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Ensemble Evolution

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Program Information

Overview

Summer classical music programs at Banff Centre are committed to the Creation of new music, the Refinement of traditional and contemporary practices, and the Amplification of our music into the public space by means of reflection and conversation. This Creation, Refinement, and Application is referred to as ARC. Faculty and participants will explore these three vital and inseparable aspects of music-making, to become whole musicians: creative, skilled and living fully in the changing world we share. ARC will take place everywhere, from informal conversations on the slopes of Mount Norquay, in master classes and rehearsals, and in formal concert productions, presented side-by-side with faculty, that are intended for the general public.  Along the way, the programs will seek rich encounters between composers and performers, scholars and practitioners; with writers, dancers, naturalists, and audience members.

Ensemble Evolution, led by 12 members of the International Contemporary Ensemble, offers participants the opportunity to explore the 21st century “evolution” of the large mixed-instrumental ensemble, tackling repertoire ranging from Biber and Beethoven to hot-off-the-press world premieres by faculty and participant composers 

What does the program offer?

During Ensemble Evolution faculty and participants will workshop and present repertoire side by side with the members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) conducted by Steven Schick. Performances during this module will combine Beethoven’s youthful Septet and George Lewis’s provocative companion piece Born Obbligato, examine new works by resident faculty Canadian composers Zosha di Castri and Sabrina Schroeder, and include a special sesquicentennial Canada Day marathon concert curated by ICE and participants featuring music by Morton Feldman, Pauline Oliveros and participant composers.

In addition to working closely with ICE, participants will work with Vijay Iyer, Director of the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music Workshop, to prepare and perform his electric Radhe Radhe. The piece is simultaneously a tribute to Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps and a kaleidoscopic celebration of India’s “Rites of Holi." Ensemble Evolution will pair Radhe Radhe with a new arrangement for sixteen instruments of Stravinsky’s Sacre to create an unforgettable alloy of new and old.

Banff Centre's five Summer Classical Music Programs offer lessons, daily faculty-led seminars, informal conversations, rehearsals, hikes, public performances, and more. All programs include cross-disciplinary collaborations with other Banff Centre artists and programs to influence the development and interpretation of new work. Programming will create rich collaborative relationships and stimulate intense experiences in music-making. 

Who should apply?

Evolution Ensemble welcomes applications from musicians that demonstrate and/or show an interest in crossing boundaries of historical practice and wish to combine improvisational and notated disciplines.

Spanning eight weeks starting in June 2017, a series of five Summer Classical Music Programs are designed for musicians with active careers in the performance, creation and presentation of classical music. Participants should have evidence of an emerging or established career supported by an active performing and recording history. 

Programs are open to individual participants, pre-formed groups, and composers from around the world. Residency lengths are two weeks. Upon special request shorter residencies are possible. Artists are encouraged to apply to more than one program.

If you are interested in applying for two or more modules, please apply on this page. You only need to apply once to be considered for two or more of the programs.

Faculty

What's Included

Shared RoomRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes a shared bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

Regular Meal PlanRead MoreClose

Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.

The Regular Flex meal plan includes $29 credit per day, equivalent to lunch and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.

Recording OpportunitiesRead MoreClose

Demo recordings: Upon availability, you’ll have the option to record up to 30 minutes of music at a reduced rate as part of your program. These recordings are intended to be used for auditions or personal promotion, not for commercial purposes.

Showcase your workRead MoreClose

This program offers opportunities to showcase your work in one of our performance venues or in the community.

Gym MembershipRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open 6 days a week.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program fee (shared room)*
$1 671.64
+GST
Program fee (single room)*
$2 067.98
+GST
What you can expect to pay (shared room)*
$467.46
+GST
What you can expect to pay (single room)*
$863.80
+GST

Application fee: $65 for each individual or group application. Group members must pay an additional registration fee of $35 on acceptance.

Financial Aid up to 100% is available to cover tuition and meal plan (accommodations are not eligible for scholarship).

If you would like to be considered, please complete the Financial Aid section when uploading your supporting materials to SlideRoom. 

Help fund your experience at Banff Centre, view a compiled list of national and international opportunities here.

*Subject to availability

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for two or more modules, please apply on this page. You only need to apply once to be considered for two or more of the programs.

If you are applying an an individual, you must complete both the online application form (including $65 processing fee) and a SlideRoom application.

If you are applying as an ensemble, the ensemble leader must complete both the online application form (including $65 processing fee) and a SlideRoom application. Please submit only one SlideRoom application per group. There will be a $35 registration fee for each member upon acceptance to the program.

Financial assistance

Be sure to complete the Financial Aid section to be eligible for financial assistance.

Resume

A one-page resume or C.V. describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience. 

Work samples

Upload 3 samples of your artistic work. We want to see examples that give us a portrait of the applicants and the breadth and diversity of their creative life.

Personal statement

A 500 word description of  why you wish to attend this program, what you hope to learn, and what impact it could have on your artistic practice.

Adjudication

Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program.

Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete. 

Eligibility

Participants must be at least 18 years of age. 

Note:

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre.

Contact the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

Toll Free Number (Canada + USA)
1.800.565.9989