Apply for programs in 2018
Deadlines for all programs
Submission of application: Friday, December 1st, 2017
Date of Academy's notification of acceptance: December 18th, 2017
Date for accepted composers to confirm attendance with deposit: January 1st, 2018
Any composer who considers him or herself to be emerging (i.e., still in school or in the early phase of their professional lives) who is interested in the classical or classical-crossover medium, and who is at least 20 years of age. Exceptions considered.
Composers who are largely self-taught are encouraged to apply.
All accepted composers must be willing to sign a waiver accepting responsibility for the following: Risks associated with visiting a rural area, being in close proximity to farm animals including cats and dogs, maintaining consumption of alcohol at a moderate level, refraining from smoking any substance whatsoever due to extreme fire hazard, participating in all educational and outreach events scheduled by the Academy, and not discriminating on the basis of aesthetic, race, political persuasion, gender, or orientation.
Application fees and tuition:
• $25 application fee; $1950 tuition cost for the Bahlest Eeble Readings (paid in up to three installments). Accepted composers will have their application fee applied to their tuition. If written comments on music samples submitted in the application are desired, the application fee is doubled to $50.
As communal bonding is an essential part of the Academy experience, accepted composers are strongly encouraged to stay at Gabriela’s comfortable Timberstone Valley Farm in Boonville at no cost. Additional guests – spouses and children – cannot be accommodated. If composers wish to stay elsewhere in the Anderson Valley at their own cost, the Academy can make recommendations but cannot guarantee availability.
Lodging at Timberstone Valley Farm is shared at two people per room. A $200 deposit will be required and will be returned if no damage is assessed to property.
Light breakfast items are stocked in the Timberstone Valley Farm kitchen. At least one vegetarian group cook will be hosted with ingredients sourced from Gabriela's own farms or locally at Academy cost. (Dietary restrictions will be considered whenever possible, given the limitations of a small rural community.) All other meals are the responsibility of composers who have several local grocery stores and restaurants at their disposal.
All accepted composers are responsible for air/ground costs to arrive to Boonville by the start date of their residency. Airports closest to Boonville are San Francisco International (SFO), Oakland International (OAK), and Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport (STS) in Santa Rosa. Public transportation will not be sufficient in getting fellows from the airports to Boonville, and therefore, rental cars will be needed to at least partially navigate the trip, and to generally get around Boonville and the rest of the Anderson Valley. Accepted composers will receive assistance from Academy staff in communicating with other composers to share rental cars. The Academy can provide very limited transportation to/from airports.
Partial and full scholarships are available. These will be awarded based on financial need.
Criteria for adjudication
1. Music: Simply put, I’m looking for an exciting imagination inside a curious spirit who shows infinite creative promise.
2. Personal qualities: I’m looking for composers who can be collegial and supportive, open-minded to the different backgrounds and aesthetics of their fellow composers, who would like to make new friends. I’m also looking for composers who have an impressive work ethic and who understand they’ll hear from mentors who will take them seriously and give them tough, discerning feedback. I’m especially interested in composers who feel that the Academy’s commitment to arts citizenship is in step with their own personal ethos.
3. Fit: Admittedly highly subjective! I’ll be going on instinct to carefully and honorably decide whether I can be of utmost service to each and every applicant, much in the vein of a private teacher deciding who to accept into his or her private studio. Don't be surprised if I solicit the input of my faculty artists and an additional established composer or two to make final decisions on successful applicants. You are taken seriously!