Laura Schwendinger portrait

Residency Dates: 06/24/2018 - 07/14/2018
Application Deadline: Sunday 01/21/2018

The first composer to win the Berlin Prize, University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor, Laura Schwendinger’s music championed by Dawn Upshaw (Tour, Naxos), Matt Haimovitz, Miranda Cuckson, Julian Wachner w/Trinity Wall Street, ACO, Arditti, JACK Quartets, ICE, New Juilliard Ensemble, Christopher Taylor, and performed by Janine Jansen, Jennifer Koh, Eighth Blackbird, Matthew Dufour, Franz Liszt Orchestra; At Carnegie, Kennedy Center, Alice Tully-Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonic, Théâtre Châtelet, and National Arts Center CA, Tanglewood, Aspen and Ojai Festivals. Honors include a Guggenheim, Koussevitzky, Fromm founds, Radcliffe Inst-Harvard, Copland House, Harvard Musical Assn, CMA, League American Orchestra-NewMusic Alive, McDowell, Yaddo, Bellagio, American Academy Arts & Letters (Leiberson “mid-career/ exceptional gifts”), First Prize ALEA III, National Opera Center Discovery Grant for her opera Artemisia (Times Arrow), Miller Theater, Sounding Beckett (Classic Stage Co), Kennedy Center, StonyBrook, National Flute Association, and faculty at Bennington Conference, New Music on the Point, Irish Comp Summer School, Talis Festival, Switz (7/17). Her work on Notable Women a “hidden gem” in UK Guardian, in Fanfare “evokes a sense of serene mystery, infinite beauty.”, And on Centaur/Albany, as reviewed in NYT as “this captivating disc show off her acute ear for unusual textures…sketches, musical short stories of somnambulant fragility and purpose.”, and “darkly attractive, artful…moving”, in Chic Trib (Eighth Blackbird) “an acute sonic imagination…sure command of craft.”, and Boston Globe, “This was shrewd composing…genuine article. Onto the ”season’s best” list it goes.”

For more information, please visit https://www.lauraschwendinger.com/.

Residency Statement
I welcome the opportunity to explore and discuss the act of creating art music, through discussion with my fellow composers and to listen to and talk about, the music we create. I am fascinated with what inspires composers and the techniques they use in their compositions, and would welcome composers who are interested in discussing these questions, and any other ideas related to them. When I present my own works, I try to describe my personal approach and its intersection with visual arts, as well as my efforts to create a music in which craft and inspiration meet to make something that goes as deeply into expressivity as possible.

I suggest that if you are also a performer, that you bring your instrument, so we can experiment with ideas as they come during our sessions, and try out works in progress together.

Application requirements

Prospective Associates should submit:
1. two representative PDF scores with corresponding sound files (no larger than 15 mb) or web links (.doc, .docx, .pdf)
2. a brief resume (.doc, .docx, .pdf)
3. short bio, 400-word max. (.doc, .docx, .pdf)
4. If you are planning on bringing an instrument, a sound file sample of your playing would also be encouraged, if it is to be part of your participation in the residency.

Residency Fee: $900

Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance

Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25

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