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Programs


composition
performance
conducting
auditor/groupie

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Programs


composition
performance
conducting
auditor/groupie

 

The Cortona Sessions offers 3 programs for participants to choose from:

COMPOSITION
(open to composers age 18 and up)

PERFORMANCE
(open to wind/string instruments / percussionists / pianists / vocalists age 18 and up)

CONDUCTING
(fellowship program open to conductors age 18 and up)

AUDITOR/GROUPIE
(open to anyone wishing to attend the Sessions without professional obligations)

 
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Composition


composition program

Composition


composition program

The Cortona Sessions Composition Program is designed to provide composers with high-quality premiere performances in conjunction with a valuable and educational professional experience. Students accepted as participants into the composition program will enjoy the following:

  • world premiere of 1 new work written expressly for the Cortona Sessions
  • possible opportunity to compose an additional work(s)
  • opportunity to participate in the Iron Composer Competition
  • group lessons with Cortona Sessions composition faculty
  • one-on-one coachings with performers
  • opportunity to present their music in symposiums throughout the festival
  • interact with guest composers from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation
  • round-trip train to Florence for excursion
  • valuable friendships and professional development

The 2017 Cortona Sessions will accept a small number of composers, age 18 and over as of the start of the festival.

Accepted participants will be asked to compose one new work for soloist or ensemble consisting of participating performers and faculty to be premiered at the Cortona Sessions. Works must be submitted by May 29 to be guaranteed performance at the Sessions. Works received after this date will not be guaranteed performances. Composers may also have the opportunity to submit pre-existing compositions for possible performance during the Sessions. 

 

Instrumentation Possibilities for Compositions:

TBA after attendance confirmed


The Cortona Prize

Composers are invited to apply for the Cortona Prize. Click here for info.


The Cortona Sessions Iron Composer Competition

Each year, the Cortona Sessions holds a fun, exciting, and pencil-breaking Iron Composer Competition. The competition is in multiple rounds which give composers 30 minutes to an hour to compose one-minute works for either soloists or duos. The compositions are distributed blind to Sessions performers who race off to learn them in 30 minutes and return to perform. Sessions faculty serve as judges, tallying the scores and the ultimate winner earns the esteemed title of Cortona Sessions Iron Composer. Past Iron Composers include:

2016:  Jack Yarbrough
2015:  Kerrith Livengood
2014:  Dana Malseptic
2013:  Dakota Wayne
2012:  Dave Waugh
2011:  Ramteen Sazegari
2010:  Leo Hurley & Christopher Prosser (tie)

 

2016 COMPOSITION FACULTY

SUZANNE FARRIN
FORREST PIERCE


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

deadline:  February 13, 2017 (email)
eligibility:  all composers age 18 and over
application fee:  $25 (paid online via PayPal)
tuition:  $2,050USD (paid online via PayPal - can be paid in installments with authorization)

 

tuition includes:

  • 14 nights in Hotel Oasi Neumann w/breakfast 
  • round-trip train to Florence
  • attendance/participation in all festival events

 

additional/supplemental cost  

single room:  $300
wine tour:  €150 (paid in Cortona - cash preferred)

 

application form

Please complete and submit the online application form.

 

supplemental materials

In addition to the application form, please submit the following:

  • recordings of 2 works performed in the last 3 years (submitted electronically via email or dropbox)
  • 2-3 sample scores (submitted electronically in .pdf format)
  • contact info for a recommendor who can comment on the applicant in both professional and social settings

email all supplemental materials to: 
info@cortonasessions.org

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Conducting


conducting fellowship

Conducting


conducting fellowship

The Conducting Fellowship Program at the Cortona Sessions for New Music is returning for the 2017 Sessions. Fellowships will be awarded to up to 4 conductors based on submitted audition materials. Conducting Fellows will receive a scholarship of $850, reducing tuition for the Sessions to $1,200. Opportunities for Conducting Fellows will include:

  • conduct at least one world premiere ensemble work with Sessions performers/faculty
  • conducting lessons/classes with Chris Younghoon Kim
  • conduct at least one work for small ensemble from the new music 'canon' featuring Sessions performers/faculty

All Conducting Fellows will have the opportunity to enjoy all other aspects of the Sessions, including the excursion to Florence (round-trip train provided), and all other concerts, classes, and events. More specifics about the Fellowship will be provided following the application process.

