Composition Program

July 6 – 16, 2016

2016 Vipa Festival Poster-extended


Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann (Ithaca College, NY), Rand Steiger (University of California, San Diego), and guest composer Stefano Gervasoni (Paris Conservatoire)
Lectures on special topics by composers César Cano (Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo, Valencia, Spain), and Gregorio Jiménez (Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo, Valencia, Spain)
Additional guest composers and presentations TBA

MIVOS Quartet (NY, USA)
the [Switch~ Ensemble] (NY, USA)
B3:Brouwer Trio (Valencia, Spain)
NOMOS Group (Valencia, Spain)
Erik Drescher, flute soloist (Berlin, Germany)

About the Composition Program:
The second year of the Composition Program at the Valencia International Performance Academy will showcase the music of emerging and established composers and offer qualified composition program participants the opportunity to work with VIPA Composition Program faculty members and featured guest composers in lessons, workshops and masterclasses. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to work with and have one piece performed by our resident performers at one of the VIPA concerts. Resident ensembles include the critically-acclaimed MIVOS Quartet, the [Switch~ Ensemble], NOMOS Group, B3:Brouwer Trio, flute soloist Erik Drescher, and others TBA. VIPA Comp will also offer workshops on contemporary instrumental techniques and notation, orchestration, electronics, and career development. The program will take place within the state-of-the-art facilities of the Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo in the beautiful city of Valencia, Spain. Boasting a breathtaking coastline, a vibrant cultural life and world-class cuisine, Valencia is one of the most sought-after summer destinations in Europe.

“It was invigorating to be around so many great thinkers who thought about music differently from myself. One of my favorite things in the universe is being exposed to new ways of thinking about music, and there was plenty of that in this festival… All in all, I can’t recommend this festival enough. The people are amazing. The program is great. The performances are sensitive. Spanish wine is inexpensive and delicious. What else do you need?”
– Miggy Torres, 2015 VIPA Composition Program Participant

VIPA Composition Program accepts submissions for Participants and Auditors:
As a COMPOSITION PARTICIPANT, you will receive private lessons from each member of the composition faculty in addition to lessons and/or masterclasses with the featured guest composer. Your participation also allows you unlimited attendance to all lectures and workshops, as well as free admission to all recitals, concerts, masterclasses, and participation in reading sessions with the resident ensembles and soloists, as well as collaboration with participants in the contemporary performance program. Each participant will receive a performance of an original composition, ranging from solo to ensemble by one of the ensembles/ performers in residence with support for electronics. You will also be given the opportunity to work with the performers during rehearsals of your piece. All concerts will be professionally recorded. AUDITORS are entitled to observe lessons, classes and all other VIPA events but will not receive lessons or have a work performed. Depending on enrollment, a masterclass for auditors may be offered. This will be announced at a later date.


January 15, 2016 (without application fee).
Late applications will be accepted until February 15 with an application fee of EUR 25 payable through paypal to

All application materials are to be sent electronically through the Composition Application Form. VIPA supports an environment-friendly and expense-free philosophy and hopes to avoid the unnecessary use of paper products, as well as the cost of postal fees.

1. CURRICULUM VITAE or RESUME and BIO (include: educational background, schools, teachers, degrees, awards, prizes, previous festivals attended, and any relevant performances and/or professional experience)

2. TWO to THREE (maximum) REPRESENTATIVE SCORES and recordings (if available). At least one of these works must be suitable for performance by one of the soloists or ensembles-in-residence (ranging from solo to the full ensemble) and twelve (12) minutes or under in duration. Please refer to the information on the soloists and ensembles-in-residence  page regarding the precise instrumentation and performers available.

Option A (1-4 players): Mivos String Quartet
Option B (1-8 players): the [Switch~ Ensemble]
Option C (1-5 players): NOMOS Group
Option D (1-3 players): Brouwer Trio 
Option E (solo flute): Erik Drescher, solo flute

3. You may submit an *OPTIONAL* one-page proposal to compose a new work for one of the soloists or ensembles-in-residence above. Please see the information listed on the soloists or ensembles-in-residence page for detailed instrumentation and performers available. There are a limited number of spaces available for each ensemble, and approximately 6 to 10 composers will be selected to write new works based on these proposals. Please include your first and second choice for ensemble and instrumentation, as well as a clear concept for the proposed work.

*Application materials need not be anonymous
**PDF, audio, or video files should be uploaded to platforms such as YouTube, Dropbox, Megaupload, etc., or on any personal hosting space. Your materials must be available at the provided URL until at least May 1, 2016.
***Please use the same email address and include your full name for your submission and any email correspondence with us.


FINANCIAL AID: At the moment there will be only financial aid addressed to composers who are currently enrolled in a program at any “Conservatorio Superior” of the Valencia region.

ELECTRONICS: Works involving electronics are eligible for performance by the Mivos Quartet or [Switch~ Ensemble]. If selected, we will provide equipment for stereo or quad diffusion, including speakers, an audio interface, cables, and six condenser microphones. Composers using electronics will be expected to bring a laptop, all necessary software, and any equipment needed beyond this support, and to run their own patch/software with the technical assistance of one staff member.

FELLOWSHIPS: Two fellowships will be awarded for composers with expertise in audio engineering, electronics, web design, live sound, video, or other skills applicable to assist with administrative and technical duties throughout the festival such as recording, editing, and mixing recordings, operating Max/MSP patches, live sound engineering, scheduling, formatting of programs, and general organizational tasks.

carlos amat 2COMMISSION / AWARD: One participant composer will be selected for a Commission to be premiered either during the 2017 Valencia International Performance Academy & Festival or by an ensemble-in-residence at a future date by arrangement. VIPA will assist in providing the performance opportunity, venue, ensemble, and logistical support, but no funds are available for travel or monetary compensation.

SELECTION PROCESS: Members of the composition faculty will review your work and credentials. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by March 1, 2015. Should you be admitted, you must be prepared to submit parts electronically for existing works within **14 days** of the notification of acceptance.   Proposals selected for new works will be notified as soon as possible, with scores and parts due by May 15, 2016. The composition program will accept a limited number of participants and auditors. All conditions of participation will be specified at the time of notification of acceptance, including the piece or proposal selected for performance. Questions may be directed to: