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Summer Academy Schloss Solitude 2017

International Master Class for Young Composers

Sept. 2, 2016 - Nov. 5, 2016


August 4 to 21, 2017

Application deadline November 4, 2016


 The Host Institution

Since opening its doors in 1990, Akademie Schloss Solitude has supported approximately 1,200 young artists from more than 100 countries via its fellowship program. An institution which enjoys a formidable international reputation as a leading artist residency in Germany, the Akademie is distinguished particularly by its unique selection procedure, during which independent specialist jurors select the fellows, and its liberal project funding tailored to fellows’ individual needs. Artists working in the fields of architecture, visual arts, performing arts, design, literature, music/sound and video/film/new media may apply for fellowships. The Akademie developed a new, interdisciplinary work forum in 2002 in the form of its art, science & business program. Since then, fellowships have also been granted in the fields of humanities, exact sciences and economy/economics.


 Conditions for Participation in the Summer Academy

  The Summer Academy is open to young composers, especially enrolled students of composition. Exceptions are possible.

  Candidate selection will be made by the Summer Academy instructors based on the applications.

  Course language: English

  Applicants must be covered by a health insurance.


 Benefits / Fees

 The course fee of 900 Euro covers the following:

1. All master class courses

2. Collaboration with the resident music ensemble SurPlus. The number of rehearsals with the ensemble at Akademie Schloss Solitude cannot be announced before July 2017. The ensemble cannot perform more than one piece per participant. There will be a recording of the chosen piece.

3. Participants will live in a combined apartment/studio including kitchenette and bathroom.

3. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included and will be provided in the cafeteria. Drinks for lunch and dinner are not included.


 Selection Procedure

  The instructors – Chaya Czernowin, Johannes Schöllhorn and Samir Odeh-Tamimi - in accordance with the Akademie – will select the participants based on the quality of the work samples submitted by the applicants (scores, CDs, etc.). The course is limited to 16 participants.

  No one has a legal right to be awarded participation. Therefore, the instructors are under no obligation to justify its decisions. Decisions regarding Summer Academy participation will be communicated to the applicants in writing.



  Every two years, the public foundation and residency program Akademie Schloss Solitude hosts a master class for young composers. This Summer Academy seeks to fill a gap in the education of young composers, as master classes for composers are a rarity in the European New Music scene. In contrast to a long-term course of composition study with an individual instructor, the Summer Academy enables participants to contextualize their work and compositional thought within a stimulating, probing and interdisciplinary environment, and to exchange ideas among themselves, with the teachers and with the artists present at Akademie Schloss Solitude.

The exchange between fellows of the regular artist-in-residence program and participants of the Summer Academy for Young Composers is explicitly intended and welcome.

  This master class concerns itself with musical composition through critical, individuated thinking. Discussions concentrating on the students‘ compositions and compositional thought will be the primary focus of the Summer Academy, which also includes private lessons and group sessions. Furthermore, presentations by artists from other disciplines will be offered. The Freiburg-based Ensemble SurPlus will be in residence at Akademie Schloss Solitude toward the end of the master class to prepare and perform two concerts of the participants‘ compositions.

  In order to be considered, a candidate must have submitted the completed application form, one passport photograph and the requested documentation by the application deadline November 4, 2016.

 Incomplete applications will be returned and not considered. It is not possible to submit forms or samples separately.


   Required work samples for the application (as recent as possible):

Not more than three works with scores and recordings or when applicable, scores or recordings only.

   Required work samples (applicable for selected participants)

With regard to the pieces to be performed at the end of the course, participants have two choices:

1. To write a new piece for ensemble SurPlus for the line up below OR for any combination of instruments within this line up: fl, ob, cl, vn, vla, vc, db, pf, perc

2. To choose an existing piece which fits into the line-up of the ensemble.

3. The pieces should be maximum 10 min. long,

 4. String quartets are not accepted.

5. Score and voices have to be delivered to the ensemble SurPlus by May 19, 2017 at the latest. 

The Akademie Schloss Solitude cannot assume responsibility for submitted materials. They will be destroyed after the selections have been made. Selected applicants’ documentation will be retained in the Akademie’s archive.


Applications for this competition will open on Sept. 2, 2016