 

2017 Conducting Faculty

Chris Younghoon Kim

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

deadline:  February 13, 2017 (email)
eligibility:  all conductors age 18 and over
application fee:  $25 (paid online via PayPal)
tuition:  $1,200USD

paid online via PayPal - can be paid in installments w/authorization

 

tuition includes:

  • 14 nights in Hotel Oasi Neumann w/breakfast 
  • round-trip train to Florence
  • attendance/participation in all festival events

 

additional/supplemental cost  

single room:  $300 (for saxophone sessions, $210)
wine tour:  €150 (paid in Cortona - cash preferred)

 

application form

Please complete and submit the online application form.

 

supplemental materials

In addition to the application form, please submit the following:

  • a video or links to videos demonstrating your conducting ability - at least three contrasting pieces (one should be from the 20th/21st Century)

  • current CV

  • repertoire list

  • contact info for a recommendor who can comment on the applicant in both professional and social settings

email all supplemental materials to: 
info@cortonasessions.org

 
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Performance


performance program

Performance


performance program

The Cortona Sessions Performance Program is open to vocalists and performers on ANY INSTRUMENT (except brass) age 18 and over.

Performers with all levels of contemporary music experience are encouraged to apply. Accepted performers will will be assigned new compositions written by participating composers for both solo and ensemble premieres. Each performer will receive private or group lessons with the performance faculty. Throughout the Sessions, performance participants will:

  • premiere new works by festival composers alongside other participants and faculty
  • perform in masterclasses/lessons with Cortona Sessions faculty
  • collaborate in coachings with composers
  • participate in Cortona Sessions Contemporary Performance Competition (see below)
  • develop their contemporary performance skills through lectures and private lessons
  • receive round-trip train tickets to Florence for excursion
  • have opportunities to perform and demonstrate significant works from the traditional contemporary repertoire
  • perform in the Iron Composer Competition
 

2017 Performance Faculty

baritone:  Jeffrey Gavett
flute:  Sarah Brady
clarinet:  Gregory Oakes
saxophone:  Geoffrey Deibel
violin:  Ari Streisfeld
cello:  Kivie Cahn-Lipman
piano:  Michael Kirkendoll
percussion:  Ji Hye Jung

 

other members of the Cortona Collective
clarinet:  Michael Norsworthy
saxophone:  h2 Quartet
(Geoffrey Deibel, Jeffrey Loeffert, 
Kimberly Goddard Loeffert, Jonathan Nichol)
piano:  Amir Khosrowpour
mezzo-soprano:  Rachel Calloway
soprano:  Laura Bohn
soprano:  Sarah Tannahill Anderson


Cortona Contemporary Chamber Music Initiative

The Cortona Sessions Contemporary Chamber Music Initiative (CCMI) is a program designed to encourage pre-formed chamber ensembles to attend the Sessions. Ensembles will have new works written expressly for their ensembles which they will premiere at the Sessions. They will also have the opportunity to perform works from their repertoire on a special profile concert during the Sessions. In addition, all ensemble members will have the opportunity to perform additional premieres as soloists or in mixed ensembles with faculty and other participants. Ensembles will receive reduced tuition, special coachings, and all benefits of attending the Cortona Sessions. Participating ensembles will leave the Sessions with the title Ensemble Fellow of the Cortona Sessions.

Past Ensemble Fellows
2016:  Semiosis Quartet - www.semiosisquartet.com


CORTONA SESSIONS CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE COMPETITION

In 2012, the Sessions established its first Contemporary Performance Competition. This competition provides performance participants with the opportunity to play major works from the 20th/21st Centuries in an encouraging competition setting. The primary intention of the the competition is to encourage future collaboration between Cortona Sessions Fellows. The winner of the Cortona Sessions Contemporary Performance  Competition receives the Hiebert Prize:

  • a cash prize (amount TBD)
  • a commission sponsored by the DuoSolo Foundation - the winner will commission a composer in attendance at theSessions for a new work, with the composer's commissioning fee covered by the DuoSolo Foundation.



REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS:

ll participants in the competition will perform two works (see below). Memory is NOT required. All works must be for SOLO INSTRUMENT ALONE, except for vocal works which may have piano accompaniment.** No electronic pieces will be allowed.

