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- National Conference at Houghton College October 25-26, 2013Submission deadline is May 17
The 2013-2014 CFAMC National Conference will be held at Houghton College in Houghton, New York, on October 25-26, 2013. David Davies will serve as host for the event. For more information and the Call for Scores and Papers, see the CFAMC Conference Info section.
- >From CFAMC member Timothy Miller:
My orchestral work Alone: Suite for Orchestra is set to be released on PARMA Recordings on May 28, 2013; however, pre-release reserve orders are now being accepted on Amazon.com. The entire CD is spectacular, and I urge you to pre-order your copy today! The CD, titled Spellbound: Captivating Works for Orchestra and Large Ensemble, is a compilation of five composers' works, including Paul Osterfield, Ronald Keith Parks, Michael Murray and Mark Eliot Jacobs, and of course, myself.
- The CFAMC Devotionals have once again been updated and are now current on the website. If you havenít already read them from the list-serve, you can download or view them here.
- The CFAMC Listening Page Archives have also been updated with our latest contributorsí pieces. If you havenít already heard them from the listserve or our Facebook page, be sure to check them out. As always, amazing variety!
CALL FOR SCORES AND PAPERS
for the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers (CFAMC) National Conference, October 25-26, 2013
The CFAMC will hold a national conference on October 25-26, 2013, at the Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College in Houghton, NY.
CFAMC composers in good standing (at the time of submission*) may submit up to two works that fit into one or more of the following categories:
- Works for any combination of the following instruments:
- Piano (solo or 4-hands)
- Solo Voice (S,M,T,B)
- Works for:
- Symphonic band
- Mixed choir (SATB and divisi)
- Womenís choir (SSAA)
- Clarinet choir
- Electronic medium
NOTE: If your work requires the use of a non-standard orchestral or percussion instrument, please inquire.
- Works that could be shared via recording (audio or video) as part of a peer feedback session
NOTE: Please include the recording along with your proposal.
- Submissions of works for which the composer is able to provide their own performers
Submitted works may be of any duration, but preference will be given to works under 12 minutes. Works in which the composer is able to provide the performers may also receive greater preference. All programmed composers will be expected to attend the conference.
- Scores (not larger than 11"x17")
- CDs of submitted works (MIDI playback acceptable) with durations clearly indicated (one submission per disc)
- A cover sheet with contact information
- Specifics regarding the availability of oneís own performers
- Program notes
- A brief bio
Include a SASE for score return as desired. Please also indicate which pieces (if any) you would be agreeable to having presented via recording as part of a peer-feedback session in the event that a live performance cannot be arranged.
POSTMARK DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS MAY 17th.
Proposals for papers, panels, demonstrations, and workshops are welcome. Please submit a 200-250 word abstract outlining the presentation, and indicating its nature and time required for presenting.
POSTMARK DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS IS MAY 31st.
Materials may be submitted electronically or sent to:
David H. Davies
Greatbatch School of Music
One Willard Ave.
Houghton, NY 14744
Decisions will be made by early summer and all those who submitted will be notified by email.
*Those desiring to join the CFAMC may do so online.
- CFAMC member Jesse Ayers has let us know that the recording of the premiere of his piece, Akeda, is now available at this URL: www.livestream.com/mlcchapel/video?clipId=pla_7b526ab2-da2b-4536-81d9-a7d2384f60db
Jesseís piece starts at about the 1:10:00 (one hour, ten minute) mark. Introductory comments about the piece start at about 1:06:00.
- Have an upcoming or recent performance to share with the other CFAMC members?
- CFAMC member Walter Saul announced the debut of his new blog, which you can find at www.waltersaul.com and encourages CFAMC members to check it out.
- For those of you who are student composers or who have student composers studying with you:
Call For Scores - 2013 PARMA Student Composer Competition
PARMA Recordings is pleased to announce the second annual PARMA Student Composer Competition. Ten winners will be selected by an independent panel of judges, and the winnersí pieces will be published in the digitally-distributed 2013 PARMA Anthology Of Music. One Grand Prize Winner will be selected to have their piece performed as part of the 2013 PARMA Music Festival, alongside performances by Richard Stoltzman, the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, and the PARMA Orchestra. All performer, production, and publicity costs will be completely subsidized by PARMA, and the piece will be incorporated into the official Festival program and promotional materials.
For more information and submission forms, see www.parmarecordings.com/composercompetition/
- CFAMC member David Canfield has passed along a great opportunity he is offering to the CFAMC membership:
ďAs 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.
