Red Note

New Music Festival Composition Workshop


Submission period

Fri Sep 18 at 4 AM UTC

End of submission period

Fri Oct 2 at 4:59 AM UTC

Results date

Wed Oct 7 at 4 PM UTC

Entry or Course Fee

Tuition fee $200


Applicants must be enrolled as graduate or undergraduate students in Spring 2021
The RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Workshop will help composers widen their creative perspectives and hone their craft through live-streamed rehearsals with guest performers ONIX Ensamble and Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and online master classes and presentations with distinguished guest faculty composer Martin Bresnick, as well as resident faculty composers Martha Horst, Roy Magnuson, Carl Schimmel, and Roger Zare. Invited participants will each compose a 5 to 10-minute piece for one of the guest ensembles. Each participating student composer will have the opportunity to interact with the guest ensembles during live-streamed rehearsals, and a performance of each new composition will be posted on the festival website. Each composer will receive a recording of his or her piece. Professor Bresnick and the resident faculty composers will offer comments and suggestions and will hold online master classes with all participating student composers. Participants will discuss their compositional ideas, techniques, and aesthetics with the faculty and other fellows, and selected events may be streamed online for audiences worldwide to experience live. Online events will take place late February through March, 2021.

Applicants must be enrolled as graduate or undergraduate students in Spring 2021.

$200 (due by October 31, 2020)

Refund Policy
We do not offer refunds for our workshop. All fees are non-refundable.

Special Opportunity
In celebration of their 25th anniversary season, Onix Ensamble will select up to three works composed as part of the workshop to perform and record in Mexico City during their 2021-2022 season.

How to Apply
Through, submit an anonymous pdf and audio file (mp3 or MIDI) of your best work for chamber ensemble.
The submitted pdf’s and audio files must be free of names and identifying marks.
No application fee is required.
6-8 selected applicants will be notified by email, by October 7, 2020.
The selected applicants must each compose a new work for Left Coast Chamber Ensemble (quartet, instrumentation TBA) or ONIX Ensamble. Score and parts to the new composition must be received by Festival Director Roger Zare no later than January 31, 2021.
Please contact Roger Zare ( with any questions.

Deadline: 1 Oct 2020

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