Michael R. Holloway, Rhythm: Theta Beta Theta
- Adrian Knight, Manchester
- Hannah Lash, God Music Bug Music
- Andreia Pinto-Correria, Xantara
- Shen Yiwen, First Orchestral Essay
October 29, 2010 Concert
- Taylor Brizendine, Mandragora Officinarum
- Wang Jie, Symphony #1
- Polina Nazaykinskaya, Winter Bells
- Clint Needham, The Body Electric
- Ben Phelps, Overture Maximus
- Narong Prangcharoen, Namaskar
- David Weaver, Mutatis Mutandis
November 21, 2009 Concert
- Angel Lam, In Search of Seasons
- Spencer Topel, Incendio
- Roger Zare, Aerodynamics
- Fernando Buide, Antiphones
- Kathryn Salfelder, Dessin No. 1
- Carl Schimmel, Woolgatherer’s Chapbook
- Geoff Knorr, Shadows of the Infinite
November 7, 2008 Concert
- Antonio Carlos DeFeo, Four Portraits: por los ojos de los niños
- Ted Hearne, Patriot
- Wang Lu, Wailing
- Andrew McManus, Identity
- Justin Merritt, River of Blood
- David Schneider, Automation
- Ming-Hsiu Yen, Yun
October 26, 2007 Concert
- Daniel Bradshaw, Chaconne
- Jacob Cooper, Odradek
- Trevor Gureckis, [Very Large Array]
- Wes Matthews, Terraces
- Elliott Miles McKinley, Moments for Grand Orchestra [University of MN Pennock Participant]
- Xi Wang, Above Light – a conversation with Toru Takemitsu
- Stephen Wilcox, Cho – Han
Dec 1, 2006 Concert*
- Missy Mazzoli, These Worlds in Us
- Stephen Gorbos, Diaphony
- Ashley Nail, …At the end of the tunnel [University of MN Pennock Participant]
- Gregg Wramage, La tristesse durera
- Kurt Erickson, Toccata for Orchestra
- Alejandro Rutty, Tango Loops 2B
- Dan Visconti, Black Bend
- Garrett Byrnes, Solace
- Anna Clyne, <<rewind<<
* This was the first year that the Institute included a public concert.
May 9, 2006 Reading Session
- Norbert Palej, Estampie
- J. Anthony Allen, Sunder [University of MN Pennock Participant]
- Zhou Tian, The Palace of Nine Perfections
- Sean Shepherd, surface tension
- Matthew Fields, Hubble Space Telescope Views
May 11, 2006 Reading Session
- Ed Martin, Surreal Abundance
- Reynold Tharp, Cold Horizon
- Mark Dancigers, Liquid Song
October 28, 2004 Reading Session
- John Christian, Orfe Strateia
- Fang Man, Aqua
October 29, 2004 Reading Session
- Sheridan Seyfried, Subtle Electric Fire
- Patrick Burke, Mood Swing
- Rob Smith, Push
- David Plylar, Classical Walpurgis Night
- Andrew Norman, Sacred Geometry
May 3, 2004 Reading Session
- Gregory Hutter, Electric Traction
- Robert Paterson, Electric Lines
- Anthony Cheung, Symphony No. 1, movements I and III
- William A. Ware, Das juengste Kind
- Philip Fried, Elements 4
May 4, 2004 Reading Session
- Michael Gatonska, Voyage to the Sun
- Mark Koval, Entropy
October 29, 2002 Reading Session
- Orianna Webb, Xylem, for Orchestra
- Todd Coleman, Canti Arioso
- Russell Platt, Love Unlimited
October 30, 2002 Reading Session
- Michael Twomey, Beatitudes: A Suite of Meditations for Orchestra
- Lu Pei, Rhapsody No.1, Dance of the Dragon, “Long Wu,” for Orchestra
October 31, 2002 Reading Session
- Nathan Stumpff, Subtleties Lost, Prelude and Fugue for Orchestra
- Erich Stem, Prelude to Escape
- Christopher Dietz, Sound, Asleep
March 12, 2002 Reading Session
- Mischa Zupko, Canter into Black
- Lisa Bielawa, Roam
- Keith Murphy, Amok
March 13, 2002 Reading Session
- Michael Gatonska, The Whispering Wind
- Gordon Beeferman, Symphony No. 1
March 14, 2002 Reading Session
- Anthony Cheung, Serendipitous Scenes
- Stacy Garrop, Shadow
- Stephan Prock, Garden Varieties, Four Dance Vignettes
Perfect Pitch, Original incarnation of the Composer Institute
November 28, 2000 Reading Session
- James F. Crowley, The Piezoelectric Effect
- Stacy Garrop, Thunderwalker
- Rich Pressley, Then they will look on Me, the one they pierced
November 29, 2000 Reading Session
- Mei-Fang Lin, Fluorescent Orient
- Justin Henry Rubin, Symphonietta I
- Michael Klingbeil, November Gales
October 19, 1999 Reading Session
- Anthony Gatto, Minnesota Dance
- Brian J. Nelson, Symphony No. 1, In the Beginning Was the Word
- Justin Rubin, Passacaglia Tenebrosa
- Geoffrey Gordon, Mis en scene
- Paul Paccione, small, still voices
November 10, 1998 Reading Session
- Erika Foin, Three Movements for Orchestra
- Nathaniel Riley, Reflections for Orchestra
- Philip Fried, Elements for Orchestra
- Peter Lothringer, Origin Unknown
- Mark Warhol, Orchestral Suite No. 2
- Carl Witt, Work in Progress
April 14, 1998 Reading Session
- Anthony Gatto, SpleenTongue (and other parts of an opera)
- David Schober, Impure Elements
April 15, 1998 Reading Session
- Michael Wittgraf, A Marriage of Seasons
- Melissa M. Hannah, Symphony in One Movement
October 23, 1996 Reading Session
- David Schober, Cell 264
- David Evan Thomas, Elegy for a Singer
- Russell Platt, Landscape
- Michael Wittgraf, Event
- Michael Karmon, …And the Rhythm Is Just A Little Bit Off…
April 29, 1996 Reading Session
- Carol Barnett, Overture to a Greek Drama
- David Evan Thomas, When Reason Sleeps, the Sirens Sing
- Thomas E. Fitch, Untitled #74: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
- Paul A. Suskind, Fantasy-Variations on a Fragment by Schoenberg
- Keith M. Bradshaw, Symphony No. 1 – Maestoso
- Randall Stokes, Edgewood Faire