American Lyric Theater Seeks Applicants For 2010-2011 Composer Librettist Development Program

American Lyric Theater is currently accepting applications for the 2010-2011 Composer Librettist Development Program. Application Deadline is June 1st.

The CLDP is a tuition free initiative, open to artists selected through a competitive application process. The program includes a core curriculum of classroom training and hands-on workshops with some of the country's leading working artists, including composer/librettist Mark Adamo, composer Daniel Catán, composer Anthony Davis, dramaturg Cori Ellison, librettist William Hoffman, librettist Michael Korie, and stage director Rhoda Levine.

Applications are welcome from any emerging composer or librettist who is a U.S. Citizen or legal resident. Artists may apply individually to the program or as a member of a writing team. The CLDP is designed to provide customized mentorship to artists from a wide variety of backgrounds. We encourage applications from artists with classical training, as well as those with non-traditional / non-classical backgrounds who have a passionate interest in writing for the opera stage. We are dedicated to providing opportunities for artists to write works in both English and Spanish.

ALT defines an emerging opera Composer or Librettist as someone who has acquired significant skills as a composer and/or librettist (or playwright) through academic study, practice, and professional experience; who demonstrates a unique and important musical and/or theatrical perspective that could benefit from intense mentorship as part of the CLDP; and who has not yet had a work commissioned or performed by a professional opera company in the United States. Their work in other genres may have been performed professionally, as ALT's definition of emerging applies specifically to an artist's development as a writer for the opera stage. Students of degree granting institutions are not eligible for consideration. There are no age restrictions for participation.

PLEASE NOTE: The CLDP runs from September to May annually in New York City. Residence in the New York metropolitan area is required for participation.

For more information about the CLDP, and to download an application, please visit our website!

NEW OPERAS FOR NEW AUDIENCES: American Lyric Theater is not an "opera company" by any traditional definition. ALT is dedicated to mentoring gifted composers and librettists from diverse backgrounds with an interest in writing for the opera stage; commissiong and developing vibrant new works, and partnering with other companies internationally to help build a body of new operas for new audiences. We are grateful for the support of all of our donors, including The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts; The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Amphion Foundation, The ASCAP Foundation: Joseph and Rosalie Meyer Fund, The Brabson Library and Educational Foundation, The Dorothy Loudon Foundation, JP Morgan Chase, Microsoft, and Pro Musica Tours. For more information about ALT, please visit www.altnyc.org.

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