150th Anniversary Alumni Composition Competition
In February 2017, Boston Conservatory at Berklee celebrated its 150th anniversary. To commemorate the life and work of founder Julius Eichberg, the Conservatory commissioned a new work for string quartet to be written by a Conservatory alumnus or alumna. Applicants were asked to consider a piece by Eichberg and compose a reflection on the chosen piece.
The world premiere was performed at the Conservatory’s internal celebration, which was held on Friday, February 10, 2017.
NOTE: The application for this opportunity is currently closed. Read more about the competition below, and please check back for future opportunities.
- Ensemble: String Quartet
- Duration: 5-7 minutes
- Prize: $1,000, plus a travel stipend to accommodate attending the premiere
- Submission Deadline: Thursday, December 1, 2016, by 11:59 p.m.
- Winner Announced: Applicants will be notified of the winner on Friday, December 9, 2016.
- Final Score Submission Deadline: Winner must submit hard copies of scores and a complete set of parts by Sunday, January 1, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.
- Premiere Performance: The alumni composition contest winner’s piece will be premiered by the Boston Conservatory Honors String Quartet on Friday, February 10, at 2 p.m. at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee Orchestra Rehearsal Hall at 132 Ipswich Street.
- The competition is open to any alumnus who has attended the Conservatory for one or more years (two or more consecutive semesters).
Score Submission Requirements
- Submit a complete score and violin I part for review.
- Submit scores electronically in PDF format.
- Submit scores via email to email@example.com.
- All scores and violin I parts must be anonymous. Do not include your name anywhere on the score. Your name and contact information may appear in the body of your email containing the score.
- Indicate the title of the original composition used as the inspiration for the piece on the score.
- A committee of composition faculty and chamber music faculty will review the scores and select the winner.
- The committee will only evaluate anonymous scores.
- Winner agrees to submit hard copies of the complete score and parts by Monday, January 2, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.
- Winner agrees to appear at Boston Conservatory at Berklee for the premiere performance on February 10, 2017.
Alumni Entrepreneurial Grant Program
Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Entrepreneurial Grant Program for alumni empowers alumni to explore and develop their unique programmatic ideas in the arts. Our grants fund innovative, impactful performance endeavors that expand the artist’s toolkit as a performer, leader, and businessperson while fostering creative spirit.
- Applicants must be alumni of Boston Conservatory.
- Applicants may collaborate with other Boston Conservatory alumni, students, or non-Conservatory-affiliated colleagues. For projects involving multiple alumni, only one application needs to be submitted.
- Entrepreneurial Alumni Grants are not limited to activities based in Boston.
- Entrepreneurial Alumni Grants will not fund traditional competitions or summer festival activities or intensives.
- Successfully funded Boston Conservatory alumni will assume leadership roles for their projects.
- Funded projects will perform/present at the Boston Conservatory Annual Welcome Weekend, October 14-16, 2016.
Alumni Entrepreneurial Grant applications will be reviewed by a panel of faculty and staff. Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- A clear statement of the project’s description, purpose, and benefit
- An acceptable project timeline that is realistic and achievable
- A clearly organized budget and marketing plan
- A sustainable approach to the project and future endeavors
Examples of qualified projects include, but are by no means limited to:
- Developing interdisciplinary partnerships within the performing arts community
- Launching performing arts management endeavors
- Exploring unique performance styles, venues, and audiences
- Developing innovative applications to enhance the study and appreciation of the performing arts
- Providing supplementary artistic programming, education, or activities to the community
Awards and Funding
Entrepreneurial Grants typically range from $500 to $2,000 per project, and the committee may choose to partially fund projects.
Successfully funded projects are to be completed within one full year. Awarded funds are solely designated to the project and are not to be used for personal compensation.
Fall 2016 Recipients
Matthew Smith (M.M. '15, cello), Palaver Strings Outreach
The Project: Over the course of two weeks, Palaver Strings musicians will coach students from El Sistema Somerville on building chamber music skills. They will focus on how to listen and communicate with others while playing their own part, lead musical entrances nonverbally, and rehearse effectively independent from their instructor.
Bonnie Cochran (M.M. '00, flute), InConcert
The Project: InConcert is an innovative collaboration between professional musicians, an early career composer, a public-school music program, and a community to provide a rich, intensive musical experience and increase engagement with the arts. It will be an active and engaging, in-depth look into the creative process of composing a piece of music and bringing it to life through performance alongside professional musicians.
Chelsea Beatty Lewis (B.M. ’09, voice) & Boston Opera Collaborative
Ian Gollub (M.M.Ed. ’12) & Global Learning Charter Jazz Initiative
Brian Calhoon (M.M. ’09, percussion) & Boston Percussion Group (BPeG)
Kate Ladenheim (B.F.A. '11, dance) & CRAWL
Rachel Azrak (M.M. '11, G.P.D. '13, flute) and Thom Smoker (M.M. '11,voice) & SoulCove Center for the Arts
Mike Hardin (M.M. '13, percussion) & Soundry