Work 1:  Must be composed between 1940-1990
Work 2:  Must be composed between 1980-present*

  • Manuscript scores, new works, and works by colleagues or emerging composers are welcome.
  • Vocalists:  We encourage the selection of art songs rather than arias for the competition.
  • All repertoire must be approved by the Sessions director.
 

Cortona Sessions Piano Fellowship

The Cortona Sessions welcomes pianists to apply for the position of Resident Fellow in Piano. One pianist will be selected by audition to attend the Sessions on a full scholarship. The Resident Fellow in Piano will serve as pianist in multiple premiere works, and may be asked to play with other Fellows or faculty in performance settings. The Resident Fellow in Piano should have experience with a variety of contemporary music languages and traditional chamber music playing. Please contact the sessions if you have any questions.


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

deadline:  February 13, 2017 (email)
eligibility:  all performers age 18 and over
application fee:  $25 (paid online via PayPal)
tuition:  
          Individual Performer:  $2,050USD
          Chamber Music Initiative:  $1,200USD/pp
          (for a group of 3 or more in a pre-formed ensemble)

paid online via PayPal - can be paid in installments w/authorization

 

tuition includes:

  • 14 nights in Hotel Oasi Neumann w/breakfast 
  • round-trip train to Florence
  • attendance/participation in all festival events

 

additional/supplemental cost  

single room:  $300 (for saxophone sessions, $210)
wine tour:  €150 (paid in Cortona - cash preferred)

 

application form

Please complete and submit the online application form.

 

supplemental materials

In addition to the application form, please submit the following:

  • a recording demonstrating your performance ability - at least three contrasting pieces (one should be from the 20th/21st Century)

  • please submit an electronic format via email (preferred) or dropbox

  • contact info for a recommendor who can comment on the applicant in both professional and social settings

email all supplemental materials to: 
info@cortonasessions.org

 

info for percussionists

Percussion at the Cortona Sessions will be limited to marimba and portable/small percussion instruments. 

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Groupie/Auditor


auditor/groupie program

Groupie/Auditor


auditor/groupie program

The Cortona Sessions Auditor/Groupie Program is open to both musicians and non-musicians wishing to experience the Sessions.

The Auditor Program at the Cortona Sessions for New Music was created as a way to involve musicians who either:

  • wish to attend the Cortona Sessions but not be pressured with performance or composition requirements.
  • were not accepted as full participants because of space limitations.
  • want to learn and experience the festival but either cannot afford the full tuition, or prefer a less structured environment.

Auditor performers are encouraged to bring their instruments and are welcome to perform in improv sessions and on recitals if space is available during the festival. If a particular need for another performer should come up, they may be included in certain premiere performances. Auditor performers will not receive lessons or perform in masterclasses, but the may attend and participate in all festival sessions and observe lessons. For a small extra fee and if time permits, auditor performers may request lessons with Cortona Sessions faculty.

Auditor composers may be able to present their work in participant show-and-tell sessions, attend all lectures, symposiums, and recitals, and may perform their own works on evening concerts should they desire to do so. Auditor composers will not be given premiere performances by performance participants. One of the most valuable aspects of attending as an auditor program is the opportunity to circulate your music and make wonderful friendships with performers and composers for the future.

 

The Groupie Program is designated for any non-musicians attending the Sessions. This is largely for family and friends wishing to attend the concerts and experience Cortona. All groupies are invited to all Sessions activities and events.

 

In addition to participating in Cortona Sessions symposiums and discussions, auditors and groupies will also be given round-trip train tickets to Florence for an excursion and will enjoy all other festival events and parties.



In addition to participating in Cortona Sessions symposiums and discussions, auditors will also be given round-trip train tickets to Florence for an excursion and will enjoy all other festival events and parties.

 

Auditor/Groupie Application Requirements

deadline:  March 1, 2017
eligibility:  anyone age 18 and over
(under 18 must be pre-approved)
application fee:  no application fee required
tuition:  $1,200USD (paid online via PayPal)
 

tuition includes:

  • 14 nights in Hotel Oasi Neumann w/breakfast
  • round-trip train to Florence
  • attendance to all festival events

 

supplemental costs:

single room:  $300
wine tour:  €150 (paid in Cortona - cash preferred)

 

application form

Please complete and submit the online application form.

