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The Composer Recital Series (CRS) provides opportunities for student composers to present their work publicly. In addition to performances organized by the composers themselves, the department programs works through the Composers' Orchestra, New Music Chamber Ensembles (NMCE), the Song Project, and with Visiting Artists.

• Each CRS concert aims to present 75 minutes of music without an intermission

• Students are assigned to a specific CRS concert every semester

• In advance of each CRS concert students (including assigned students) may sign up for open space

• Concerts are recorded by the Audio-Visual (AV) Department. Recordings are available from the Composition Department office the week following the concert.

• Concerts are livestreamed here: 
http://new.livestream.com/thebostonconservatory 
and remain available while space permits.

• Recitals are scheduled by the Composition Department but—except for the Composers' Orchestra concert and NMCE performances—rehearsal time is not. Composers and performers should book rehearsal times for their own performances directly with Tuaha Khan, Concert Services Manager.

• Score and Part Preparation Guidelines provides details of requirements for submitted materials

CRS Calendar 
Fall 2015

Thursday, September 17, 8:00 pm
 
CRS 1: Hemenway 401 
   
assigned
+ open submission
Tuesday, September 29, 8:00 pm
 
CRS 2: Ipswich 106
 
assigned
+ open submission
Thursday, October 15, 8:00 pm
 
CRS 3: Hemenway 401 
 
assigned
+ open submission
Tuesday, October 27, 8:00 pm
 
CRS 4: Ipswich 106
 
assigned
+ open submission
Thursday, November 12, 8:00 pm
 
CRS 5: Hemenway 401
 
assigned
+ open submission
Friday, November 20, 8:00 pm CRS 6: Ipswich 106 Composers' Orchestra
Thursday, December 10, 8:00 pm
 
CRS 7: Hemenway 401
       
assigned
+ open submission

Spring 2015

Tuesday, January 26, 8:00 pm
 
CRS 8: Ipswich 106
   
assigned
+ open submission
Thursday, February 11, 8:00 pm
 
CRS 9: Hemenway 401
 
assigned
+ open submission
Tuesday, February 23, 8:00 pm
 
CRS 10: Ipswich 106
 
assigned
+ open submission
Tuesday, March 1, 8:00 pm CRS 11: Seully Hall Song Project
Thursday, March 10, 8:00 pm CRS 12: Ipswich 106 Composers' Orchestra
Tuesday, March 15, 8:00 pm
CRS 13: Ipswich 106
assigned
+ open submission
Thursday, March 31, 8:00 pm
CRS 14: Hemenway 401
assigned
+ open submission
Tuesday, April 5, 8:00 pm

CRS 15: Ipswich 106

assigned
+ open submission
Saturday, April 16, 12:00 pm CRS 16: Hemenway 401 Graduate or Senior Recital (sign up)
Saturday, April 16, 2:00 pm CRS 17: Hemenway 401 Graduate or Senior Recital (sign up)
Saturday, April 16, 4:00 pm CRS 18: Hemenway 401 Graduate or Senior Recital (sign up)
Sunday, April 17, 12:00 pm  CRS 19: Ipswich 106 Graduate or Senior Recital (sign up) 
Sunday, April 17, 2:00 pm  CRS 20: Ipswich 106 Graduate or Senior Recital (sign up)
Sunday, April 17, 4:00 pm  CRS 21: Ipswich 106 Graduate or Senior Recital (sign up)
Tuesday, April 21, 8:00pm CRS 22: Ipswich 106 open submission
Saturday, April 23, 12:00 pm CRS 23: Ipswich 106 Graduate or Senior Recital (sign up)
Saturday, April 23, 2:00 pm CRS 24: Ipswich 106 Graduate or Senior Recital (sign up)
Saturday, April 23, 4:00 pm CRS 25: Ipswich 106 Graduate or Senior Recital (sign up)
Sunday, April 24, 2:00 pm  CRS 26: Hemenway 401 Graduate or Senior Recital (sign up)
Sunday, April 24, 4:00 pm CRS 27: Hemenway 401 Graduate or Senior Recital (sign up) 


Composers' Orchestra

Each semester The Boston Conservatory Orchestra conducted by Eric Hewitt, as part of the CRS, performs a concert of student composer works following four days of open rehearsals. 

