The IMFA composition program provides young composers with mentorship from seasoned teachers who are also active composers, access to talented singers and instrumentalists who are eager to collaborate on composition projects, and time in which to compose.
We believe that collaboration and mentorship are both essential elements in an inspiring creative environment.
Collaboration: Composition students at IMFA are paired with performers within the first few days of the festival. These composer/performer teams work together to create a new musical work over the course of the month in Duino, with the goal of a premiere performance during the final days of the festival. Workshops for both composers and performers are offered each week that provide opportunities to experiment and exchange ideas.
Mentorship: Since enrollment in the composition program is limited, participants receive significant mentorship through individual and group composition lessons each week. Composers also benefit from the availability of the performance faculty, who are eager to help composers refine their musical ideas.
In addition to performances of works composed during the festival, composers will also be invited to submit previously-completed works for performance consideration.
The Duino Prize in Composition
What is it? A $250 scholarship and a performance in Duino, Italy, during the 2016 session of IMFA.
Who may apply? Any composition student who plans to attend the 2016 session of IMFA.
What to submit: An original chamber work, not more than 10 minutes, that uses instruments/voices from this list: violin, viola, cello, baritone voice, soprano, and/or piano.
Where to submit: Eligible composers may send scores (with recordings, if available) to email@example.com. pdfs and mp3s only, please.
The winner will be announced by May 15, 2016. The prize money is offered as a scholarship in addition to any other scholarship the winner may receive. If no suitable work is submitted, IMFA reserves the right not to award a prize. Questions? Please contact Steve Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more information about the composition experience at IMFA, visit Brooke Joyce's blog from IMFA 2014.
A once-in-a-lifetime experience.
—Neil Quillen, composer