Cal State L.A. Choral Composer Workshop, April 10-12, 2015
Application Deadline: February 1, 11:59 pm, Pacific Time.
INSPIRAVI Chamber Choir
Dr. Sébastien Vallée, Director of Choral Studies
California State University, Los Angeles
Dr. Sara Graef, Professor of Composition and Theory
California State University, Los Angeles
Dr. James Hopkins, Professor Emeritus of Composition
University of Southern California
Composers are invited to submit up to two works for consideration for the 2015 Cal State L.A. Choral Composer Workshop.
Composers may attend the workshop at one of three levels:
- Featured Composers will have one work selected to be performed by professional choir INSPIRAVI on the main workshop concert, and are encouraged to attend all workshop concerts and activities.
- Participating Composers will have one work read by INSPIRAVI during a reading session (which will be recorded), and are encouraged to attend all workshop concerts and activities.
- Auditors are encouraged to attend all workshop concerts and activities.
All composers selected as Featured Composers or Participating Composers must register for and attend the workshop.
Who may apply:
The workshop is open to undergraduate and graduate composition students as well as post-graduate and professional composers of any age and nationality.
There is not fee for submission, but selected composers and auditors must register for and attend the workshop.
- Featured Composer: $395
- Participating Composer: $295
- Auditors: $95
- Composers may submit up to two works for consideration.
- Length: Pieces may be any length, but preference will be given to shorter pieces (3-4 minutes).
- Scores should be a capella or with keyboard accompaniment, and must include a piano reduction for rehearsal purposes.
- Pieces must be for 4-part, SATB chorus. (divisi up to 12 parts)
- Pieces should have been composed within the last five years.
- Composers must have written permission to use any texts not in the public domain.
- Pieces may have been previously performed, but preference will be given to pieces without an extensive performance or award history.
All submissions must be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do not mail hard copies.
If you are applying to be a Featured Composer or Participating Composer:
- PDF of the score, including proof of permission for any texts not in the public domain.
- Recording of the piece (MIDI recordings will be accepted, but live recordings are far preferable)
- A one-page resume
- A 150-word (maximum) bio
- The performance history of the piece(s) you are submitting
- A statement that specifies whether you are interested in attending the workshop as a Participating Composer or Auditor if you are not selected as a Featured Composer.
If you are applying to be an Auditor:
- Please send a 1-page resume and 150-word bio.
All submissions must be received by: February 1, 2015, 11:59pm, Pacific Time.
Composers will be notified by: March 1, 2015
Featured Composers and Participating Composers must provide 30 hard copies of the score by: March 15, 2015
Copies of scores for selected pieces:
- Scores must be double-sided, folded, and center-stapled on 8.5” x 11” or 8.5” x 14” paper. Please do not submit spiral or comb-bound scores.
- Texts must be large enough to comfortably read.
- Must use transposed tenor clef (not bass clef) for tenor parts.
Please contact Dr. Sébastien Vallée at email@example.com
with any questions regarding the workshop or your submissions.
Dr. Sara Graef
Sara Carina Graef was awarded the Northridge Composition Prize for her orchestral score, night shows to my eyes the stars, and won the Premio Citta’ di Pescara Composition Competition in Italy for her piano solo, Nottanosti. She was the recipient of the Sadye J. Moss Endowed Musical Composition Prize and the Hans J. Salter Award for Composition, and was elected to membership in Phi Kappa Lambda. She has held residencies at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, the Ucross Foundation, the Ragdale Foundation, the Hambidge Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Ernest Bloch Festival, and the Oregon Bach Festival Composers’ Symposium.
Her music has been performed around the United States as well as in Canada and the Czech Republic. Performances include her commission for the Tupelo Symphony Orchestra (now the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra), Cooling in the Peppermint Wind, performed by both the Tupelo Symphony and the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, Softly Dancing from the Polar Sky and U.S. Patent No. 821,393. FLYING MACHINE. O. & W. Wright, both for symphonic wind ensemble, her arrangement of the Welsh carol, All Through the Night, for orchestra and children’s chorus, Consilience for violin and piano, and Building 58 for player piano, which was part of the Los Angeles-based “Player Piano Project” composers’ consortium commissioning project. In addition to concert music, she has music-directed and composed music for various film, live theater, and television projects, including “How ‘bout Now?” - a multi-media, interdisciplinary project at California State University, Los Angeles.
Sara was born in Nassau County, New York in 1971, where she lived until 1986, when she moved with her family to Tulsa, Oklahoma. She earned her Bachelor of Music in flute performance and composition from Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas, and her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in composition from the University of Southern California, where her principal teachers were James Hopkins, Morten Lauridsen, and Erica Muhl. She served as the President of Friends of Music at Cal State L.A. for seven years, helping to raise money for scholarships for Cal State L.A. music majors, and has served on the board of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Composers Forum. She is currently a Professor of Music at Cal State L.A., and has previously taught at the University of Southern California and Whittier College. In addition to her work in music, she served for several years as the Stranding Coordinator for the Alaska Whale Foundation - a non-profit research organization in southeast Alaska.
Her most recent compositions include a brass quintet written for the faculty of the Luzerne Music Center in upstate New York, a violin trio written for the young artists at the Luzerne Music Center, and a song cycle for soprano, trumpet, and piano, which was commissioned by Oxford, Mississippi-based performers Nancy Maria Balach and John Schuesselin and premiered in March, 2014.
Dr. James Hopkins
Composer James Hopkins has written works for practically every instrument and ensemble. "Highly idiomatic writing" and "colorful, exotic orchestrations" are often cited as characteristics of his work. His output ranges in scale from intimate solo and choral pieces to large orchestral works, some with chorus. His catalog includes seven symphonies and four concertos.
Among performers and ensembles who have played his works are the National Symphony, the Seattle Symphony and Symphony Chorus, organists David Higgs, Fredrick Swann and Diane Meredith Belcher, the North Shore Band, the Fine Arts Quartet and the Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale.
Organizations that have commissioned his works include the National Endowment for the Arts, the Orange County Philharmonic Society, the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada (Spain), and the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra, as well as numerous churches and educational institutions.
His most recent major composition, Concierto de Los Angeles, was commissioned by the American Guild of Organists for its 2004 National Convention. Premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and soloist Cherry Rhodes, it was the first work for organ to be performed in a public concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Dr. Sébastien Vallée
Active conductor, scholar, clinician, and adjudicator, Sébastien Vallée is Director of Choral Studies at California State University, Los Angeles where he teaches conducting at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, directs the Three- Summer Master of Music in Choral Conducting, and conducts the University’s choral ensembles and opera productions. Prior to his appointment at CalState L.A., Dr. Vallée was on the choral faculty of the University of Redlands. Ensembles under his direction have sung for the California Music Educators Conferences and were awarded first place at the San Luis Obispo International Choral Competition in 2011.
Vallée has studied under such renowned conductors as Chester Alwes, Eduardo Diazmunoz, Iwan Edwards, Agnes Grossman, Chantal Masson-Bourque, Nicole Paiement, Raphaele Ponti, Miroslav Papsavov, Donald Schleicher, and Jon Washburn. Dr. Vallée holds degrees from the Université Laval, the Université de Sherbrooke, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
In addition to his interest in choral, operatic, and orchestra music, Vallée is an advocate for contemporary music, making one of his priorities to premiere and commission works by young composers and program rarely performed repertoire. Dr. Vallée is also founder and director of INSPIRAVI, a 20-voice professional chamber choir, Artistic Director of the Mountainside Master Chorale, and Choir Director at Glendale City Church, and Director of Music at Pasadena First United Methodist Church.