Second Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute Planned for August

Application deadline is April 16

The second Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI) will be held August 7-11 at UCLA. The deadline is April 16, and all of the application information can be found at: Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute.

Up to 35 jazz composers of all career stages will be accepted into the program, which explores the challenges for writing for the symphony orchestra. Participants in JCOI will study with leading composers, conductors and performers in a curriculum designed and led by George Lewis (JCOI Director; Columbia University), Anthony Davis (University of California, San Diego), Anne LeBaron (California Institute of the Arts), Paul Chihara (UCLA), Nicole Mitchell (University of California, Irvine), James Newton (UCLA), Alvin Singleton (ACO advisor, Improvisation), and Derek Bermel (ACO Creative Advisor). The program is presented by the American Composers Orchestra (ACO) and Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University (CJS), in cooperation with the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and EarShot, the National Orchestra Composition Discovery Network.

Composers working in jazz, improvised and creative music will be selected based on musicianship, originality and potential for future growth in orchestral composition. Previous orchestral experience is not expected.

More information is included below.

Phase 1: Intensive, August 7-11, 2012

UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

Up to 35 jazz composers of all ages will converge at UCLA to explore writing for the symphony orchestra

Phase 2: JCOI Readings, April-June, 2013

Selected orchestras in California (La Jolla Symphony) and New York (American Composers Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra) will give public readings of music by the participating composers

Guidelines and Applications available here.