… seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and help build His kingdom by encouraging Christian fellowship among its members in the context of their work and witness as composers of art music. We pray that believers will embrace our musical integrity because of our Christian witness, and that our commitment to musical excellence will allow us to bring our Christian witness to the wider art music world.
The Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers (CFAMC) is pleased to announce its 2016 National Conference that will take place on October 6-8 at Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. Proposals are solicited in six categories: (1) Chamber works for ensembles selected from traditional orchestral instruments and all voice parts (particular emphasis on piano, organ, saxophone, voice and string quartet); (2) Works for SATB choir (may be accompanied by piano), concert band or string orchestra; (3) Performances of works for which you bring your own performers; (4) Recorded works (complete, partial or in progress) to be shared during a peer feedback session; (5) Paper presentations on topics related to fellowship and witness in the context of art music composing; (6) Panel discussion topics. Composers are encouraged to submit entries in multiple categories, but no more than 3 compositions and 3 papers/topics per person.
Postmark deadline for all submissions is July 15, 2016.
For composition submissions send (1) scores; (2) recordings (if available); (3) a brief biography; (4) program notes; and (5) contact information for each work to the address below. For paper presentations or panel discussion send (1) proposals up to 250 words in length; (2) a brief biography; and (3) contact information. If you wish to have materials returned, include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Electronic submissions are encouraged; please send files in .pdf and .mp3 formats. Any costs related to rental or purchase of published pieces must be covered by the composer. If you have any questions about submissions, please contact Benjamin Williams.
Applicants must be members in good standing of CFAMC at the time of submission. A list of current members and information about how to join or renew membership may be found at cfamc.org. Since a primary purpose of CFAMC events is to foster Christian fellowship among its members, attendance at the conference is required for all selected composers. Air travelers will want to fly to Jackson-Evers International Airport (JAN). There are a number of hotel options within just over one mile from the Mississippi College campus. The conference committee will make its best effort at coordinating shared transportation from the airport to Clinton (19 mi.) as the time comes closer; early registrations will greatly facilitate such efforts. More information about registration, accommodations and schedules will be made available in July.
Dr. Benjamin Williams, Conference Host
2016 CFAMC National Conference
Clinton, MS 39058
...that there is a 24/7 CHRISTIAN CLASSICAL streamed radio station? CFAMC member Bill Vollinger just recently found out himself, and he is glad that he now has something to listen to besides iTunes when he's not composing. Now you know.
To hear some really worthwhile and interesting music, tune in to www.classicsradio.org when you're not composing. And while you're at it, please consider making a donation to this important little (like us) station.
We are also working on potential opportunities to have the music of our members streamed on the station as well, and also the possibility of Keith Peters interviewing some of our members.
Interested? Stay tuned!
"Two movements of my work for trombone sextet titled Smear Tactics were premiered in March at the SCI Region V conference in Kalamazoo, MI, by the ensemble of Dr. Steve Wolfinbarger, Western Michigan University, Professor of Trombone. The separate movement titles are "Kaslideoscope" and "Sack(but) Race". A video of the performance can be found on YouTube at this link: http://youtu.be/TjDEHT3y40Q."
CFAMC member David Canfield sent out this offer:
Many of you may know that my "day job" is that of a record dealer. For 27 years, I sold collector's classical records (mostly LPs) to collectors all over the world. In 2005, I transitioned to wholesaling, selling since then mainly to dealers. Even in that capacity, I have well over 100,000 records and CDs come through my hands every year.
I've begun pulling out those that I've encountered with music by CFAMC members on them on the theory that their fellow members might be interested in exploring some music by their colleagues.
At the moment, I've got four such records (LPs) in stock, and can offer them to my fellow members (all four of these have a cherished spot in my own collection):
- Allen Brings: Piano Sonata, performed by Genevieve Chinn, pf, on Orion ORS 84464.
- Allen Brings: Sonata for Solo Violin, performed by Nancy Cirillo, vln on Orion ORS 81406.
- William Vollinger: More Than Conquerors, for baritone, clarinet & piano on Grenadilla GS-1009.
- A 2nd copy of the above, with minor damage to the cover, although the disc should be fine.
All of these items look to be in excellent condition, with the exception noted above. I'm not trying to get rich on offers of this sort, and so any or all of these may be purchased for $10.00 each, postpaid, and will be sold on a first-come basis.
If there is any interest expressed the our membership here, I shall continue to look for, and offer, recordings of our members' music (realizing that I collect music of all of our members, and so the first copy of anything I find goes into my own collection).
Some time ago, CFAMC member David Canfield also passed along a great opportunity he is offering to the CFAMC membership:
As many of you know, I have a small CD company called Enharmonic Records. For years, I did very little to promote my releases, which are up to 22 by now, but last year, I finally began to promote my label, and obtained national distribution. The thrust of my releases has been to record worthwhile music by under-recorded composers. Only 2 or 3 of my issues to date have been performer-oriented.
I would like to propose that Enharmonic Records issue one CD per year by a member of CFAMC. This represents about ¼ of our current total number of annual releases. Unlike many companies, I will not charge the person whose music I issue any money whatever (more and more the norm among smaller companies). On the other hand, given the unlikelihood that I would recoup the ca. $2000 in production costs, I will not be able to pay royalties for sales, or mechanical rights for the music that I issue.
For more details, contact David Canfield (email address available on the online Members' Directory page.