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COMPOSERS HUB 2023
May 30 - June 4
Madison, WI

Application Period: 

December 1, 2022 - February 1, 2023

The LunART’s Composers Hub is a professional development program designed to provide extraordinary experiences to women-identifying composers in their growing professional careers. This intensive program offers composers mentorship, hands-on experience, and individual guidance for expressing their creativity, creating clear scores, cultivating relationships with performers, the art of collaboration, and creating a viable career path as a composer. 

 

Private lessons, seminars, and masterclasses with the 2023 composer-in-residence, Dorothy Chang, will explore the works submitted by participants, while discussions and lectures about collaboration and the role of the independent composer will offer participants a well-rounded approach to their own career development. 

 

LunART Festival events and performances are geared toward providing a comprehensive artistic experience, building on and enriching the composer-specific curriculum. Interdisciplinary collaboration among artists is a core value of our organization. We believe that incorporation of other art forms such as visual art and dance adds depth to our music, while creating more opportunities to connect with audiences.

 

In order to offer personalized attention for the participants, no more than six composers will be chosen for the program. To apply, please consult the eligibility requirements and application guidelines below.

Application Period:
Oct 20  - Dec 20, 2022

Application Fee: $10

Program Cost: $750

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Dorothy Chang, 2023 Composer-in-Residence

Acceptance into Composers Hub includes:

  • 2 masterclasses with composer-in-residence Dorothy Chang

  • Private composition session with Dorothy Chang during the festival

  • 2 lectures with guest speakers delving into the topics of copyrights, finances for artists, grant writing, marketing, etc

  • Rehearsal and workshop with LunART Festival musicians

  • A live performance of the submitted piece at the Composers Hub Concert scheduled for Sunday, June 4 at 2:30 PM CT with reception to follow   

  • Professional audio and 4 camera angle video recording of the performance of your work on the Composers Hub Concert

  • Admission to all 2023 LunART Festival events

DOWNLOAD Daily Sample Schedule 

Application Guidelines

Eligible participants:

  • Open to women composers

  • Ages 18 and up

  • Composers at the earlier stages of their composition careers, meaning:

    • limited professional performances of works

    • not yet published and/or recorded professionally

    • those seeking tools to enhance their composition career

  • Composers who are interested in constructive feedback and support on a current work

 

Submitted works should be:

  • Written no earlier than January 1, 2020

  • Under 8 minutes in length

  • Single or multi-movement work not previously recorded or published

  • Scored for one to six players; see available instruments and ensemble types below

  • Work may be completed or an in-progress composition, however only completed works will be considered for performance during the festival.

 

Required Submission Materials

Applicants are evaluated based on the overall strength of the following:

    • Brief Bio

    • Short essay (200-250 words), which will determine your candidacy for Composers Hub, addressing the following:

      • Why do you believe you are a good fit for this program? 

      • What do you hope to gain from this experience, and why would you like to participate?

    • PDF of score. Scores must be created by a standard notation software such as Finale or Sibelius. Format as 8 ½ x 11.

    • MIDI recording of the work

    • Non-refundable application fee of $10

 

Submission guidelines

  • All materials must be submitted no later than December 20, 2022, 11:59pm (Central Time)

  • Late submissions will not be accepted

  • Application fees are non-refundable

  • If accepted, the submission fee will go toward the Program fee

  • Files must be uploaded through the LunART website during the submission period (application form will be active starting October 20)

Please note: Housing and transportation to and from the festival is the responsibility of the participant. Participants are eligible for discounted lodging at the Hilton Hotel-Monona Terrace during the festival, located in Madison's vibrant downtown isthmus. For more information about this offer or a list of housing options, please reach out to marie@lunartfestival.org.

Instruments available

Strings                                        

  • String quartet

  • Violin

  • Viola

  • Cello

  • Bass

Woodwinds

  • Wind quintet

  • Flute (piccolo, alto)

  • Clarinet (bass clarinet)

  • Oboe (English horn)

  • Bassoon

  • Saxophone

Brass

  • Brass quintet

  • Trumpet

  • French horn

  • Euphonium

  • Trombone

  • Tuba

Voice
Any voice type, as a solo vocal part or a member of an ensemble.

 

Piano

If your work includes prepared piano, please contact us before submitting.

Percussion

If your work includes percussion, please contact us about intended instrumentation. Percussion instruments available for the festival are limited.

What past participants say about the program!

It was wonderful to have the opportunity to meet a lot of performers. As a composer, building up the network with performers is essential for the future possibilities. The masterclass with Jenny was so helpful to learn how to build up the professional career.

 

It was a fantastic experience. The music I listened to in the evening galas inspired me, and I learned a lot from them. Iva and Laura were terrific (They made the festival perfect!!). I was so grateful to be part of the festival! 

 

This festival was wonderful. I loved the programming for all of the concerts and the exposure to all of the music by female composers. The Composers Hub was enlightening and encouraging. Thank you so much for all you are doing with this program. 

It felt amazing having the opportunity to share valuable life and music experience with other woman composers. Specially hearing Valerie's such inspiring history and extraordinary music.

Composers Hub 2022

Autumn Maria Reed, Dinah Bianchi, Allison McIntosh, Kayla Spellenberg, Xu Zheng, 2022 Composer-in-Residence Stacy Garrop, Anne McAninch

Composers Hub 2019

Claudia Sofia Alvarez, Nikea Randolph, Anna Marcus-Hecht, 2019 Composer-in-Residence Valerie Coleman, Shelby Caroline Scott, Emily Joy Sullivan, Veronica Cator

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Composers Hub 2018

2018 Composer-in-Residence Jenni Brandon, Seolhee Kim, Grace Hale, Meg Huskin, Alissa Stolt, Amy Thomas, Donna Howard

Questions about the program?
Contact Educational Program Coordinator Marie Pauls: 
marie@lunartfestival.org