The American Composers Forum Philadelphia Chapter and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia are very please to announce an exciting new opportunity for composers in the Philadelphia area.
The Steven R. Gerber Composer Residency Program is a 3-year initiative, which each year will select a different composer to create a new work for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia (COP) and take part in various residency activities over the course of a full season. Each season will feature a new composer and focus on a specific theme, with the selected composer chosen for their abilities to make the most of that particular theme. This opportunity is made available to all composers in the Philadelphia area (including Camden County, NJ). In the event that the successful candidate is not a member of ACF Philadelphia, they will be expected to sign up for at least a 1-year membership.
For the 2017-2018 Season, the theme of the COP / ACF Gerber Residency is improvisation. Our use of this term is intended to be quite broad, covering various musical traditions that use improvisation as well as more experimental and conceptual approaches to this idea.
This is a major opportunity for Philadelphia area composers. Listed below are the full range of opportunities and responsibilities of the selected composer:
1) Compose a 15-20’ work for The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and musicians from The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz, to be premiered at COP’s Kimmel Center series program May 20 and 21, 2018. The new work will be presented in a program featuring Concerto Grossi. The new work should be constructed in a form inspired by the Concerto Grosso, using The Clef Club ensemble as the concertino and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia as the ripieno.
2) Arrange two separate realizations of Mozart’s aleatoric score Wurfspeil for chamber orchestra, to be performed at COP’s Kimmel Center series program December 3 & 4, 2017.
3) Create a new collaborative composition featuring the special needs musicians of Joybells of Melmark and members of COP for performance in Spring, 2018.
4) Co-host and co-curate one intersect event featuring improvisation in collaboration Andrew Lipke, Dirk Brosse, and Clef Club of Jazz artists. NOTE: Intersect is is a multi-genre exploration of music’s numerous crossroads. Audiences at Intersect events are encouraged to challenge their conceptions of where one genre of music ends and another begins, while enjoying a collaborative performance in the relaxed, informal atmosphere. In juxtaposing seemingly polar styles, Intersect illuminates the intrinsic universality of musical expression.
5) Conduct two composition workshops: one for COP/Primavera Fund’s one-day intensive with middle and high school musicians featuring Terry Riley’s In C, and the other with students at The Clef Club of Jazz in collaboration with Clef Club Artistic Director Lovett Hines, on improvisational models and structures.
6) Act as media spokesperson for COP/ACF during the season to promote residency programs and related programming and activities, and represent residency in up to four donor cultivation/fundraising events on behalf of ACF and COP.
7) Attend all COP Kimmel Center series concerts and Intersect events. Participate as panelist in Classical Conversations and other relevant public events, as featured artist in May Brunch with Brosse, and as special guest in Concert + Cocktails receptions.
8) For the creation of the new work and the above stated activities, the selected composer will receive an all-inclusive fee of $20,000. The completed new work will be premiered by COP as part of its 2017-2018 season at the Kimmel Center (currently planned for May 20 and 21, 2018).
The Steven R. Gerber Composer Residency is funded in part by the Steven R. Gerber Trust.
*Stage 1: *January 9th to January 23rd (due by 11:59 pm)
Call for submissions *On-line submission process
*Stage 2: *January 23rd to January 29th
a) A small committee featuring composers Amy Williams, Miya Masaoka and ACF director Gene Coleman will select up to 5 semi-finalists.
b) Review of semi-finalists by COP and ACF (5 maximum)
*Stage 3: January 30 and 31:
Selection of the winner by COP Music Director Dirk Brosse, in consultation with ACF Philadelphia
The selected composer must demonstrate an interest and ability to compose a written score for large ensemble, as well as the ability to make use of improvisation within a composition. This ability may be demonstrated by the composers own improvisation based music, or by explaining an interesting and novel approach to using improvisation and/or open form strategies (such as graphic notation).
*Please submit a short Bio and a 1-page text explaining your work and any ideas you have for the residency and its particular theme of improvisation.
*Please submit links to two or three audio samples of your best work that you have posted on your website, Soundcloud, Vimeo or Youtube. These works must demonstrate your abilities to meet the conditions of this opportunity as described above.
*Please also submit two or three scores in pdf format, these works must demonstrate your abilities to meet the conditions of this opportunity as described above. At least one score should correspond with an audio sample and at least one score should demonstrate your ability to compose for a large ensemble.
*Please send your materials by e-mail to ACF Philadelphia Director Gene Coleman at:
Complete Submissions must be received by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, January 24th. The selected composer will be announced in early February.