San Francisco Contemporary Music Players announces
SF Search 
a SFCMP education program


The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP) and Eric Dudley, Artistic Director, are pleased to invite applications for our annual
SF Search Education Program. Composers under 30 in the San Francisco Bay Area and, for the first time, nationwide, are invited to submit a piece for inclusion on our ‘at the CROSSROADS’ series concert at SFJAZZ in May 2019, on a program featuring the music of Julius Eastman and Bay Area composer, improviser, and pianist Myra Melford. As part of this education program, three composers will receive a private score reading and feedback session, a public performance on a subscription-series concert, and an archival recording. In addition the winning composers will receive a $500 stipend. In this year’s search, composers are invited and encouraged to consider the life and legacy of Julius Eastman as inspiration behind the submitted work. 

The selected three composers have the opportunity to participate in a private reading session and panel on Friday May 10, 2019 from 2:15 – 3:45 pm at SFJazz. At this session, each composer’s piece will be read by the ensemble, with feedback following from the musicians, Artistic Director Eric Dudley, and Bay Area composer, Michael Gilbertson. The winning works will be performed on the evening of Saturday, May 11 at 7:30pm, as part of SFCMP’s subscription-series concert at SFJazz in San Francisco. Winning applicants living in the San Francisco Bay Area will be required to attend these events; winners outside of the region are not required, though strongly encouraged to attend.

ABOUT JULIUS EASTMAN

A pioneering figure in contemporary music in the latter-half of the twentieth century, Julius Eastman was a pianist, vocalist, and composer whose rhythmically and emotionally-charged music has often been seen as a prototype for Minimalism. From his time as a member of the S.E.M. Ensemble at the University of Buffalo, giving acclaimed and controversial performances of works by Peter Maxwell Davies and John Cage, to his time in New York City, collaborating with artists such as Lukas Foss and Meredith Monk, Eastman’s music has always engaged with styles across genres and disciplines.

PROGRAM OUTLINE

Applicants apply by submitting a completed score and parts along with a written narrative about the motivation behind the music and its connection to composer Julius Eastman, if any. Above all, the judges for this year’s search are looking for work with a unique contemporary musical voice that represents the adventurous and questioning spirit embodied by a figure like Julius Eastman.

SCORE CRITERIA

  • The score must be original.
  • The score must be no longer than 7 minutes and no less than 5 minutes.
  • The score submitted will be the score performed by the Players; no revisions will be permissible after the submission date.
  • The score must be arranged for flute, cello, and percussion. Standard instrumental doublings are acceptable e.g. piccolo, alto flute. Percussion requirements: mallet instruments may include vibraphone or glockenspiel, basic drum resources (snare, kick, toms, field, brake, small or medium bass drum, etc), cymbals, small gongs, small handhelds, etc. No large instruments such as orchestra chimes, thundersheet, tam-tam, wind machine, or other keyboard instruments.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY

  1. Those who are under the age of 30 before the performance date of May 11, 2019.
  2. Any composers with a permanent address in the United States of America. 
  3. For applicants living in the San Francisco Bay Area, if selected, you must be present at the reading session on May 10, 2019 at 2:15pm and at the concert on Saturday, May 11 at 7:30pm at SFJazz in San Francisco. Non-Bay Area applicants are not required to attend although strongly encouraged to attend. The San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA or Sacramento-Roseville Combined Statistical Areas is defined here.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

November 30, 2018 at midnight, PST. Winners will be notified by late December, 2018.

HOW TO APPLY

The application will ask for links to the items in the list below. To create the links, we recommend using Google Drive, Dropbox, or any secure file-sharing platform.
Please have these items ready before clicking apply below.

  1. There is a nominal application fee of $10 payable by debit or credit card. If you do not have one of these cards, contact us at the address below.
  2. Electronically-notated conductor’s score and parts with industry-standard notation (PDF format)
  3. Narrative describing the piece, and if applicable, the influence of Julius Eastman on the submitted work (max 1 page, min 200 words) (PDF format)
  4. Audio file, if available (link to MP3 or hosted audio file)
  5. One high-resolution image (does not have to be a formal headshot, but does have to be high resolution, min 72dpi) (JPG format)
  6. Composer bio (max 200 words)

For questions about this application please contact Lisa Oman, Executive Director at 415-633-8802 or email director@sfcmp.org.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

Are there available doublings?
Yes, if the playing of the two instruments is by a single player.

How comfortable are the players with alternate tunings?
If the score contains alternate tunings, the panel would like to see the score before submitting it.

Is the full ensemble instrumentation required?
Yes


ABOUT SFCMP

The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP), a unionized ensemble of highly skilled musicians, performs innovative contemporary classical music. We nourish the creation and dissemination of new works through high-quality musical performances, commissions, and community outreach. We promote the music of composers from across cultures and stylistic traditions who are creating a vast and vital 21st century musical language. We seek to share these experiences with as many people as possible, both in and outside of traditional concert settings.

Led by Artistic Director Eric Dudley since 2018, SFCMP plays an important role in the regional and national cultural landscape. The most long-standing, continually performing new music ensemble outside the East Coast, SFCMP uses performances, collaborative projects, commissions, and educational outreach activities to give audience members and participants opportunities to discover musical repertoire that is new to them – and to use these experiences as ways to better understand, interact with, and enjoy their lives and our world.

In addition to programmatic innovation, our performances are rooted in artistic virtuosity. Our 24 core musicians are among the Bay Area’s leading performers and educators. They are active as soloists and chamber musicians and leaders of several dynamic performance groups in California and beyond.

Now embarking on our 48th season, SFCMP’s work has greatly contributed to the art form and the new music sector. A recent award winner of the Fromm Foundation Ensemble Prize, a ten-time winner of the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, we have performed more than 1,200 new works by over 600 composers. Over 300 of these have been premieres, and we have commissioned some 80 new works from such composers as John Adams, George Crumb, and Julia Wolfe. SFCMP has been presented by leading cultural festivals and concert series including San Francisco Performances, Los Angeles Monday Evening Concerts, Cal Performances, the Stern Grove Festival, the Festival of New American Music at CSU Sacramento, the Ojai Festival, and France’s prestigious MANCA Festival.