Residency Dates: May 16, 2021 - June 05, 2021
Application Deadline: December 08, 2020

Due to COVID-19 and the immense stress it has put on artists, ACA will be offering FULL scholarships to all accepted artists for Residency #181! The Board of Trustees and staff feel protecting our core mission is paramount, and are grateful to the Pabst Steinmetz Foundation for allowing us to make this commitment to funding exceptional artists during these times. 

Composer Nina C. Young writes music characterized by an acute sensitivity to tone color, manifested in aural images of vibrant, arresting immediacy.  Her experience in the electronic studio informs her acoustic work, which takes as its given not melody and harmony, but sound itself, continuously metamorphosing from one state to another. Her musical voice draws from elements of the classical canon, modernism, spectralism, American experimentalism, minimalism, electronic music, and popular idioms. Her projects strive to create unique sonic environments that can be appreciated by a wide variety of audiences while challenging stylistic boundaries, auditory perception, and notions of temporality.

Young’s works have been presented by Carnegie Hall, the National Gallery, the Whitney Museum, LA Phil’s Next on Grand, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series. Her music has garnered international acclaim through performances by the New York Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Orkest de ereprijs, Philadelphia Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Argento, Divertimento, Either/Or, JACK Quartet, Metropolis, Scharoun, Sixtrum, wild Up, and Yarn/Wire.  Winner of the 2015-16 Rome Prize in Musical Composition, Nina has received awards and fellowships from the Koussevitzky Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Civitella-Ranieri, the Copland Foundation, the Fromm Foundation, the Montalvo Arts Center, and BMI.  Recent commissions include Tread softly for the NYPhil’s Project 19, a violin concerto for Jennifer Koh and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and an immersive multimedia work for the American Brass Quintet and EMPAC’s wavefield synthesis system – The Glow that Illuminates, the Glare that Obscures. Her debut album “Traced Upon Cinders”, a collaboration with Ensemble Échappé and Benjamin Grow will be out later this year on Innova.

A graduate of McGill and MIT, Nina completed her DMA at Columbia University where she was an active participant at the Columbia Computer Music Center.  Young is an Assistant Professor of Composition at USC’s Thornton School of Music. She serves as Co-Artistic Director of NY-based new music sinfonietta Ensemble Échappé.  Her music is published by Peermusic Classical.

Residency Statement:  

I look forward to working with a group of composers and sound artists of both acoustic and electroacoustic mediums who want to dig deep into our shared and individual practices by exploring working methods, aesthetics, craft, and modes of presentation.

I am particularly interested in exploring the relationships between other media and stimuli and working with sound. How do our external influences and collaborators influence our making? What are our roles in our community and ecosystem?  How do we choose to deliver our intentions? And most importantly, why are we making/composing sound now?

Artists of all styles/genres are encouraged to apply. The more diverse our community, the richer our mutual learning will be!

Application Requirements:
(Your materials may be submitted in any of the following file formats; .docx, .pdf, .jpg). To be considered, please include the following items:

  1. CV/Resumé
  2. Letter of Intent describing who you are, why you are interested in this residency, and what you hope to explore (questions, concepts, projects, etc.) during our time together
  3. 2-3 work samples (PDFS, links to streamable audio/visual media, as appropriate to your practice).

Residency Fee: Waived for this Residency (Includes a weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.)

For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25 

Click here to Apply!

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