NJ Symphony Orchestra Launches NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute

NJ Symphony Orchestra Launches NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra announces the NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute, a multi-faceted program that promotes new music and emerging composers, presented in collaboration with the Princeton University Department of Music and generously funded in part by the Edward T. Cone Foundation. The Institute will select up to four composers to participate in five days of intense compositional evaluations and consultations July 15-19 on the Princeton University campus; the program will culminate in a live concert performance of the participants' works by the NJSO and Music Director Jacques Lacombe on July 19 at the Richardson Auditorium.

At the Institute, participating composers will have their work rehearsed and performed by the NJSO and will participate in master classes with Institute Director Steven Mackey, as well as receive feedback from Lacombe and NJSO musicians. The Institute will also provide career-development opportunities with music-publishing industry leaders.

The Institute's application process is now open. Emerging composers-university composition students or composers in the early stages of their professional careers-must submit completed applications by the Institute's deadline, April 4. By May 1, a selection panel will identify up to four composers to participate in the Institute.

"The NJSO and Princeton University Department of Music are well-positioned to provide emerging composers with a comprehensive Institute experience that will enhance their careers," NJSO President & CEO James Roe says.

Lacombe says: "Over years of reading sessions in which the NJSO has played through orchestral works written by Princeton University Ph.D. composition candidates, the Orchestra and its musicians are experienced in mentoring and advising student composers. The NJSO has always had a strong commitment to presenting new music, and this Institute provides the Orchestra with a pipeline to exciting new compositional talent."

Mackey-a lauded composer and Princeton University Department of Music Chair and professor-says: "The NJSO has had a strong relationship with Princeton University composers for years, and we are excited to partner with the Orchestra for this immersive composition institute. This new program will foster emerging composing talent by preparing composers for both the creative and practical elements of composing works for orchestra."

By the conclusion of this laboratory experience, participants will have gained invaluable musical and practical feedback about writing for orchestra through real-time interactions with Mackey, Lacombe and NJSO musicians and advice from decision makers in the industry about how to get their music published and performed.

Up to four composers chosen to participate in the Institute will participate in daily activity that will include rehearsals of their works, followed by small group gatherings with faculty and NJSO musicians to discuss applications and variations on the possible vs. the practical in composition; one-on-one and group coaching sessions with Mackey; sessions with industry leaders, including Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., President Zizi Mueller, to broaden awareness of current practices in publishing, licensing, promotion and music preparation; and coaching on and the opportunity to refine personal presentation and networking skills. The NJSO will present the world premiere of each composer's work at a public concert on July 19 at Richardson Auditorium on the Princeton University campus; the Orchestra may program selected composers' works on future NJSO concerts. Participants will also receive access to video recordings of small-group gatherings and an AFM composer-use tape of the final performance of their piece.

The Institute is tuition-free; housing on the campus of Princeton University and on-campus meals will be provided, if needed.

The launch of the NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute coincides with the NJSO's presentation of the world premiere of Cone's Symphony at a special July 18 concert/lecture at Richardson Auditorium. Cone has been a connective element through the five seasons of the Orchestra's critically lauded New Jersey Roots Project, which celebrates composers born in New Jersey or influenced by their time spent in the Garden State. Through the project, the NJSO has presented not only Cone's music but also the work of composers whose artistic identity was influenced by the late Princeton University professor. The Institute further celebrates Cone's legacy as both a composer and a teacher.


Applications will be accepted from emerging composers who must be either a U.S. citizen or non-citizen lawfully residing in the United States. Applicants must currently be university composition students or in the early stages of their professional careers. Applicants must be at least 18 years old on or before July 1, 2014.

Participating composers will be selected through competitive application by a panel administered by the NJSO. The criteria for participation will be the panel's assessment of the composer's invention and creativity in the orchestral medium, as well as a demonstrated understanding of the technical/practical requirements of the medium. Final decisions will be made by Steven Mackey and Jacques Lacombe.

Complete applications with all required supporting materials must be received by April 4. Applicants will be notified of their status by May 1. A full list of application requirements, deadlines and other information, including a link to the application form, are available at www.njsymphony.org/institute.