2019 Composition ProgramValencia International Performance Academy & Festival, July 10–20, 2019
About the Program
The 2019 edition of the Composition Program at the Valencia International Performance Academy & Festival will showcase the music of emerging and established composers, and offer qualified composition program participants the opportunity to work with the VIPA Composition Program faculty members and performers 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.
VIPA will also offer workshops and/or panel discussions on special topics. Participants will be able to get feedback from faculty members during reading sessions with soloists and ensembles-in-residence.
The program will take place on July 10-20, 2019, within the state-of-the-art facilities of the Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo in the beautiful city of Valencia, Spain. All concerts will take place at the breath-taking Sala Mutant at the Las Naves artistic complex, located at the Barrio del Grau. Boasting a breathtaking coastline, a vibrant cultural life and world-class cuisine, Valencia is one of the most sought-after summer destinations in Europe.
Participants and Auditors Welcome
Composition candidates for the VIPA Composition Program must either be enrolled at a college-level degree granting institution or higher, or hold one such degree to be eligible for participation at VIPA 2019, although some exceptions could be accepted.
As a COMPOSITION PARTICIPANT, you will receive private lessons from each member of the composition faculty. Your participation also allows you unlimited attendance to all lectures and workshops, and participation in reading sessions with the resident ensembles and soloists. Participants also have access to free admission to all recitals, concerts, and masterclasses happening at VIPA.
Each participant will be commissioned to write a piece, ranging from solo to ensemble, to be premiered by one of VIPA 2019’s ensembles-in-residence. Commission assignments will be made by the Director of Composition by late February. The deadline for the submission of score and parts will be in the month of May. Technical abilities for the performance of works with electronics will be discussed with the composers, but shall be limited to stereo (2-channel diffusion).
Participants will also have the opportunity to workshop their work with the performers during rehearsals of their piece. All concerts for the 2019 VIPA Composition Program will be professionally recorded and participants will receive such audio recordings after the end of the festival.
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.
2019 Composition Faculty
Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann
Faculty, Program Director
Conservatoire Superieur de Paris
New England Conservatory,
Guest professor, computer music
Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo
Ensembles in Residence
Resident ensembles for the Composition Program will be, once again, the critically-acclaimed Mivos Quartet (New York, USA), that will be featured in two concerts during the 2019 festival, as well as the brilliant B3:Brouwer Trio (Valencia, Spain). Also this year, we will feature the newly-created Valencia International Contemporary Ensemble! VICE is a star-studded ensemble directed by our very own Carlos Amat. Students will create works for the VICE Ensemble in one of the following categories:
Full Ensemble (fl, cl, vln, vc, perc)
Flute, clarinet, percussion
Clarinet, violin, percussion
Flute, cello, percussion
Flute, clarinet, cello
Flute, clarinet, violin
Composers will be assigned either a subset of the ensemble, or the ensemble in full by the Composition Program director, at the time of acceptance to the Festival.
New York City, NY
B3: Brouwer Trio
The Valencia International Contemporary Ensemble
This star-studded ensemble counts with the participation of Giorgos Panagiotidis (Ensemble Modern; DE), Gregor Schulenburg (mam.manufaktur für aktuelle musik, Ensemble Extrakte, guest musician of Ensemble Modern; DE), Ausias Garrigos (Riot Ensemble; UK/Spain), Mariel Roberts (Mivos Quartet, Wet Ink Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble; USA), and percussionist Juanjo Llopico (Espai Sonor, Ensemble d’ Arts; Spain).
Apply to the 2019 VIPA festival
January 15, 2019, with no application fee
Late applications will be accepted until February 15 with an application fee of €15.
Late application fees are payable through PayPal to [email protected] and must be paid before applications are reviewed.
All application materials are to be sent electronically through the Composition Application Form. Please provide direct links to all your PDF, audio and/or video files. You will not be able to upload any files into the application.
PDF, audio, or video files should be uploaded to platforms such as YouTube, Dropbox, Google Drive, or SoundCloud, etc., or on any personal hosting space. Your materials must be available at the provided URL until at least May 20, 2019.
CURRICULUM VITAE, RESUME or BIO in PDF (include: educational background, schools, teachers, degrees, awards, prizes, previous festivals attended, and any relevant performances and/or professional experience).
TWO (maximum) REPRESENTATIVE SCORES in PDF files and audio or video recordings (if available). VIPA encourages all participants to write new works to be premiered by one of our ensembles-in-residence during the festival; however, if you would like to have an existing work performed, submit it as one of the two representative scores and make note of this on the application form. Make sure such work is suitable to one of the ensembles-in-residence (ranging from solo to the full ensemble) and around eight (8) 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.
Please indicate your prefered ensemble/instrumentation for your commissioned work. Please be advised that whereas we will consider your preference(s), we cannot guarantee that your choice(s) will be honored.
Option A (1-4 players): Mivos String Quartet
Option B (1-3 players): Brouwer Trio
Option C (1-5 players): VICE (available ensemble –in full or subset– will be assigned by the director of the Composition Program)
ELECTRONICS: Works involving electronics are eligible for performance by the Mivos Quartet. If the work is selected, we will provide equipment for stereo (2-channel) diffusion, including speakers, a FireWire audio interface (composers need to provide FireWire-USB adapter compatible with their computer), cables, and the necessary microphones. Composers using electronics will be expected to bring their own 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.
SELECTION PROCESS: Members of the composition faculty will review your work and credentials. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by late February and given their specific assigned commission. Scores and parts are due May 15, 2018. The composition program will accept a limited number of participants and auditors. All conditions of participation will be specified in the acceptance letter. Questions may be directed to: [email protected].
I have spent a fantastic 10-day in Valencia, Spain this past summer. From the rewarding guest lectures to inspiring participant presentations, from the amazing performances to the equally contemporary and historical sceneries of Valencia, as a composer, VIPA is a remarkable program for me to grow and cultivate a unique compositional approach to sound.Tianyi Wang
Tuition, Fees, and Other Information
Composition Participant: 1080€
The cost of tuition includes participant status, performance of your work, audio recordings, lessons, masterclasses, workshops and reading sessions.
METHOD OF PAYMENT: Upon acceptance to the program, participants will receive instructions as to how to make payments through either bank transfer or Paypal for a small transaction fee.
HOUSING: Tuition does not include housing; however, VIPA has negotiated a discounted rate (incl. breakfast) with NH Hotels Las Artes and NH Las Ciencias. Information on accommodation can be found here: www.vipafestival.org/about-us/housing/
FINANCIAL AID: At the moment, financial aid is offered only to composers who are currently enrolled in a program at “Conservatorio Superior Joaquin Rodrigo” in Valencia.
FELLOWSHIPS: One fellowship will be awarded in the form of a €400 tuition reduction for a composer with expertise in audio engineering, electronics, live sound, or other skills applicable to assist with technical duties throughout the festival such as recording, editing, mixing recordings and operating Max/MSP patches.
COMMISSION / AWARD: One participant will be selected for a commission to be premiered by the Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble under the direction of Jorge Grossmann during the 2020-21 season in Ithaca, NY. When available, funds will be provided to offset the cost of travel for the selected composer to attend the premiere.