Call for Proposals: Schubert Club Composer-in-Residence

SCHUBERT CLUB COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE:  CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Applications may be submitted beginning January 8 through February 10, 2019 by using this link.

Selected applicants will be asked to interview at the Schubert Club offices on March 20 and 21.

1/16/19 Update: Click here to view a video featuring Reinaldo Moya, our current Composer-in-Residence, sharing insight on his experience in the position.

Program Summary

Schubert Club, Minnesota’s oldest arts organization based at Landmark Center in downtown Saint Paul, will appoint a new Composer-in-Residence for a two-year term from September 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021.  The role of the composer will be:

  • to create music
  • to participate in education and community engagement programs
  • to advise Schubert Club leadership
  • to advocate on behalf of Schubert Club

The specific content of the residency will depend to a large extent on the composer.  Composers interested in applying for the position are invited to outline in their proposal exactly how they will 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 for presentation 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 a maximum of two composers from the shortlist of finalists for the advancement of their composition career.  Consideration will be given to the possibility of including their work in a Schubert Club presentation, but this is not guaranteed.

The Composer-in-Residence position is funded in part by the McKnight Foundation.

Eligibility

Composer applicants must be a resident of Minnesota for the full duration of the residency and have a Minnesota address at the time of application.

Residency Priorities and Expectations

Composers applying for the position are invited (a) to give a short description of the new work they propose to write and (b) to outline the additional activities they would like to pursue during their residency. 

New work

  • A new work to be commissioned and presented by Schubert Club in the second year of the residency.

Residency Activities

In their application, composers should address both the mandatory requirements of the residency and all additional elements they envisage.

Mandatory Requirements:

  • Involvement in Schubert Club’s community engagement and/or education programming
  • Advisory role to the artistic leadership of Schubert Club
  • Advocacy for Schubert Club and new music

Examples of potential additional activities:

  • The opportunity to program a Courtroom Concert of original music in one or both residency years. The concert(s) would 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) 
  • Opportunities to present talks to audiences, the Board and/or other Schubert Club patrons
  • Administrative work such as engraving music
  • Occasional writing projects such as blog entries or program notes
  • Attendance at Artistic Committee meetings

Compensation

The position will be part-time, non-exempt, 8 hours per week paid at the hourly rate of $26.00 (or $10,816 each year). In addition, Schubert Club will pay the composer a commission fee of $6,000 for a new piece of music plus reasonable copying costs and production expense associated with presenting the new work.  Additional funds are available to pay artist fees in Courtroom Concerts.

Deadline

Application materials must be submitted between January 8 and February 10, 2019.  Composers will be notified in early March 2019 regarding the shortlist.

Online Information Sessions

Two 45-minute information sessions will be offered on the following days:

  • Monday, January 14 at 5:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 16 at 11:30am

To register for one of these sessions, receive log-in information, and submit questions in advance if you have them, please contact Anna Torgerson at atorgerson@schubert.org .

How to Apply

Please complete the following in the Online Application (available here on January 8):

1. 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, 2019.  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)

2. Additional Musical Materials: Please provide items 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.  The selection panelists will not have access to music notation, electronic music, graphic, video, or other specialized software.

3. Description of your Proposed New Work (300 words max.)

4. Description of your Proposed Residency (500 words max.)

5. Artist Resume or Current Bio (2 pages maximum – PDF only – up to 10 MB)

6. Artist’s Personal Information: Name, Address, Phone, Email Address, Website Link, Demographic Information.

Schubert Club seeks to be inclusive and accessible to all applicants.  For this reason, we request information on race/ethnicity and gender of all applicants.  This helps us assess whether the program is achieving its diversity objectives.

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by a selection panel.  A short list of 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.
  • Impact: the likelihood of the composer’s work to make a difference in the community, and the impact of their work on both Schubert Club and the composer.
  • Capacity: the ability of the composer to be successful in their proposed activities.

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 on March 20 and 21 in order to discuss their proposal and aspirations for the residency.

About Schubert Club

Mission:  Schubert Club cultivates a passion for music and fosters an engaged community of music enthusiasts through concerts, music education, museum exhibits and student scholarships.

Founded over 135 years ago, Schubert Club is today one of the nation’s most vibrant music organizations, enriching Minnesota with dynamic concerts, music education programs, and museum exhibits. Schubert Club remains as relevant, respected, and resilient today as it has been throughout its history.

