Alba Music Festival Composition Program

The Alba Music Festival Composition Program takes place in the picturesque small town of Alba, nestled in the foothills of the Alps in Italy’s Piedmont region, also a UNESCO world heritage site, during the annual Alba International Music Festival from May 21st to May 30th. Now in its seventh year, the 2022 program features Composer-in-Residence Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate (, and Ensemble-in-Residence The Estrella Consort ( The 2022 resident composition faculty includes Wang Jie (, Kevin Scott ( Giacomo Platini ( and several special guest artists including jazz guitarist, composer, and musicologist Enrico Merlin.

The composition program features daily workshops and masterclasses hosted by the Composer-in-Residence and resident faculty covering a wide range of topics from compositional craft to career development. Participants will also receive one-on-one private lessons with the Composer-in-Residence, the resident faculty, and distinguished guests. An optional add-on electronic and acoustic music production mini course run by faculty member J Anthony Allen, in partnership with Slam Academy ( is available.

Participants of the composition program will be invited to compose a new work of up to five (5) minutes for The Estrella Consort (or a subset of the groups instrumentation: soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone). Each work will be premiered on an afternoon festival concert, and subsequently recorded as part of a dedicated, professional recording session at the end of the week. All participants will receive an edited, 24 bit/48Khz stereo master of their work on completion of the program (raw ProTools muti-track stems may be made available on request).

There is no fee to apply, and the program is open to composers of any age, nationality, and at any stage of their career.

Tuition for the 2022 composition program is €2,395, which is inclusive of the performance, recording, private lessons, masterclasses and workshops. The fee also includes reserved seating at the evening festival concerts, access to the Alba Campus Center facility, a private wine tasting event at a local area winery with a professional sommelier, and all travel to runout concerts with the resident ensemble. An all-inclusive housing and meal package is also available for the participants and any companions. Composers wishing to attend the festival, concerts, and participate in the masterclasses and workshops, but not needing or wanting a performance or recording, may participate as an auditor for a reduced fee. Please visit our website for details.

Applicants who are currently enrolled in a US-based college or university music program, are eligible for financial aid in the form of undergraduate scholarships (in honor of the late composer David Stock) and graduate fellowships (in honor of the late composer Leslie Bassett) and an additional award is available for composers identifying female/BIPOC in honor of American composer Julia Perry.

To learn more about the program, and to apply, please visit our website:

December 15, 2021

Dr. Elliott Miles McKinley, Director


Deadline 15 December 2021



December 15


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