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(R)evolution: Resonant Bodies

Summer Music 2018

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Program Information

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(R)evolution: Resonant Bodies, the world’s foremost gathering of adventurous vocalists, offers participants the opportunity to perform, create, collaborate, and experiment with their voices in an environment that encourages creativity and exploration.


Led by a faculty of world-renowned artists, participants will explore the voice in its many forms, engaging vocal practices that span centuries and world traditions. 

What does the program offer?

Repertoire will be both assigned to participants as well as chosen by them; additionally, participants can take part in workshops with faculty on topics like improvisation, extended techniques, live electronics, movement practices, and others. 

(R)evolution hopes to stretch every participant to try something new; participants who identify chiefly as instrumentalists and composer will be asked to prepare and perform a contemporary work for voice, and will receive voice lessons from faculty. Vocalists and instrumentalists who do not chiefly identify as composers will receive composition lessons from faculty, and be asked to write a Super Premiere—a term coined by Resonant Bodies denoting a work bigger than a world premiere, a new composer’s first-ever piece of music—to be shared during the week.

Participants will present various public and in-house performances. Participants will also convene in a daily meeting for high-level presentations by select faculty about a range of topics relevant to the contemporary vocal music world: care and maintenance of the voice, approaches to complex scores, performance aesthetics, professional development, music technology, improvisation, standard repertoire, and others. 

Composers will write new works to be premiered by participants; every participant will perform with their voice, and every participant will compose for the voice. Lessons and workshops in voice and composition will be available.

Who should apply?

(R)evolution seeks passionate, adventurous individuals who identify as vocalists, instrumentalists, and/or composers. Those who are interested in stretching themselves beyond their current realm (as just a vocalist, instrumentalist, or composer) are especially welcomed, as are those who already identify as a composer-vocalist, instrumentalist-composer, vocal-instrumentalist, and so on. 

Voices from classical and non-classical training backgrounds are welcome; all participants will explore notated and non-notated practices. The successful applicants will be post-secondary students or emerging artists, already at an advanced level of accomplishment and with a well-documented record of musical exploration. Artists from historically underrepresented groups are especially welcomed. 


What's Included

Single or Shared RoomRead MoreClose

When applying, choose between staying in a single or 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: 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.

Studio recordings: commercial recordings can also be integrated into a music residency at normal rates.

Showcase Your WorkRead MoreClose

This program offers opportunities to showcase your work-in-progress in one of our performance venues.

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 six days a week.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

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

Participant ServicesRead 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 (single room)
$1 075.49
Program Fee with Financial Aid (single room)
Program Fee (shared room)
Program Fee with Financial Aid (shared room)

Application fee: $65

Additional need-based financial aid is available. Please complete the Financial Aid section when uploading your supporting materials to SlideRoom to be considered for additional support.

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

How to Apply

It is important to be aware of all steps included in submitting your application.
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A one-page resume or C.V. describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience.

Sample of Work

Upload three samples of your artistic work. Examples should provide a portrait of yourself and the breadth and diversity of your creative life.

Repertoire List

A list of contemporary pieces performed, as well as a separate “wishlist” of repertoire (for four or fewer players) to perform during the session. 

Introduction Video

A brief video statement introducing yourself: describe your experience with contemporary music up to this point, why you have chosen to apply to (R)evolution, and what you hope to gain from the experience. Statements should be uploaded using a streaming service such as YouTube or Vimeo, and not exceed three minutes in length. 


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.

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. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Contact the Registrar

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

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