5 composers to be selected for residencies with the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras in 2019-20 – June 30 application deadline

Call for Applications

Overview

In partnership with Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras (FSYO), Central Florida Composers Forum invites current composer members (if you would like to join CF2, please indicate so at the end of the form you will fill out, linked below) to apply for one of five possible composer residencies with ensembles within the FSYO organization.

Residencies will take place during 2019-2020 concert season. Composers may apply for more than one residency, but will not be granted more than one. Each applicant composer agrees to at least three interactions with their ensemble (two preliminary sessions and one rehearsal) in addition to attending the premiere of the work they write. Rehearsals take place on Sundays, starting August 18th. Each composer will receive a small stipend for their residency, and each residency will have its own timeline.

Theme

The unifying theme for all the residencies is PULSE. We leave it to the composer to interpret that theme in any meaningful and appropriate way (musically, biologically, culturally, etc.).

Ensemble information

1. Symphonic Orchestra – (A new work 9-12+ minutes duration) $500 stipend. Season Finale Concert premiere on May 3rd, 2020; final parts and score deadline March 11th. This is their premiere orchestra. They play difficult music at a high level.

2. Philharmonia Orchestra – (A new work 4-10+ minutes duration) $500 stipend. Spring Concert premiere on March 8th, 2020; final parts and score deadline January 8th. This group is comprised of younger, less experienced players than the Symphonic Orchestra, but is still capable of rendering complex repertoire.

3. Jazz 1 Orchestra (17-20 players) – (A new work 4-6+ minutes duration) $500 stipend. Premiere TBD. Highly capable jazz band.

4. Prelude Orchestra – (A new work 4-6 minutes duration) $400 stipend. Spring Concert premiere on March 8th, 2020; final parts and score deadline January 8th. This is a beginner full orchestra (light on brass) that typically plays early classical repertoire, for example.

5. Overture Strings –  (A new work 3-4 minutes duration) $300 stipend. Season Opener Concert premiere on October 20th, 2019; final parts and score deadline September 13th. This is their entry level string group. Think of Suzuki book 2. You may consider a story telling component or involving one or two professional level adult musicians.

For more information on the ensembles, please visit: https://www.fsyo.org/programs/orchestras.html

Application Process

The entire application can be accomplished by following this link.

There, you will be asked the following questions:

  • Which ensemble are you applying to work with (First, Second, Third Choice)?
  • What does the residency ideally look like to you, and what role will you as the composer ideally play? If you have more than one choice for ensemble, would your answer change for each ensemble? If so, how?
  • How do you envision incorporating the theme of PULSE into the residency? If you have more than one choice for ensemble, would your answer change for each ensemble? If so, how?
  • If you envision involving a third-party local artist or organization, who would it be and why? (leave blank if N/A)

You will also be asked to supply a single MP3 (can be excerpts, up to 10MB*), a single PDF of a score sample, and a 100-200 word biography.

The deadline for the application to be submitted is June 30, 2019.

If you have any questions, please email cfcomposers@gmail.com or text me at 407.619.6715.

Incomplete submissions will be rejected. *If the file size of the submission exceeds 10MB, please email a Dropbox/Google Drive or equivalent link.

Guitarist Robert Phillips commissioned, recorded, and now presents 3 CF2 composers on May 17, 2019

Internationally noted classical guitarist Robert Phillips will be giving a concert of new music at the Timucua Arts Foundation White House on May 17 at 7:30 PM. The centerpiece of the concert will be a set of six dances written for Robert by Central Florida based composers. Those composers include Jorge Morel, CF2 members Benoit Glazer, Charles Griffin, and Troy Gifford, as well as Howard Buss, and Rex Willis. In addition, Phillips will play a set of Nocturnes composed for him by British composer John W. Powell.

Phillips recently recorded the pieces that comprise this program. The works are in dance rhythms ranging from waltzes to rumbas and incorporating elements of Afro-Cuban music, Flamenco, and Brazilian dance rhythms. They are to be performed as a set along with a prelude by Robert under the title of The Orange Blossom Dances. These important new works will be released by MSR Classics.

Robert has brought his brilliant interpretations to a diverse range of venues – from traditional concert halls including New York’s prestigious Town Hall, and Lincoln Center to jazz nightclubs. His performance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall was sold out. In addition to the standard repertory, Robert performs his own compositions, and has premiered works by three-time Pulitzer nominee, Frank Brazinski, Eric Ross, Alfred Giusto, and Meyer Kupferman, as well as a concerto written for him by three-time Grammy winner, Michael Colina. The works by Kupferman and Colina were written for him.

