• AVAILABLE AWARDS
    Resident Artist Fellowship
    Scholarship
  • AVAILABLE SESSIONS
    Full Session | June 26 – August 7, 2022
    Session 1 | June 26 – July 10, 2022
    Session 3 | July 24 – August 7, 2022
    Sessions 1 and 2 | June 26 – July 24, 2022
    Sessions 2 and 3 | July 10 – August 7, 2022
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Overview

The AMF Composition Program is a six-week intensive summer program designed to provide extraordinary opportunities and exposure to young or established composers.

For over a decade, the festival has catalyzed innovation in classical music through more than 500 world premiere performances and groundbreaking programs such as the Future Music Lab, which began as an official collaboration with IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique).

The program engages participants through individual lessons, daily seminars, and masterclasses. Composers work towards the goal of a world premiere performance in collaboration with our Contemporary Ensemble or as a participant in our motion sensor program (The MUGIC™ Lab).

Both four-week and full-summer participants have access to our Screen Scoring and Future Music Lab programs. Full-summer composers are eligible to participate in various reading sessions scheduled throughout the summer, including AMF Orchestra Reading sessions.


HIGHLIGHTS

The program features a selection of components based on 2-week, 4-week, or 6-week enrollment.
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Seminars and Masterclasses

Group sessions in the form of seminars and masterclasses provide valuable learning opportunities where participants can leverage the collective insights of peers.
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Performance Opportunity

Work towards the goal of a world premiere performance in collaboration with our Contemporary Ensemble or as a participant in our motion sensor program. Additional performance opportunities with resident artists are available throughout the season.
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MUGIC™ Lab

The project began as an official collaboration with IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique). Access unique courses including Programming for Musicians, MaxMSP Bootcamp, and electronic music seminars.
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Future Music Lab

The project began as an official collaboration with IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique). Access unique courses including Programming for Musicians, MaxMSP Bootcamp, and electronic music seminars.
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Screen Scoring

Led by the NYU Screen Scoring program faculty members, the program is an intensive 2-week course designed to provide an immersion into the fundamental concepts of scoring for the motion picture. Learn key concepts, including compositional process, orchestration using virtual and acoustical instruments, editing and mastering, and the screen scoring industry.
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Orchestra Reading

Live reading with the AMF Orchestra is available to all full-session participants.
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Access Performance Recording

Participants have access to high-definition recordings of festival performances created by our professional engineering team.
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Instrument and Ensemble Reading Sessions

Access scheduled reading workshops featuring individual instruments and ensembles (e.g., string quartet, woodwind, and brass quintets, and choir) planned throughout the season.
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AMF Open Seminars

Our open seminars leverage the collective genius of the AMF community members. Covering a wide range of topics, such as career path, future of music, and even brain science for musicians, the possibilities are endless.

Program Electives

In addition to the core program, participants may take advantage of the following electives available during the festival season.
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Audition Intensive

Audition Intensive is a special program designed for students preparing for an upcoming audition at a conservatory or a musical institution. The goal of the program is to help participants channel their focus during the festival in order to create a successful audition portfolio during and after the festival season.

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Festival Chorus

The Atlantic Music Festival Choir is a special place where participants from all backgrounds are welcome to join in and come together as one to create a beautiful choral landscape. The choir takes on a range of repertoire, covering great choral works of the past as well as groundbreaking new works.

Artist-Faculty

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Mari Kimura

Juilliard School, UC Irvine
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Martin Bresnick

Yale School of Music
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Pierre Jalbert

Rice University
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George Tsontakis

Bard College Conservatory of Music
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Christopher Dobrian

University of California Irvine
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Zhou Long

University of Missouri Kansas City
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Melinda Wagner

Juilliard School
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David Ludwig

Curtis Institute of Music
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Chen Yi

University of Missouri Kansas City
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Reiko Fueting

Manhattan School of Music

* We are in the process of finalizing our Artist-faculty roster. This list may change without notice.

Future of Music

We are deeply committed to the music of today

For over a decade, the festival has catalyzed innovation in classical music through more than 500 world premiere performances and groundbreaking programs such as the Future Music Lab. With open courses covering topics including programming, sensors, and MaxMSP, you can spend the summer asking big questions and pioneer the future of music.

All-Access Learning

Access courses outside your primary area of focus

Our online master calendar makes it easy to audit open courses from any of our programs, even outside your discipline. From topics as interdisciplinary as music business and audition technique to screen scoring and baroque interpretation, learning opportunities are everywhere.

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Audition Requirements

To apply, complete the online application and upload the following material via our online application site.

  • Submit 1-3 representative scores and accompanying recordings.

  • Recommendations are optional.

Please see Application Procedures for detailed instructions. If you would like to inquire further about the program, please contact us.

Special Announcement

Introducing AMF One

We are excited to announce  AMF One , a tuition-free 5-day virtual festival for all 2021 applicants. Developed in collaboration with ClassicalMusicians.org, participants gain valuable experience through joint projects, including digital presence and career-building for the 21st-century musicians and seminars covering a wide range of topics, such as sensors and programming primer for musicians.

NORMAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 16, 2022

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