SCHUBERT CLUB COMPOSER-IN-RESIDENCE: CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Deadline for applications: Monday February 27, 2017
The Schubert Club, Minnesota’s oldest arts organization based at Landmark Center in downtown St Paul, will appoint a new Composer-in-Residence for a two-year term beginning September 1, 2017. The role of the composer will be to create music, to participate in education and community programs, and to advise and advocate on behalf of Schubert Club. The specific content of the Composer-in-Residence role will depend on the composer and their interests and strengths. The composer has the opportunity to outline in their proposal how they would shape the residency activities to fit their particular strengths and interests. In addition to being a Schubert Club part-time employee, the composer will be invited as an independent contractor to create a new work to be presented toward the end of the residency.
In addition to selecting a Composer-in-Residence, Schubert Club intends to award funding of up to $3,000 to two further composers from the shortlist of final round candidates for the creation and presentation of a new work. Consideration will be given to the possibility of including these new works in a performance presented by Schubert Club but cannot be guaranteed.
The Composer-in-Residence position is funded in part by the McKnight Foundation.
Composers applying for the position must be a resident of Minnesota and have a Minnesota address at the time of application. The selected composer must remain a resident of Minnesota for the duration of the residency.
Residency Priorities and Expectations
Composers applying for the position are invited to define the precise content of their residency. In your application, you should address the following expectations (residency requirements) of the Composer-in-Residence position as well as additional possible opportunities (optional) which may fit your vision for the residency:
Expectations (residency requirements)
- A new work to be commissioned by Schubert Club in the second year of the residency
- Involvement in Schubert Club’s community and/or education programming
- Advisory role to the Artistic & Executive Director
- Advocacy for Schubert Club and new music
- The opportunity to program a Courtroom Concert of your original music in one or both residency years. The concert will be recorded and a copy of the recording made available to the composer
- An advisory role in the programming of the Courtroom Concerts series, particularly those performances which feature music by Minnesota composers (currently 6-7 programs each year)
- Talks to audiences, the Board and/or other Schubert Club patrons
- Administrative work such as engraving music; or occasional writing projects such as blog entries or program notes; or attendance at Artistic Committee meetings
The position will be part-time, non-exempt, 8 hours per week paid at the hourly rate of $25.00 (or $10,400 each year). In addition, Schubert Club will pay the composer a commission fee of $5,000 for a new piece of music plus reasonable copying costs and production expense associated with presenting the new work. Additional funds will be made available to pay performer fees in Courtroom Concerts.
Application materials must be submitted between Saturday January 28 and Monday February 27, 2017. Composers will be notified by end of March 2017 regarding the shortlist.
How to Apply
Please complete the following in the Online Application Form
- Applicant’s Personal Information: Name, Address, Phone, Email Address, Website Link, Demographic Information
- Web Links to Two Musical Work Samples: Work samples must be created within the last five years. Provide web links to your musical work samples (SoundCloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive, iCloud, etc.). Make sure the web links you provide in this application remain active until June 1, 2017. If you do not wish for your work samples to be public please make them unlisted so the committee will still have access.
- Together the work samples should demonstrate your creative voice. (30 minutes max for both complete works). For each work sample you will be asked to provide the Title, Duration, Year of Completion, Ensemble/Performers’ Name(s), Instrumentation, Brief Description of the Work. (100 words maximum)
- Additional Musical Materials: Such as scores, charts, or information that give context for listening to these works. If your work involves improvisation, describe the role you played in creating the piece. You have the option of uploading two PDFs (up to 10MB each) or providing a web link to your additional materials. Panelist will not have access to music notation, electronic music, graphic, video, or other specialized software.
- Description of Proposed Residency and new work: 1,500 words maximum.
- Upload an Artist Resume or current bio: Two pages maximum – PDF only – up to 10 MB.
Applications will be reviewed by a three-person panel. All decisions made by the panel will be final.
A short list of up to five composer applicants will be identified according to the following criteria for assessment:
- Artistry: the quality of the composer’s work based on review of the scores and other materials submitted.
- Potential impact: the likelihood of success of the composer’s proposal, and the impact of their work on both Schubert Club and the composer.
- Capacity: the ability of the composer to achieve success in what they propose to do.
The selection panel will be asked to identify a short list of qualified candidates reflecting the full diversity (race, gender, musical background) of the applicant pool.
Short-listed composers will be invited to interview in order to discuss their proposal and aspirations for the residency.
We acknowledge and thank the American Composers Forum for their help in administering the search process for this position.
About the Schubert Club
For 135 years, Schubert Club has invited the world’s finest recital soloists and ensembles to the Twin Cities and promoted the finest musical talents of our community through performances, education, and museum programs. It has secured a prominent and distinguished reputation among musical organizations nationwide, and is one of the first arts organizations in the country.
Schubert Club Composer-in-Residence Application Questions and Materials
Here are the questions and materials that will be asked for in the application. Please make sure you have everything you need below before you begin.
- First Name
- Middle Name
- Last Name
- Address Line 1
- Address Line 2
- Zip Code
- Phone Number
- Email Address
- Work Sample 1: Title
- Works Sample 1: Duration
- WS1: Year of Completion
- Work Sample 1: Ensemble/Performer’s Name(s)
- Work Sample 1: Instrumentation
- Work Sample 1: Brief Description of the Work (700 Characters – 100 words max)
- Work Sample 1: Audio or Video Web link–Make sure the web links you provide in this application remain active until June 1, 2017. If you do not wish for your work samples to be public please make them unlisted so the committee will still have access.)
- Additional Musical Material 1: Score/Chart/or Information (PDF only – up to 10MB)–Such as scores, charts, or information that give context for listening to these works. If your work involves improvisation, describe the role you played in creating the piece.
- Work Sample 2: Title
- Works Sample 2: Duration
- WS2: Year of Completion
- Work Sample 2: Ensemble/Performer’s Name(s)
- Work Sample 2: Instrumentation
- Work Sample 2: Brief Description of the Work (700 Characters – 100 words max)
- Work Sample 2: Audio or Video Web link–Make sure the web links you provide in this application remain active until June 1, 2017. If you do not wish for your work samples to be public please make them unlisted so the committee will still have access.
- Additional Musical Materials 2: Score/Chart/or Information (PDF only – up to 10MB)–Such as scores, charts, or information that give context for listening to these works. If your work involves improvisation, describe the role you played in creating the piece.
- Description of Your Proposed Residency and Your New Work (9,500 characters or about 1,500 words)
- Artist resume or current bio (two pages maximum – PDF only – up to 10 MB)
- Demographic form
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