The Composition Fellowship Program combines intensive writing projects with classes, seminars, and discussions led by distinguished composers from a wide range of aesthetic perspectives.
Each Composition Fellow has at least four works performed during the summer. One will be a pre-existing chamber work designated from pieces submitted with the TMC application.
The others emerge from on-site writing projects, which involve producing work quickly in order to experiment, develop specific (perhaps unfamiliar) skills, and to foster close connections with TMC performers.
Composers enjoy weekly master-classes, individual meetings with resident and guest faculty, and opportunities to meet with visiting composers, particularly during the world-renowned Festival of Contemporary Music. The program includes sessions with: BSO musicians and librarians; resident performance faculty who are new music specialists; and experts in the areas of publishing, licensing, and more. Each composer is given a studio in which to work, and a key to the Hawthorne Cottage, where most composition classes are held and which contains two computers with internet access and the latest composition software, a grand piano, and stereo equipment.
Several commissions are awarded each year to TMC Composition Fellows for performance the following season.
The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival will invite one composer from a recent TMC class to participate in its Young Composer String Quartet Program. This will entail compositing a 6-8 minute string quartet for the Flux Quartet; a week long residency at the Festival, during which the composer will work closely with the Quartet in a workshop and rehearsal process, culminating in a public performance on a regular Festival concert and a recording; a $1000 commissioning fee; and transportation to and from Santa Fe, plus hotel and rental car during the residency.
Composition Fellows are also considered for two to three TMC commissioned works for brass, wind, and double bass ensembles, to be performed the next Tanglewood season. Commissioned composers for receive a $2,500 honorarium for their works, plus transportation and accommodations during their stay at Tanglewood for the rehearsal and performance period.