Robert’s recordings include Guitarre Nouveau on TPL records and Lo Mestre, the Music of Miguel Llobet on Centaur records, as well as his self-re-released two volume set, Great Themes and Variations for Classic Guitar (originally released by Mel Bay as a companion to his anthology.) Robert also recently recorded several Spanish songs with Chinese coloratura soprano Shudong Braamse on her Global Music Awards Gold Medal winning album, Sueños De España (Navona Records).

Robert spent the summer of 2017 in Spain participating as a teacher, ensemble coach, and performer in the Chamber Art Madrid music festival. Phillips performed some of the newly commissioned works at this festival. He will be at the festival again in the summer of 2019.
The Timucua Arts Foundation is located at 2000 S Summerlin Ave. Orlando, Florida 32806. The concert begins at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online here.

2018 Composer’s Salon – Sunday September 9th at 7:30pm

The Central Florida Composer’s Forum is proud to present their 6th annual Composer’s Salon Concert on Sunday, September 9th 2018, 7:30 pm at the Timucua white house (2000 S. Summerlin Ave. Orlando 32806). Five local Central Florida composers: Stan Cording, Troy Gifford, Sharon Omens, Paul Austin Sanders, and Damien Simon will feature original compositions including local and world premieres in a diverse array of musical stylings. Instrumentation includes, piano, violin, clarinet, string quartet, and electronic music.

Salon concerts originated with princes and other royalty holding music concerts in their great rooms or “salons” in their palaces. This rich cultural tradition continues in modern day Orlando with benefactors Benoit Glazer and Élaine Corriveau graciously hosting the 6th Annual Composer’s Salon at their home, the Timucua white house. The concert is free and donations are welcome. You’re also encouraged to bring a bottle of wine or a snack to share. For more information, please visit cfcomposers.org.

About the Composers 

Stan Cording

A native of Orlando, Florida, Stan Cording began studying piano at the age of 8 and eventually majored in music at Rollins College. While he has worked as a professional accompanist and pianist with various local ensembles, his avocation has always been music composition. At the beginning of his career, he pushed against the prevailing trend toward atonal and minimalist music, championing what has come to be known as New Lyricism—a re-engagement with tonality and melody. Cording has always strived to achieve an immediacy and clarity of expression that results in music that audiences love to hear and musicians find gratifying to perform. His album of Christmas music for strings, Christmas Carols Old and New can be found on iTunes and Amazon, featuring both arrangements and original compositions.

Troy Gifford

Dr. Troy Gifford is an award winning guitarist and composer whose music synthesizes elements of Latin, classical, jazz, and rock styles.   His compositions have been performed by acclaimed artists on multiple continents, including at festivals and concerts in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.  He has written music in a variety of settings, including pieces for guitar, voice, piano, orchestra, choir, band, and various chamber ensembles.  He has also written for both the stage and film.

He has won a number of awards for his music, including first prize in composition competitions sponsored by the Guitar Foundation of America, Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, and the University of Miami.  He has released two CDs of all original material: Delineations (on Flatfoot Records) and Olvidando.  His music has been published by Doberman Yppan and Mel Bay, and he currently serves as a regular columnist for the digital guitar magazine Fingerstyle Guitar Journal.

Dr. Gifford has taught at several colleges and universities and currently lives in Orlando, FL, where he serves as the chair of the music department at Valencia College.

Text for Night Voices (from the poem by Arthur Conan Doyle):

Father, father, who's whispering?

Who is it who whispers in the wood?

You say it is the breeze

As it sighs among the trees,

But there's someone who whispers in the wood.


Father, father, who's murmuring?

Who is it who murmurs in the night?

You say it is the roar

Of the wave upon the shore,

But there's someone who murmurs in the night.


Father, father, who laughs at us?

Who is it who chuckles in the glen?

Oh, father, let us go,

For the light is burning low,

And there's someone laughing in the glen.

 

Father, father, tell me what you're waiting for,

Tell me why your eyes are on the door.

It is dark and it is late,

But you sit so still and straight,

Ever staring, ever smiling, at the door.

Sharon Omens

Sharon Omens is currently the acting President of the Composers Forum. She is a prolific composer, performer and music educator who has a deep passion for music. After receiving her Bachelors of Music and Certificate of Music Therapy, she devoted more than 30 years training young musicians and using music as a source of healing with those in need. She has been a spiritual performer of both piano and voice and has produced six albums with her original compositions. Sharon regularly showcases her original music at the Timucua White House, The Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts and Christ Church Unity Orlando.

