Los Angeles, California
Application deadline: March 1, 2002
In September 2002,
the Los Angeles Philharmonic
presents Synergy: Composer & Conductor, an intensive workshop,
in collaboration with the American
Symphony Orchestra League, American Music Center (AMC), and the
of Southern California Flora L. Thornton School of Music. The workshop,
for up to four selected conductors and composers, culminates with a
live concert performance of the participants' work on September 26.
& Conductor is a unique performance opportunity, bringing composers
and conductors together with full orchestra to hone their skills in
a practical setting. The program offers rehearsal coachings and composition
masterclasses led by Esa-Pekka
Salonen, an internationally recognized composer and the music director
of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Up to six additional composers and
six conductors will be selected to participate as auditors.
During the workshops,
each of the four conductors will rehearse a work by one of the four
composers. The session will culminate in a public concert of the featured
works by an orchestra comprised of musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic
and the USC Thornton School of Music Symphony.
includes the Philharmonic's associate conductor Miguel
Harth-Bedoya, Philharmonic Consulting Composer for New Music Steven
Stucky, and selected Philharmonic musicians. The League and AMC
will offer a professional development curriculum for participating conductors
for this project has been provided by the Geraldine C. and Emory M.
will be selected through competitive application by a panel administered
by the AMC, with final decisions being made by Esa-Pekka Salonen.
- Applicant must
be either a U.S. citizen or non-citizen lawfully residing in the U.S.
- Applicant should
be at the early stages of his/her career, with demonstrated orchestral
technique but without a significant amount of professional orchestral
- Applicant should
have completed an undergraduate degree by September 2002.
- There are no
Submit the Following
Materials together in one package:
- A completed,
signed application form (available as PDF; download
- One orchestral
score. This is the primary work to be considered for workshop and
performance. Restrictions on this work are as follows:
- Length: Maximum
maximum: winds at 3,3,3,3; brass at 4,3,3,1; timpani; 3 percussion;
1 harp; 1 keyboard; strings.
- Concertos or
other works requiring soloists are not eligible.
- Clearly label
your name and title of the work on the cover.
- Do not send
- In reference
to the above work, submit:
- One-page program
note for the work
- One-page performance
history for the work, including ensembles and dates of performance
- Recording of
this work on CD or cassette (if available). Cue the cassette or
mark the time on the CD label at the point you wish listening to
commence. Label the recording with the names of the conductor and
orchestra. MIDI or synthesizer realizations are acceptable.
- A score of one
other work, with recording (if available). For the recording, use
the same guidelines as above. This may be an orchestral work or a
work in another genre. The purpose of this work should be to further
demonstrate your range of skills, compositional technique and breadth
or bio, including educational background, major teachers, awards and
- A complete list
- A self-addressed,
stamped envelope for the return of materials (AMC is not responsible
for lost or damaged materials).
- Complete applications
must be received at the American Music Center by MARCH 1, 2002.
- Incomplete, illegible,
and/or late applications will not be considered.
- Applicants will
be notified of their status by June 1, 2002.
- Composers accepted
for participation must be available for the entire duration of the
project. Synergy will provide accommodations in Los Angeles for full
- The AMC requests
that interested composers submit a letter of intent to apply by February
American Music Center
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For more information,
contact Philip Rothman, Manager of Grantmaking Programs at the American
Music Center at 212.366.5260, x 29 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Salonen, the tenth conductor to head the Los Angeles Philharmonic,
began his tenure as Music Director in October, 1992. Salonen made his
American debut conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in November 1984,
and he has conducted the Orchestra every season since. Among the many
highlights of Salonen's activities with the Philharmonic have been world
premieres of new works by composers John Adams, Bernard Rands, Rodion
Shchedrin, Steven Stucky, and Salonen himself, well-received Ligeti
and Stravinsky Festivals, appearances at the Ojai Festival, seven critically
acclaimed international tours since 1992, and his extensive discography
with the Orchestra for Sony Classical. Salonen was born in Helsinki,
Finland in 1958. He made his conducting debut with the Finnish Radio
Symphony Orchestra in 1979, and he has been one of the world's most
sought-after conductors since his debut in London with the Philharmonia
Orchestra in September 1983. He served as principal guest conductor
of the Philharmonia of London from 1985 to 1994 and as principal conductor
of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1985 to 1995.
Each year since
its founding in 1919, the Los
Angeles Philharmonic has been hailed as Southern California's
leading performing arts institution. Today, under the dynamic leadership
of Esa-Pekka Salonen, who became the orchestra's tenth music director
in 1992, the Philharmonic is recognized as one of the world's outstanding
orchestras. Both at home and abroad it has, as the Berliner Zeitung
stated, "proved that it belongs among the best in the United States."
This is a view shared by the more than one million Southern Californians
who experience performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic each year.
There is a 30-week winter subscription season at the Dorothy Chandler
Pavilion, and a 12-week summer festival at the legendary Hollywood
Bowl, where "Music Under the Stars" has been a popular tradition
since 1922. But the orchestra's involvement with Los Angeles extends
far beyond regular symphony concerts in a concert hall. It embraces
the schools, churches, and neighborhood centers of a huge and vastly
diverse community. In fact, the Los Angeles Philharmonic devotes much
of its energy and resources to ensuring that its presence is felt in
every corner of Los Angeles.
Symphony Orchestra League provides leadership and service to
American orchestras while communicating to the public the value and
importance of orchestras and the music they perform. Founded in 1942
and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League serves more than 850 member
symphony, chamber, youth, and collegiate orchestras of all sizes. The
League links a national network of thousands of musicians, conductors,
managers, board members, volunteers, staff members, and business partners,
providing a wealth of services, information, and educational opportunities
to its members. Membership in the League is open to orchestras, individuals,
students, other arts organizations and non-profits, businesses serving
orchestras, volunteer associations, libraries, and career centers.
Music Center is a national service and information center for new
music. For more than 60 years the AMC has been a leader in the creation
of a variety of innovative new programs and services including: NewMusicBox.org,
an award-winning monthly internet magazine for new American music; a
series of Professional Development Workshops presented across America;
and the monthly Opportunity Update, a listing of opportunities including
calls for scores, competitions, and other new music performance information.
Each year, AMC's Information Services Program fields over 35,000 requests
concerning composers, performers, data, funding, and support programs.
The AMC awards over $1.5 million annually through its grantmaking programs
including the Copying Assistance Program, the Aaron Copland Fund for
Music programs and the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust's Live Music
for Dance Program.
Flora L. Thornton School of Music brings together a distinguished
faculty of world-renowned teachers and musically gifted students from
around the globe. It is in this wonderfully diverse cultural milieu
that students are offered instruction in virtually all professional
and scholarly branches of music, including instrumental performance,
voice, opera, composition, scoring for motion pictures and television,
choral and sacred music, music education, jazz studies, early music
performance, recording arts and music industry. The Thornton School
is consistently rated among the top 1% of the nation's music schools
and conservatories. In addition, the School produces more than 500 concerts
annually on the University Park Campus and in venues throughout Southern