 

supplemental materials

no supplemental materials required; materials may be requested if you would like to perform.





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Cortona Prize


The Cortona Prize

Cortona Prize


The Cortona Prize

Winners of the Cortona Prize

2017:  Pascal LeBoeuf
winning piece:  Obliquely Wrecked (vln/vc/pno)
commissioned piece:  TBA

2016:  Viet Cuong
winning piece:  Wax and Wire (cl/vln/vc/pno)

commissioned piece:  TBA
2nd Prize:  Xinyang Wang
Honorable Mentions:  Turkar Gasimzada, George N. Gianopoulos, Greg Steinke, Mark Wolf

2015:  Bin Li
winning piece:  Fuzhou, 1860 (vln/pno)
commissioned piece:  Concetto Spaziale 5 (vln/vc)

2014:  Dave Reminick
winning piece:  Consort (saxophone quartet)
commissioned piece:  Bird Songs (fl/cl/sax/vln/vc/pno)


2017 CORTONA PRIZE & CALL FOR SCORES (download info as .pdf)

The Cortona Sessions for New Music and the DuoSolo Foundation invite composers age 18 and above (as of July 2, 2017), to submit scores for performance at the 2017 Cortona Sessions for New Music. Multiple works will be chosen by Sessions faculty as Cortona Special Selections which may be performed during evening concerts throughout the Sessions. Works may be up to 15 minutes in length (if a longer multi-movement work is submitted, select movements may be performed), and may be composed for any instrument or combination of instruments represented by the 2017 Cortona Sessions faculty. Composers of selected works will be offered immediate acceptance to the 2017 Cortona Sessions should they wish to participate. One work/composer will receive The Cortona Prize.

 

THE CORTONA PRIZE

The Cortona Prize will be awarded to one composer whose work demonstrates particular skill and innovation. This composer will be offered a tuition-waiver* to attend the 2017 Cortona Sessions, enjoying all elements of the festival. If they accept the invitation, they will have the opportunity to write a new piece for performance by the Cortona Collective at at the 2018 Sessions. Their submitted work will be performed during the 2017 Sessions, and they will have all opportunities afforded to composition participants. If the recipient of the Cortona Prize chooses not to attend the Sessions, they will retain the title of Winner of the Cortona Prize, but will not receive the commission.

*cortona prize winner must still pay for lodging for the duration of the Sessions, but all additional tuition costs will be waived

 

GUIDELINES

Application Fee:  $35 - pay online here 
Submission Deadline:  December 1, 2016 (11:59pm CST)
Notification/Award Date:  January 1, 2017

 

PROCESS

Please submit scores by December 1, 2016 in electronic format (.pdf preferred) via email to:
cortonasessions@gmail.com    

  • Please put ‘Cortona Prize’ in the subject field.
  • Include:  Your Name / Date of Birth / Phone / Email

Recordings/Midi may be submitted, but are not required (dropbox links are acceptable).

Scores will be distributed to all Cortona Sessions faculty members who will select multiple works as Cortona Special Selections which may be performed at the Sessions. One of these works' composers will be offered the Cortona Prize, guaranteeing performance of their work and the opportunity to compose a new piece for the Cortona Collective.

Selected composers will be notified by email on January 1, 2017 and results will be posted online.

 

INSTRUMENTATION & 2017 SESSIONS PERFORMANCE FACULTY

flute:      Sarah Brady (Boston Conservatory)
clarinet:     Gregory Oakes (Iowa State University)
saxophone:  Geoffrey Deibel (h2 Quartet)
violin:      Ari Streisfeld (University of South Carolina)
cello:      Kivie Cahn-Lipman (International Contemporary Ensemble)
piano:      Michael Kirkendoll (University of Kansas)
percussion:    Jie Hye Jung (Vanderbilt University)
mezzo-soprano:     Rachel Calloway (Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble)

 

Any combinations of the above are welcome  -  please note restrictions below

  • C flute and alto flute are both possible (please no piccolo or bass flute)
  • no bass clarinet please
  • works featuring tenor or bari sax may be submitted, but will not be eligible for performance at the Sessions
  • for percussion – only works including marimba or small / body percussion are eligible for performance at the Sessions
  • works for solo instruments are welcome and encouraged
  • only acoustic compositions please (no electronics)