Paul Austin Sanders

..from the Innersanctum Creative Flow Chamber , Paul Austin Sanders Bids you welcome..he studied music At Western Washington University as a vocal performance major with added studies in composition and opera workshop ( at one point found the door to the theatre dept and did some minor studies in Actors workshop)..before that at Skagit Valley College he studied Jazz bass on top of his vocal music studies…since then work with various opera companies, music ensembles, theatre groups, film productions, and music compositional and artistic creative flow…it is always on the go…..Tubularus Ethereality…soundscape for plastic tube effected layered voices. singing through a tube does a number on the vocal sound…a haunting foggy night…mystery lurking out there…… Fluid Motion in the Evening Air… Glass Bottles and layered Voices…the harmonic structure was created by the multi tracked glass bottles..then the vocal cells were layered in creating the tapestry of sound… a meditative moment in time … Perpetuatum…layered keyboards and voices…started with three innerweaving keyboard tracks ,then the vocals were layered in ..sharing the melodic theme cells between the keys and voices..may it take you to another realm all together…

Damien Simon

Damien Simon is an internationally known composer for ballet/contemporary dance companies, orchestras/ensembles, tv/film companies. As a graduate of the Purchase Conservatory (NY) and the University College of Dublin (Ireland), Damien relocated to Orlando from Buffalo, NY. In addition to writing scores; Damien is a private music teacher in multiple instruments and composition. Damien has written dozens of scores from contemporary ballets in Holland, to ensembles in Austria, to independent films in Australia. Many of his scores become internationally touring pieces, touring all over Europe, Russia and the US.

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“ Chicken “ , is a solo Clarinet solo dedicated to the life of Craig Norwood

Composer’s Salon Concert – Sunday January 7th 2018

The 2017 composer’s salon has been rescheduled to Sunday January 7th, 2018 at the Orlando White House (2000 South Summerlin, Orlando FL 32806). Below are a list of featured composers sorted alphabetically. We hope that you join us for an enjoyable evening of new music written by central Florida composers.

Music by Daniel Crozier has been performed or recorded by the Fort Worth Opera, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the New York City Opera, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. The composer writes: “I have always loved yet resisted setting the poetry of Emily Dickinson, the austerity of whose verse seemed to make the idea of adding music somehow intrusive. These four settings were completed in 2014 at the special request of Julia Foster Rottmayer. They were dedicated to her, and to Christopher Rottmayer, on the occasion of their wedding.”

Nicole Gutman is a composer and singer most known for incorporating interdisciplinary medium into her music. Almost all her music tells a story or conveys a physical or emotional setting through onomatopoeia and theatrics from the musicians. Nicole’s worked with leading ensembles including EnsembleNewSRQ, Yarn/Wire, SŌ Percussion and the JACK Quartet. Her current project is a book of songs sung unaccompanied called the A Cappe a Arias. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with Lewis Nielson and Josh Levine.

The Thing About Cats – Based on a poem by John L’Heureux, this song explores the reason why cats always stare at us. I wrote the music in the point of view of a person who’s had many experiences with these staring cats and and how the act of staring ruining the person’s pleasures in everyday life. The person is using this song to give a warning to everyone listening.

Witness – I wrote the poem in response to the first page of Watchmen by Alan Moore, depicting a New York City street after a murder. The narrator says that this started with something very minor and is now growing into a catastrophe that no one can stop now, but they could have stopped it when it was a minor problem. I wanted to use the build up of a sentence to showcase something starting small and spreading until it creates a huge problem. When setting the poem to music, I applied the same concept to a melody.

Mowing – This song occasionally inserts a whoosh sound effect, reflecting the sound of the scythe described the poem by Robert Frost. The feel of the scythe moving back and forth along the lawn continues its presence in the melody’s slow and steady pulse.

Paul Harlyn has released 7 Chill albums under the artist name Great Barrier whose song “Cairo” was released on Buddha Bar Vol. II that has had sales of over a half a million units. He also has tracks on many chill-out compilations; Search Paul Harlyn in Spotify or paulharlyn.com

Three Views of Japan

  1. The Question of Rain –  A Hakone Ryokan 2:44
  2. Phases of the Moon – A Kyoto Maiko-San 2:51
  3. Nothing Stays the Same – Tokyo at Night 3:38

Each of these short piano pieces were composed while viewing the pictures I took of the culture I experienced during my recent visit to Japan.