Schubert Club presented its first public recital in 1893. Since then its ​International Artist Series​ has included virtually all of the world’s great recitalists such as Jascha Heifetz, Arthur Rubinstein, Cecilia Bartoli, Isaac Stern, Beverly Sills, Yo-Yo Ma and Renée Fleming. In 2014, Schubert Club introduced ​Schubert Club Mix​, an innovative series in non-traditional venues. Schubert Club also presents ​Music in the Park​ Series (chamber music concerts in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood), free weekly lunchtime ​Courtroom Concerts​ in downtown St. Paul, chamber ensemble ​Accordo in Minneapolis venues, and the ​Hill House Chamber Players​ at the historic James J. Hill House.

Not only a concert presenter, Schubert Club has engaged in music education programs since 1911. Schubert Club currently reaches 2,000 youth annually through varied activities such as family concerts, teacher and student workshops, free music lessons in neighborhood locations, and scholarships that allow young students to pursue their music studies more intensively.

In addition, the ​Schubert Club Museum​, located in downtown Saint Paul’s historic Landmark Center, holds a world-class collection of historic keyboards, original letters and manuscripts of famous composers, and musical instruments from around the world. These are displayed and available for free public viewing, enhanced with interpretive information, frequent tours and special programs.

Schubert Club maintains a commitment to affordable ticket prices for all concert presentations, as well as cost-free education programs and museum entrance, thanks to endowment gifts and annual donations.

Schubert Club is one of four founding members of the Arts Partnership, programming a vibrant future for the performing arts in downtown St. Paul together with the Ordway, Minnesota Opera and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

 

Schubert Club Programs and Activities, Season 2018-19

Concert Programs

Description

Location

Reach

Cost

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST SERIES

 

5 recital programs by international guest artists (some recitals are repeated as daytime performances)

Ordway Center

 

8,300

 

Ticketed

 

MUSIC IN THE PARK SERIES

 

6 chamber music concerts featuring internationally renowned ensembles

United Church of Christ, St Anthony Park

1,900

 

Ticketed

 

SCHUBERT CLUB MIX

 

4-5 concerts featuring artists and ensembles in less formal performance spaces

Aria, TPT studio & other spaces

 

840

 

Ticketed

 

COURTROOM CONCERT SERIES

25 free lunchtime concerts featuring MN musicians with presenter Abbie Betinis

 

Landmark Center, Courtroom 317

 

2,400

 

Free

ACCORDO

5 concerts by MN Orchestra & SPCO principal string players’ ensemble

 

Westminster Hall at Westminster Presbyterian Church  & Icehouse

1,700

 

Ticketed

 

HILL HOUSE CHAMBER PLAYERS

3 pairs of chamber music programs by 30-year old ensemble

James J. Hill House, Summit Ave

 

600

 

Ticketed

 

OTHER PROGRAMS & CO-PRESENTATIONS

Programs such as Sphinx Virtuosi

 

Ordway and other venues

 

Varies

 

Ticketed

 

 

Education Programs

Description

Location(s)

Reach

Cost

BRUCE P. CARLSON SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION

Annual scholarship competition with $50k to be awarded to winning students

 

Macalester College

200

Entry fee

Project CHEER

 

After school piano and guitar lessons for students in the Rondo neighborhood

 

Hallie Q. Brown Center

East Side Boys & Girls Club

125

Nominal fee

KIDSJAM (in the Museum)

 

Music workshops for home-school families

 

Schubert Club Museum, Landmark Center

80

Ticketed

KIDSJAM (after school)

 

Music workshops for kids attending after school programs in various neighborhoods

Hallie Q. Brown Center; ARTS Us &

other venues

150

Free

FAMILY CONCERTS

3 pairs of family concerts on Friday early evenings

St Anthony Park Lutheran Church

600

Free

SENSORY FRIENDLY FAMILY CONCERTS

2 concerts for families with kids on the autism spectrum

Hallie Q. Brown Center

 

60

Free

SPECIAL MUSIC GRANTS FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS

Music scholarships awarded to students for further studies

 

n/a

15

Free

JAZZ PIANO WORKSHOP

 

1-day workshop for young pianists to learn jazz piano with scholarships awarded to 3 promising students

n/a

20

Free

THEOROI

Young professionals arts ambassador program involved group attendance and social media

n/a

 

35

Membership fee

Museum and collections

Description

Location

Reach

Cost

SCHUBERT CLUB MUSEUM

Exhibits include “Evolution of the keyboard”, Gilman Ordway Manuscript Collection

Landmark Center, 2nd floor

8,000

Free

 Other

Description 

Location  Reach  Cost 
 Other community-based activities  Occasional master classes, performances in schools and nursing homes  Various 150  Free 

 

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