June 28 – July 8, 2017


Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann (Ithaca College, NY), Melinda Wagner (Juilliard), and Stefano Gervasoni (Paris Conservatoire)
Guest composer José María Sánchez-Verdú
Lectures on special topics by composers Gregorio Jiménez (Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo, Valencia, Spain) and Jason Thorpe Buchanan (the [Switch~ Ensemble] & VIPA Festival)

MIVOS Quartet (NY, USA)
Ensemble Interface (Germany)
Smash Ensemble (Spain)
B3:Brouwer Trio (Valencia, Spain)
Erik Drescher, flute soloist (Berlin, Germany)

About the 2017 Composition Program:
The third 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, Ensemble Interface, Smash Ensemble, B3:Brouwer Trio, and flute soloist Erik Drescher. VIPA 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:
Composition participants must be enrolled at a college degree institution or higher, or hold one such degree, to be elegible at VIPA 2017. 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, 2017, application fee €15
Late applications will be accepted until February 15 with an application fee of €30.

Application fees are payable through paypal to and must be paid before applications are reviewed.

All application materials are to be sent electronically through the Composition Application Form.

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). It is recommended that 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 ten (10) minutes or under in duration, unless you intend to write a new work. 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 (1-6 players): Ensemble Interface
Option C (1-4 players): Smash Ensemble
Option D (1-3 players): Brouwer Trio 
Option E (solo flute): Erik Drescher, solo flute

3. Accepted composers are encouraged to write new works to be premiered by one of the Ensembles-in-Residence. You may submit an *OPTIONAL* one-page proposal. Please indicate your first, second, and third choice for ensemble and instrumentation, which will ultimately be assigned based on availability.

4. Proof of enrollment at the corresponding degree. A copy in PDF of the enrollment form, or any other document that can certify that you are currently enrolled on a college degree or higher, or a copy of the last degree earned, will suffice.

*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 20, 2017.
***Please use the same email address and include your full name for your submission and any email correspondence with us.

Active Composition Participant: 1080€
Auditor : 100€
A non-refundable deposit of 500€ is due upon notification of acceptance and will be credited toward tuition.

Tuition does not include housing, however there is a discounted festival rate for the nearby hotel, which includes breakfast. The cost of tuition includes participant status, performance of a new work, audio recordings, lessons, masterclasses, workshops, reading sessions, and more. Information on accomodation can be found here:

METHOD OF PAYMENT: Upon acceptance to the program, s/he will receive complete information and instruction as to how to make payments through either bank transfer or Paypal for a small transaction fee.


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

ELECTRONICS: Works involving electronics are eligible for performance by the Mivos Quartet or Ensemble Interface. If selected, we will provide equipment for stereo 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 in the form of a €400 tuition reduction for composers with expertise in audio engineering, electronics, 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, 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 2018 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 Feb. 25, 2017 if not before. Should you be admitted, you must be prepared to submit parts electronically for existing works within **14 days** of the notification of acceptance. Composers selected to write new proposed works will be notified as soon as possible, with scores and parts due June 1, 2017. 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:

2015 Participant Composers

Iddo AharonyEric EvansNahyun KimJessica Rudman
Rodrigo BussadNirmali FennStephanie KisselbaughJonathan Russ
Luiz CasteloesLouis GoldfordAndrew LyFilippo Santoro
Linda DallimoreJonathan GraybillJose MartinezMiggy Torres
Peter DaytonPedro GomezAdriel MilesSophyia Wong
Vincent EulianoBrian HeimMatthew Recio

2016 Participant Composers

Mathew ArrellinAndrew HarlanShin MizutaniLuis Felipe Nieto Sachica
Shiuan ChangKevin KayCesar Adrian MontufarIgor Santos
Jeremy CorrenDuncan KrummelKaito NakahoriSamuel Lawrence Taylor
Mathilde Côté,Joungbum LeeIlias NikolaidisAnna-Louise Walton
Baldwin GiangJohn LiberatoreIan NgGabriel Ziaukas
Samuel GilliesNamHoon "Matthew" KimTheocharis PapatrechasBenjamin Zucker
Tyler GilmoreYangzhi MaFrancisco del Pino
DO. HanaLuke MartinMichèle Rusconi