The Composer Slam is a fun and educational Fringe Event of the Bellingen Fine Music Festival. It is part of the Festival “Music-By-Youth Project” which is funded by Camp Creative in memory of Peter Nance and by Festivals Australia of the Australian Govenment. The Slam is being presented this year by Limelight Magazine.
For the Slam, student composers can either arrange to have their work performed or alternatively bring their laptop with a notation program file of the score of their composition to be played with the score displayed on a big screen.
The Slam will have two rounds. The first preliminary round will be held in the Bellingen Uniting Church Centre in June. The second round for preliminary round finalists will be held during the Bellingen Fine Music Festival in September in front of an audience of Music Festival attendees, their family and their friends.
The preliminary round will be adjudicated by composer Paul Jarman.
The final round will be adjudicated by composer Elena Kats-Chernin. There will be two Encouragement Awards given by Elena, each of $100 cash, and all participants in this round will have complimentary admittance to a Composition Workshop by Elena to follow shortly after the Slam.
Entrants: The Slam is for Secondary School student composers.
Their compositions can be any genre/style (classical, jazz, rock, song, etc) and must not be longer than five minutes in performance time. Each student composer can perform solo or arrange an ensemble of up to a maximum of six (fellow students or adults and optionally themself) to perform the work, or alternatively bring a laptop with a notation program file (e.g. Sibelius) of their composition to be played. A piano will be available for use.
Adjudicators: Paul Jarman and Elena Kats-Chernin
Paul Jarman was our Composer-In-Residence for the 2016 Festival. He is a renowned Australian multi-instrumentalist, composer and choirmaster. He is well known for his work with school students, assisting them to develop their compositions. Paul was commissioned by us to write “Wuuban Barri” which was performed by the Bellingen Youth Orchestra and Brisbane Birralee Voices at the 2016 Festival.
Elena Kats-Chernin is one of Australia’s leading and most prolific composers. She wrote music for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000, has written compositions for many orchestras such as the Australian World Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and in 2015 she wrote a four episode Opera “The Divorce” which was performed by Opera Australia and shown on ABC TV across Australia.
Compere: The compere for both rounds will be Patti Kearns, Principal of Coffs Harbour High School.
WHERE and WHEN
First Preliminary Round. Saturday 10th June 2017 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am, at Bellingen Uniting Church Centre, Cnr Hyde & Ford Sts, Bellingen. Friends and family are invited to attend. All participants in the Slam should arrive at 9:00 am.
Second Final Round. Saturday 23rd September 2017 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am, at Bellingen Memorial Hall. All participants should arrive at 9:00 am. As a Fringe Event of the Festival, for the audience, its just turn up and make a donation of any amount to enter. The post-Slam Composition Workshop for all participants in this round will be by Elena Kat-Chernin in the same venue from 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm.
HOW TO ENTER
Applications for entry should be made by end Tuesday 6th June latest to John Conway of the Festival Management Committee by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The following information needs to be provided:
- Composer name
- School and year
- Contact email and telephone number
- Style of work (e.g. classical, jazz, rock, song, etc)
- Name of work and length
- How to be performed (e.g. Sibelius file, solo or ensemble performance)
- If performance, name of each performer and instrument they will be playing
Applications will be accepted in order of receipt up to a maximum of 10.
Applicants having their worked performed should if possible bring their score (even if minimal) with them to the Slam for the Adjudicator.
John Conway Bellingen Fine Music Festival Committee