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: During their residency at IMFA, composition students will have the opportunity to have several works performed. Composers may choose to write a new acoustic work at IMFA, such as an art song for voice and piano; a solo work for violin, viola, cello, or piano; or a chamber work for standard chamber ensemble (strings or strings with piano.) Additionally, composition students may compose a work for electronics and/or submit a previously composed work for performance consideration.

Mentorship: Since enrollment in the composition program is limited, participants receive significant mentorship through individual and group composition lessons each week. Faculty-led coachings for new compositions are woven into the rehearsal schedule to provide opportunities to experiment and exchange ideas. Composers also benefit from the availability of the performance faculty, who are eager to help composers refine their musical ideas.

The Duino Prize in Composition

What is it? An additional $750 scholarship and a performance in Duino, Italy, during the 2020 session of IMFA.

Who may apply? Any composition student who plans to attend the 2020 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, voice, and/or piano.

When to apply: The priority admission deadline is March 15, 2020.

Where to submit: Eligible composers may send scores (with recordings, if available) in the application. PDFs and MP3s only, please. Indicate that you are interested in the Duino Prize in the application.

The winner will be announced by May 15, 2020. 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 email [email protected].

A once-in-a-lifetime experience.

—Neil Quillen, composer

IMFA 2017, a composition lesson