Seunghee Lee (b. 1980), a composer and a pianist, was born and raised in South Korea, where she studied composition and piano at Seoul Arts High School and Ewha Womans University. Prior to moving to Southwest Florida in 2015, Lee received a master’s degree in composition from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Ph.D. in music composition and theory from Brandeis University. Lee is an Assistant Professor of Music at Ave Maria University.

Flying Kite (2017) – After launching a kite into the air, a kite flies in many different patterns depending on its shape, size, direction of wind, and technique of the person who is flying the kite. Kites maybe be flown for recreation and other practical uses. During the First Full Moon Day (Daeboreum, the 15th of January by the lunar calendar) in Korea, some write a phrase like “Bad luck be gone, good luck stay” and let their kites fly away, hoping to have good luck in the coming year.

‘Flying Kite’ for Piano Solo consists of five movements, and each movement describes different patterns and ways of kite flying.  The music is focused on genuinely portraying the movement of the kite, sometimes calmly and other times lively or a bit chaotic, rather than relating music to a particular purpose of flying a kite.

As the piece progresses, I also invite the audience to imagine and experience the spiritual aspect of kite flying, such as sending a message up to God or letting go of hassles and troubles by flying a kite away.

Brandon Martin

I currently perform at Disney with the Voices of Liberty a cappella vocal ensemble, with whom I have performed for two years.  I have earned music degrees from FSU and USF. I write mostly choral/vocal music, but I am venturing into instrumental music more and am writing my first musical.

Danses antiques was inspired by the Swingle Singers performing Bach, but also by the French Baroque style—a modern tribute akin to Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin. I try to give a nod to the Baroque without rigidly adhering to the style.

David James Nielsen is a composer for film, TV, and concert hall.

Welcome to Nantucket” was composed for the “Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket” feature film, and is heard in the opening credits of the film showing Annabelle Hooper and her family driving through Nantucket to a house they will be staying at for a vacation on the island. The music has a uplifting feel and features strings, piano, celeste, and solos for flute, oboe, clarinet,and bassoon.

“Annabelle Finale and End Credits” was composed for the “Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket” feature film, and is heard as Annabelle Hooper is leaving Nantucket island on a fairy boat. The music incorporates the love them between the characters Annabelle and Billy, and features piano, strings, french horn, and solos for clarinet, flute and oboe.

Sharon Omens is a composer, performer and music educator who has a deep passion for music.

After receiving her Bachelors of Music and Certificate of Music Therapy, Sharon devoted more than 30 years training young musicians and using music as a source of healing. She has been a spiritual performer of both piano and voice and has produced 6 albums with her original compositions. Currently, she is a member of the Central Florida Composers Forum and has featured her original compositions at the Timacua White House, The Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts and Christ Church Unity Orlando.

Damien Simon is an internationally known music composer for Ballet/Contemporary Dance Companies, TV/Film, Orchestras and Ensembles around the world. Damien has written dozens of scores for multiple genres and sizes of groups, depending on the goals of the project.

Educated at the Purchase Conservatory (NY) and University College of Dublin (IRELAND)   Website:  https://damiensimon.net

These 2 scores: “Bailey’s Nails”  and “False Narratives”, scores for Guitar and Viola/Guitar, were commissioned for performers in Salzburg, Austria at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg. and this will be their US premiere.

Call for Participation: Fourth Annual Composers Salon

Overview

Central Florida composers are invited to submit works for the 4th Annual Composers Salon concert held at the Orlando White House on Sunday, September 18th at 7:30PM. All styles of art music, acoustic and electronic, are welcome for consideration. The composers must provide their own performers. The concert will be presented to an audience of new music fans in Orlando and live-streamed on the Web. Participants will receive a complimentary audio and video recording.

Purpose

The annual salons are concerts that celebrate new music written by local composers in the central Florida area. They are an opportunity for composers to share new music with the central Florida community. The concerts are free (donations welcome) and all ears are welcome.

Eligibility

Members of CFCF will receive priority for programming. Membership details are here on the site. Email David MacDonald with membership questions.

Application Deadline

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, August 14th. Please email the following information to Eric Brook (ericjbrook@gmail.com):

  • Title
  • Duration
  • Instrumentation
  • Performer’s Names
  • Score/Audio Recording/Proposal

Selection Process

Approximately 60-75 minutes of music will be scheduled. In the event that more than 75 minutes of music is submitted, scheduling priority will be on a first come first served basis. CFCF would like to thank the Timucua Arts Foundation for administrative assistance and use of the concert space.

