Composition

Composition Fellows balance intensive on-site 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 chamber work from their existing catalog. (As part of their application materials, composers submit at least one work which they would like to have performed at the Center, suitable for performance by TMC forces). The other three emerge from intensive, 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.

Each week will also include master classes, individual sessions with resident and guest faculty, and opportunities to meet with visiting composers - particularly during the world-renowned Festival of Contemporary Music. The program also includes meetings 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.

COMMISSIONING OPPORTUNITIES: Several commissions to TMC composition fellows are awarded each year for 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 or three TMC commissioned works for brass, wind, and double bass ensembles, to be performed the following Tanglewood season.  Commissioned composers for receive a $2500 honorarium for their works, plus transportation and accommodations during their stay at Tanglewood for the rehearsal and performance period.

Resident faculty for the 2018 season will include program head, Michael Gandolfi, Osvaldo Golijov, John Harbison, and others. The Director of the 2018 Festival of Contemporary Music will be Thomas Ad├Ęs, who will lead master classes for the composition fellows. 2018 on-site writing projects will include the Piece-A-Day project, Composer-As-Conductor project, and collaborative inter-arts projects to be announced.

For application requirements and to apply to the Conducting Fellowship Program, click here.