ďI would like to propose that Enharmonic Records issue one CD per year by a member of CFAMC. This represents about ľ 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.
ďHere are more details of my proposal:
- Interested CFAMC members would submit a proposal for a project, including recordings of the music to be issued, to me for a CD devoted exclusively to the memberís music.
- Lengths of works are completely up to the composer. Normally, though, I will consider only complete works, rather than one movement from a work. I will give equal consideration to one long work, or a number of shorter ones. The only stipulation is that the total timing of the CD will come out to between 55 & 80 minutes.
- I would use recordings of performances to which the member has rights of issuance (i.e., the performers have given/would give consent for such use without payment of royalties to them). These recordings should be good quality, both in sonics and in performance quality.
- I will provide 30 copies (at no charge) of the published CD to the CFAMC member whose music is recorded, to distribute to the performers, or family/friends.
- Further copies could be purchased from me at my cost ($3.00/CD), and copies would be available to other CFAMC members for Ĺ the regular retail price.
- The composer will supply all program notes for the music, biographical information of him/herself and any performers desired, in electronic form, for a booklet length of 8 pages (including cover and back page, which will be in color), and a color photo in digital form for use on the cover. The design for cover, booklet, tray card, and label will be done by Enharmonicís regular designer.
- I will select each yearís project from the proposals that I receive from however many members wish to submit one. My selection each year will be based primarily on salability factors that I know from my 35 years in the record business (certain genres of classical music sell better than others), and my impression of the quality of the music, recording and performance(s). Given the fact that I have wide tastes in types/styles of music, and the fact that virtually everything that Iíve heard by our membership on the Listening Pages and elsewhere has impressed me greatly, I would expect that Iíll have an embarrassment of riches offered to me. I will likely have enough projects to keep me going for several years, but if God blesses the project, Iím willing to put any monies received through the sales of these CDs into future projects. Consequently, it is possible that I can eventually do more than one such project per year.
- I can guarantee that any CDs released will be reviewed in magazines such as Fanfare and American Record Guide (I review for the former publication), although I cannot guarantee what the reviewer will say, obviously. Further, the CD in question will receive national distribution through Albany Music Distribution. I am currently working on international distribution, as well.
- There is no real deadline for this project. Iíll probably see what arrives by April 1st, and assuming that a few members will submit something by then, make my 2012 choice. However, itís also likely that Iíll receive more than one proposal that Iíll want to follow through with, which means that I may make a tentative choice for 2013ís issue as well. However, my offer is open-ended, so that any CFAMC member will be able submit any proposal for any project at any time. If it comes after Iíve made my decision for a given year (I will announce my decision to the organization, once Iíve made it), I will save it for consideration for the next yearís project. Thus, there will be essentially about a year for me to collect ideas for the CFAMC issue for the following year.
- Either live performances or studio recordings are acceptable, as long as the audience is reasonably quite in the former.
- I mentioned earlier that certain genres of music sell better than others, so all things being equal, Iíd give priority (in the order listed) to the following categories (this is not my own preference, as I like all genres, but that of the general classical music-buying public):
- Orchestra music
- Solo instrument (or voice) with orchestra
- Chamber music with strings (even a violin & piano work)
- Chamber music without strings
- Band music
- Solo piano
- Other instrumental solo works (e.g., unaccompanied clarinet)
- Vocal chamber music (voice with small ensemble, or with piano)
- Choral (either a capella, or accompanied by piano or organ)
ďNote that any combination of the above genres will be perfectly acceptable, and if you have, for instance, a choral piece in your proposal, it would be ďbalanced outĒ in prioritization by the inclusion of an orchestra or string chamber work (for instance).
ďI hope some of you will be motivated by the above to send me [David Canfield] your project ideas. One CD/year is not a lot to do, considering the number of such talented composers we have in our midst, but itís betteróI hopeóthan doing nothing. I would like to issue the first CD in this project in 2012.Ē
Anyone interested in submitting work for Davidís proposal can find his contact information in the Membersí Directory.
- We regret to give official notice that we no longer offer a student scholarship through the CFAMC. We used to offer them but have not been able to do so for quite some time now. We sincerely hope that this does not discourage student composers from joining the membership of the CFAMC in any case.
- Know of an upcoming opportunity that you would particularly like to let your fellow CFAMC members know about? Please, submit them, and they will be posted.