Irish Composition Summer School 2024

1 Jul 2024 - 9:00am
31 May 2024 - 11:45pm

The 41st Irish Composition Summer School will run at the Technical University Dublin Conservatory of Music, Grangegorman, Dublin City, Ireland, from July 1st to 10th.

Prospective participants should be composers at the early stages of their career, and students taking composition and considering it as a career.

Course Directors: Nicola LeFanu and Kevin O’Connell
Guest Director: Camden Reeves and David Bremner
Performers/instruments: String Quartet from the Ficino Ensemble
Technology director: Ian Brabazon
Admin: John McLachlan

Sponsored by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon
Supported by IMRO—the Irish Music Rights Organisation

We will offer a full day timetable that allows for composing time: the weekdays feature group seminars (mostly mornings) and individual tutorials (afternoons). Days are 9.30 to 5 Irish time (UTC / GMT).

The school offers a range of lectures, presentations and demonstrations on all aspects of contemporary composition, focusing on writing for any combination of the available forces with optional electronic fixed media. The school offers advice on writing for the instruments, and on all aspects of contemporary art music composition. There is considerable one to one guidance on your piece as you write it, therefore we welcome composers at any stage of their development. At the end of the course, the students' works will be presented in workshop, rehearsed and digitally recorded by the performers. Throughout the course, students will receive guidance from experienced course directors and nationally and internationally renowned composers. This year, the ICSS is delighted to welcome Camden Reeves as Guest Director, who will present seminars on his own work, as well as giving individual tutorials to all students.

Due to the limited duration of the course students are expected to come with some sketches/ideas prepared. The course involves a combination of one-to-one tutorials with the participating composers, and group seminars. These will cover the major aspects of contemporary composition such as harmony, rhythm, formal structure and instrumental writing.

The Fee for attending the course is €380, which does not include accommodation.

For more information, including application instructions, see:

Deadline: 31 May 2024 Entry Fee: €380.00