Submission
WHERE: Room 205
WHAT: a bound score with an instrumentation page and a title page; set of bound parts for each instrument except strings; single-sided unbound set of string masters.
See here for guidelines on score and part preparation.
INSTRUMENTATION: 2.2.2.2 (standard doublings), 4.2.3.1, timpani, 2 percussion, harp, strings (10.8.6.6.3)
no soloists, additions, or substitutions
DURATION: 
• Freshman: 3 minutes maximum
• Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors: 6 minutes maximum
• Graduates: 8 minutes maximum 
WHEN: 
• Monday, October 12, by 1:00 p.m. for FALL concert
• Monday, February 1, by 1:00 p.m. for SPRING concert

 

 

New Music Chamber Ensembles 

Chamber Music is a required course for instrumental majors in which chamber ensembles, set up at the beginning of each semester, are assigned repertoire and coached, leading to a concert performance. Each semester two of these ensembles perform only contemporary music including two new works by student composers.

Composers are expected to attend coachings.

Fall 2015

Session 1
• flute, clarinet, harp, percussion
• voice, flute, bass clarinet, piano
Submissions
WHEN: by 11:00 am, Monday, September 14
WHERE: Room 205
WHAT: two scores (one for coach, one for ensemble) and set of parts
DURATION: 8–12 minutes

Session 2
• flute, clarinet, harp, percussion
• voice, flute, bass clarinet, piano
Submissions
WHEN: by 11:00 am, Monday, September 14
WHERE: Room 205
WHAT: two scores (one for coach, one for ensemble) and set of parts
DURATION: 8–12 minutes

Spring 2016

Session 3
• 2 violins, double bass
• flute, saxophone, piano, percussion
Submissions
WHEN: by 11:00 am, Friday, January 29
WHERE: Room 205
WHAT: two scores (one for coach, one for ensemble) and set of parts
DURATION: 8–12 minutes

Session 4
• 2 violins, double bass
• flute, saxophone, piano, percussion
Submissions
WHEN: by 11:00 am, Friday, January 29
WHERE: Room 205
WHAT: two scores (one for coach, one for ensemble) and set of parts
DURATION: 8–12 minutes

 


Song Project

The Song Project is organized in conjunction with the Junior Vocal Performance Seminar; instructor, Kathryn Wright; pianist, Yukiko Oba. 

Early in the Fall semester Composition majors are paired with Voice majors of the Junior Vocal Performance Seminar. Each composer writes a song for voice and piano for this singer. This project aims to give participants some experience of the commissioning process, a process that generally comes with restrictions and requirements for both the composer and the performer to work within. 

For this year's Song Project all composers will set a given text, and then choose a second text, also in English, for a second song. This second text should also be a published poem by a recognized poet. The finished work should be a set of two songs, not two unrelated songs—in other words the set should be something more than the sum of its parts.

Singers and composers are encouraged to pool their ideas about possible texts and become familiar with each other's work. 

Poem

TBD

Participants

Composer Singer
  Lucas Alvarado
  Alison Bieber
  Jamie Chelel
  Lauren Dessinger
  Elizabeth Duska
  Vanessa Kenney
  Alexandra Logue
  Alexandra Sanford
  Hannah Sigel
  Rachel Slusky
  Connor Vigeant
  Micjaela Wolz

Schedule

First Draft Submission
WHEN: Wednesday, October 7, by 1:00 pm 
WHERE: Room 205
WHAT: one bound score
INSTRUMENTATION: voice and piano 
DURATION: 6 minutes maximum (total for both songs)

Final Draft Submission
WHEN: Wednesday, October 28, by 1:00 pm 
WHERE: Room 205
WHAT: three bound scores, your score must include a title page and text page
INSTRUMENTATION: voice and piano 
DURATION: 6 minutes maximum (total for both songs)

Performance

CRS 11, Tuesday, March 1: Seully HALL, 8:00 
Concert Performance of Song Project works


Wind Ensemble Composition Competition

Students are invited to submit sample scores for large ensemble and a proposal for a new work for wind ensemble. The winning composer will write a new work, duration 8–12 minutes, to be performed by The Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble in one of their two Spring concerts.

Submission
WHEN: Monday, October 26, by 1:00pm
WHERE: Room 205
WHAT: one or two representative scores for orchestra or large ensemble, with recordings if available



Sinfonietta Composition Competition

Students are invited to submit sample scores for mixed ensemble and a proposal for a new work for The Boston Conservatory Sinfonietta. The winning composer will write a new work, duration 8–12 minutes, to be performed in one of their Spring concert.

Submission
WHEN: Monday, October 26, by 1:00pm 
WHERE: Room 205 
WHAT: one or two representative scores for orchestra or large ensemble, with recordings if available.

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