Call for Composers: Commission Opportunity for CoMA Summer School 2025


An exciting commission opportunity to write for a large flexible ensemble which will be developed and performed during the CoMA Summer School 2025

Call for Composers: Commission Opportunity for CoMA Summer School 2025

An exciting commission opportunity to write for a large flexible ensemble which will be developed and performed during the CoMA Summer School 2025

Background

In 1993, CoMA held its first Summer School, bringing together adventurous music-makers over 5 days for experimentation, workshops, performances and a lot of fun and games. The CoMA Summer School was a much-loved annual event for many years, hosting many premieres of new works, and creating an environment in which many musical friendships have flourished. A highlight of the summer school was always the coming together of all participants to form a massed ensemble for a brand new piece commissioned especially for the Summer School.

The Summer School has been on a hiatus since 2017. To celebrate its return in 2025, we are looking for a composer to create a new piece for the Summer School participants to learn throughout the week and then premiere on the final day, in a public concert.  

The commission

The brief:

 

The composer will receive:

 

Timeline 

Application deadline: Monday 22nd July 2024 at 11.59pm

Interviews: week commencing Monday 12th August 2024

Applicants informed of results by Friday 23rd August 2024

September 2024 – April 2025: composer attends two CoMA ensemble rehearsals to get an understanding of CoMA and meet some of our musicians

September 2024 – May 2025: two mentoring sessions with established composers who have specialist knowledge & experience of writing for amateurs and CoMA 

1st June 2025: Composer submits their completed work (full score and parts)

Sunday 17th – Saturday 23rd August 2025: participation in CoMA Summer School 2025

Friday 22nd August 2025: premiere of commission

 

Who can apply?

Composers requirements

Unpublished and published composers are equally welcome to apply. Published composers’ work will not be included in the CoMA Catalogue. If you are published, please let us know via the application form so CoMA can liaise with your publisher in the case you are shortlisted for the commission.

Desirable experiences and attributes

We actively encourage applicants from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds, including those from the Global Majority, d/Deaf and disabled people, working class backgrounds and LGBTQ+ people.

 

How do I apply?

To apply please fill out the online application form: https://forms.gle/WTEnrDhzwpp6c7X99 

The form will ask for the following attachments:

If you would prefer to submit a video answering these questions, there is an option at the end of the application form to include a URL. Please ensure that all video submitted does not require a password. If you encounter any difficulties completing the form, please contact Francesca Le Lohé at francesca@coma.org

 

Application deadline: Monday 22nd July 2024 at 11.59pm

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview w/c Monday 12th August 2024 

We will select composers for an interview based on their expression of interest, their enthusiasm for inclusive & collaborative practices and the quality of their music. The interview panel will comprise a composer partner of CoMA, a representative of a CoMA Ensemble and a member of the CoMA team. 

 

If you have any questions, please email Francesca Le Lohé at francesca@coma.org

We look forward to receiving your application!

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