Composition Workshop


Composition Workshop: “Revision/s”
January 17–21, 2018


Empyrean Ensemble | Mika Pelo, director

St. Louis Symphony | David Robertson, music director and conductor

The Living Earth Show | Travis Andrews, guitar,
and Andy Meyerson, percussion

The UC Davis Composition Workshop is now accepting applications for Composer Fellows. Between 6 to 8 composers will have their music performed at the Ann E. Pitzer Center, a new 400-seat recital hall, during the UC Davis Composition Workshop. The Workshop is an integral part of a music festival, which is a collaboration between the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, the UC Davis Department of Music, and the St. Louis Symphony.  

How to apply to become a Composer Fellow—

There is no age limit. Composers of any nationality may apply.

Entry Fee

How to Apply
Please upload all materials via the score submission form at the bottom of this page.

Here’s a link to the application form.

See below for more information about the required application materials. We will not accept any supporting materials via post. 

11:59 pm (Pacific Standard Time), May 1, 2017

Call for Works
Indicate on the application form which category you’d like to participate in: 

A. Chamber Orchestra

For performance by the St. Louis Symphony
(David Robertson, music director).

[ | | 1 perc, 1 harp |]
no soloists, no piano/keyboard, no electronics

[Duration: 10–15 min.]

This category is specifically designed for new works. We’ll select two composers and one alternate to compose a new work for members of the St. Louis Symphony. Please include in your application music which shows your ability to write for orchestra, chamber orchestra, or large ensemble. If you’re selected for this category, we’ll ask you to compose something which relates in some way to the festival topic: “Revision/s.” Composers selected for this opportunity will travel to St. Louis for a rehearsal with members of the St. Louis Symphony in October, 2017. Details TBA.

B. Chamber Ensemble

For a performance by the Empyrean Ensemble (Mika Pelo, director)

[1 flute, 1 clarinet, 1 piano, 1 percussion, 1 violin, 1 viola,
and 1 cello (or any subset)].

[Duration: <12 min.]

This category includes existing works, and also proposals for new work. We’ll select up to three composers for this category. If you’re selected for this category, and you’re writing a new piece, we’ll ask you to compose something which relates in some way to the festival topic. We will consider works that include simple electronics. 

C. Duo

For performance by the Living Earth Show (Travis Andrews, guitar,
and Andy Meyerson, percussion)

[Duration: <12 min.]

This category includes existing works, and also proposals for new works; up to three composers will be selected. If you’re picked to work with the Living Earth Show, and if you decide to write a new piece, we’ll ask you to compose something which relates in some way to the festival topic: “Revision/s.”


You may apply to one, two, or three of the above categories, but please note that we’ll only perform one work from each Composer Fellow. Please see our FAQ page for more details.

Application Checklist
Please make sure that your materials are labeled with your name. 

1. Work samples of up to three (3) pieces;

2. mp3 files and PDFs of scores;

3. a completed application form;

4. an optional proposal for a new work which relates to the festival topic: “Revision/s.”

Travel and Lodging
Participation in the festival includes lodging (private hotel room), a pass to all festival events, a professional recording of your work (for archival purposes), and composition seminars with members of the UC Davis faculty. Meals and travel are not covered; however, a private hotel room for each Composer Fellow will be provided. We require participants to attend all festival events; these begin the evening of Wednesday, January 17, and continue through Sunday, January 21, 2018. The Composition Workshop will provide the composers working with the St. Louis Symphony with travel to and from St. Louis, as well as accommodations, during the October 2017 rehearsal with the Symphony.

If you have any questions, please contact Sam Nichols (


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