The Civic Orchestra Composers Project is a multi-week workshop and performance of new chamber music by emerging professional composers.

The Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, announces the second annual Composers Project, a multi-week workshop and performance of new chamber music by emerging professional composers who are currently residing in the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, or Wisconsin).

Following an application process, up to six composers will be invited to participate in the project during which they will compose new pieces of chamber music, up to ten minutes in length. The three main events of the project requiring the composer’s participation are:

•   a workshop of their piece on Friday, April 7, between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. played by musicians of the Civic Orchestra and facilitated by CSO Mead Composer-in-Residence Samuel Adams as well as conductor Michael Lewanski.
•    a performance of the piece by members of the Civic Orchestra on May 28, 7 p.m. in Buntrock Hall at Symphony Center.
•    a recording session of the piece in Buntrock Hall at Symphony Center on May 31 between 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Composers are invited and encouraged to attend and participate in rehearsals and coachings of their piece which will occur during the weeks of May 15 and 22.

Selected composers will receive a $600 honorarium and two recordings of their piece (one from the live performance, another from the recording session). Additional commissioning opportunities for participating composers may arise as a result of the project.

The Composers Project is presented by the Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in partnership with CSO Mead Composers-in-Residence Samuel Adams and Elizabeth Ogonek, and conductor Michael Lewanski.

ELIGIBILITY
Applicants must be emerging professional composers who are at least 18 years of age as of April 7, 2017, and currently residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, or Wisconsin.

APPLICATION
Applications for this year’s project are now closed. Selected composers will be announced on Monday, December 5, 2016.

TIMELINE

•    Complete applications and portfolio materials must be received by the Civic Orchestra no later than 5pm Central Time on Monday, November 28, 2016.
•    Selected composers will be announced by Monday, December 5, 2016.
•    A workshop of selected pieces, with the composers in attendance, will occur on Friday, April 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Symphony Center. Each composer will have an opportunity to workshop their piece with the Civic musicians who will ultimately perform and record it. The workshop will be facilitated by CSO Mead Composer-in-Residence Samuel Adams and conductor Michael Lewanski.
•    Final scores and parts will be due to the Civic Orchestra no later than Friday, May 5, 2017.
•    Composers are invited and encouraged to attend and participate in rehearsals and coachings of their piece which will occur during the week of May 15 and 22, 2017.
•     A concert of selected pieces performed by musicians of the Civic Orchestra, with the composers in attendance, will take place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at Symphony Center. A reception will follow.
•    A recording session of selected pieces will occur in Buntrock Hall at Symphony Center on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.