The 2018 Spectrum Music New Voices Composer Residency
Fresh Sounds from the Next Generation of Contemporary Jazz Writers in Canada.
The NVCR program allows a promising young composer the opportunity to develop and present a new work at an upcoming Spectrum concert through a guided mentorship process. The New Voices Composer Residency is aimed at composers at the high-school and undergraduate levels working in jazz, chamber jazz, and other crossover genres.
Fostering the next generation of contemporary jazz composers
All applicants are invited to attend the two-day workshop. Up to 10 composers will present their works for feedback, each of whom are selected through an application process reviewed by a panel of arts professionals. Chosen participants present their compositions and receive direct feedback from the guest mentor on relevant writing techniques and artistic considerations, as well as valuable insights from their peers.
In an accompanying session, the Spectrum composers will present their own works for the Spectrum collective, and cover a wide range of compositional techniques, artistic considerations, and practical considerations for the various ensembles. This allows the New Voices Composer in Residence candidates a more specific look at the music Spectrum presents and how it gets created.
At the end of the two-day workshop, one individual will be selected as the 2018 New Voices Composer and will be awarded the opportunity to compose a new work for the last concert of Spectrum Music’s season. This individual will also receive a series of private lessons leading up to the concert, and mentorship sessions with the Spectrum composers. The concert will feature works by: Spectrum composers, guests, and the 2018 New Voices Composer.
Application Fee: $0
Application Deadline: November 24th 2017
Participants Selected: January 1 2018
Workshop fee: $40 (open to all applicants)
Workshop dates: January 27 & 28, 2018, 11am-5pm
- Only original works will be accepted, no arrangements
- 2 contrasting works for any instrumentation
- PDF of full score (typed, not handwritten)
- Recording (midi rendering is fine) must be mp3 file
- Short description of each work
- Although lead sheet style compositions will be considered, preference will be given to students who demonstrate the ability to orchestrate for an ensemble of instruments.
All applicants must upload all required materials the Spectrum website and submit the application no later than midnight on Sunday, November 24, 2017 in order to be considered.