Jan. 25: Sacred Sounds at Cathedral Church of St. Luke

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The Central Florida Composers Forum and the Cathedral Church of St. Luke proudly announce Sacred Sounds, a collaborative concert of contemporary spiritual music. Under the direction of Benjamin Lane, spiritual and sacred music will be performed by the adult choirs of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, along with their Orlando Deanery Boychoir, Girls’ Choir. Guest instrumentalists include cellist Shona McFadyen-Mungall and the Orlando Brass Quintet (Rick Ingoglia and Ken Cutler, trumpets; Michael Barr, French horn; Ben Kon trombone; and William Miller, Tuba). Admission is free.

This will be a fascinating, diverse, and emotionally moving program. Carl Maultsby’s “I Hear Music in the Air” for children’s choir and organ is based upon and evokes the rich history of U.S. slave spirituals, while Keith Lay’s “Wonderous Love” is a 20th century arrangement of the 19th century Southern folk hymn that expresses awe at the love of God.

Benjamin Lane’s epic and joyful “Te Deum” for choir, organ and brass quintet, Michael Miller and Benjamin Lane’s collaborative “Let the People Praise You” for choir, organ, and brass quintet, and Stan Cording’s celebratory “Praise Ye the Lord” for choir and organ all evoke the celebratory and triumphal side of much sacred music while Glenn Osbourne’s chromatic “God, Your Golden Doorway Beckons” for children’s choir and piano highlights a more reflective side of the sacred.

Charles Griffin has two works on the program, a gut-wrenching setting of Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Pieta” for solo mezzo soprano, cello and organ, and “Out of nothingness,” for choir, organ and percussion, which weaves together fragments of poetic texts by various Sufi mystics and evokes non-Western spiritual dance traditions that rely on trance states.

Benoit Glazer’s “Into the Light (Prelude and Fugue in C minor)” for trumpet and organ was written specifically for this concert and marries elements of the improvisatory spirit of Jazz with the rigor of baroque counterpoint as found in the work of the Baroque master of church music, J.S. Bach.

Always Park Free. You can now park anytime 24/7 in the Regions Tower Garage. Entering the up-ramp on Washington, receive an Entrance ticket. At the Cathedral, pick up an Exit ticket from an usher. Using the two tickets, exit the garage free of charge. And street meters are still free all day on Sundays.

For more information call or text 407.951.0550.

Canines For Veterans Tickets On Sale Now!

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The Central Florida Composers Forum, Florida poets, and the Sovereign Brass are proud to honor the dedication and service American military veterans by presenting Canines for Veterans, a program of music and poetry November 9, 10, and 11 throughout the state of Florida. Proceeds from these concerts will be donated to K9s For Warriors, a Florida-based charity that provides service dogs to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. The performances are sponsored by the Bryce L. West Foundation, Herschel Lasik, the Timucua Arts Foundation, and Full Sail University.

The concerts will feature patriotic standards as well as world premieres of new music and poems presented by Florida composers and poets. The concert will be performed three times:

  • Nov. 9, 7:30pm
    Trinity Preparatory School Auditorium
    5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park, FL 32792
    also featuring the Trinity Prep Choir
    Tickets: $20 [purchase]
  • Nov. 10, 7:30pm
    University of South Florida School of Music Concert Hall
    4202 East Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33620
    Tickets: $20 [purchase]
  • Nov. 11, 7:30pm
    Community Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville (Atlantic Beach)
    150 Sherry Dr, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
    Tickets: $30 [purchase]

Tickets are on sale now for all three concerts through the links above. Please help us to support the great work K9s For Warriors does to help American military families.

Please also support Artists for Veterans, a companion art auction presented by the Timucua Arts Foundation. The auction will be held Nov. 3, beginning at 5:30pm at the Gallery at Avalon Island in downtown Orlando. See the Timucua projects page for more details.

Fall 2014 Composers Salon Video

Thanks to everyone who came out to last weekend’s concert at the white house. We had a great time and heard some wonderful performances. In case you missed it, we’d like to share this video of excerpts from the performance.

Thanks again for listening. We hope to see you next time. Check back here for information about our upcoming performances.

Mark your calendars for our next concert: Music for Saxophone and Electronics, Oct. 5, 7:30pm at the white house (2000 South Summerlin Ave.).