Irish Composition Summer School 2021

Irish Composition Summer School 2021 announcement
The 38th Irish Composition Summer School will take place on line, from June 28th to July 9th. This is two days longer than usual to allow more time in the on line situation to edit and finalise scores for the performers.

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

Course Directors: Dr. Martin O’Leary and Dr. Garrett Sholdice
Guest Director: Dr. Benjamin Dwyer (Professor of Music, Middlesex University)
Performers: flute-Susan Doyle, viola-Andreea Banciu, cello-Adrian Mantu
Technology director: Ian Brabazon
Admin: Dr 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), with a live recording session you can attend remotely in the last days. 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 (flute, viola and cello), with optional electronics. 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 your write it, therefore we welcome composers at any stage of their development. One flute players, but can substitute alto or bass flute. You may include a fixed media electroacoustic component.
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 Benjamin Dwyer 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 Fee for attendance is EU380.
The course involves a great deal of individual tuition and so is suitable for a range of students at various levels of experience.
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.
Due to a lack of live teaching we are not creating a printed leaflet this year. All information can be found at our facebook page (see url) or requested from


Deadline 4 June 2021



June 4


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