Essential APPLICATION InfO for
2018 programs


Deadline for 2018 programs now past. Programs for 2019 will be announced in May of 2019 with deadline in the late summer.  



Featured guest performance faculty and dates (Composers are automatically considered for ALL cycles)

  • Cycle 4: Chiara String Quartet
  • Spring session: Mon, March 19-Thurs, March 22, 2018 (Boonville, CA)
  • Fall session: Mon, September 17-Wed, September 19, 2018 (Boonville, CA)


  • Cycle 5: Del Sol String Quartet (Added!)
  • Spring session: Mon, April 30-Thurs, May 3, 2018 (Boonville, CA)
  • Fall session: Mon, December 10-Wed, December 12, 2018 (Special! San Francisco, CA, home base for Del Sol)


  • Cycle 6: Duo Cortona
  • Spring session: Sun, May 13-Wed, May 16, 2018 (Boonville, CA)
  • Fall session: Wed, December 5-Fri, December 7, 2018 (Special! Columbia, SC, home base for Duo Cortona)


  • Cycle 7: ZOFO
  • Spring session: Monday, June 11-Thurs, June 14, 2018 (Boonville, CA)
  • Fall session: Sat, November 10-Mon, November 12, 2018 (Boonville, CA)

All applicants are automatically considered for all cycles.  Successful applicants will only be into accepted into one cycle as determined by the Academy.  


Deadlines for all cycles of Bahlest Eeble Readings program

  • 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 (admittedly problematic labels!), and who is at least 20 years of age. Exceptions considered. 

Composers who are largely self-taught are encouraged to apply. Experience with written scores strongly preferred but exceptions considered. 

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, restricting consumption of alcohol to a moderate level, refraining from smoking any substance whatsoever on Academy grounds 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, nationality, religion, political persuasion, gender, or orientation. 

All accepted composers must be available for the entire duration of the residency.  


Application fees and tuition

$25 application fee; $1950 tuition cost for the Bahlest Eeble Readings. Up to two auditors will be accepted at $975 tuition cost. (Abundant scholarship assistance is available. See below.)

Successful applicants will need to pay a non-refundable $350 deposit by January 1st, 2018 to secure their spot. The remaining tuition can be paid in up to three additional installments.  

Note: Up to two auditors will be accepted into each cycle.  The experience is exactly the same except the auditor only attends the spring session (receiving a reading and recording of original music, attendance of master classes, Skype lessons with Gabriela, etc), and not the fall session (no public presentation of their music). 



As communal bonding is an essential part of the Academy experience, accepted composers are strongly encouraged to stay at Gabriela’s comfortable second home, the Timberstone Valley Farm cottage, in Boonville at no cost. Additional guests – spouses and children, for instance – 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 lodging deposit will be requested and returned if no damage is assessed to property.  

*Note: Timberstone Valley Farm is expected to complete its construction in February of 2018. If unforeseen events delay its opening, all accepted fellows will be housed comfortably in another beautiful lodging at no additional cost.  Furthermore, for Cycle Five composers, the Fall session is graciously hosted by the Del Sol Quartet in their home town of San Francisco, and for Cycle Six composers, the Fall session will be graciously hosted by Duo Cortona in their home base of Columbus, South Carolina.  Comfortable lodging (shared) will be provided at no cost by the Academy at a comfortable hotel or through privately-donated housing.  


Meal costs

Light breakfast items and cooking essentials are stocked in the Timberstone Valley Farm kitchen. Vegetarian group cooks will utilize 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. 


Travel costs

Accepted composers are responsible for their air/ground travel to arrive to Boonville by the start date of their residency. (Arrival the day before is strongly recommended. Some travel scholarships are available.) 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 some limited transportation to/from airports.    



Scholarships are available for all that demonstrate need, and the Academy is proud that in 2018, the average scholarship was 75% coverage plus some travel assistance. All scholarships are in the form of modest work studies. Applicants for assistance will need to submit a copy of last year's tax return at the time of application, and a written description of their current financial situation.  

The Academy is committed to helping successful applicants who search for outside funding support: Upon requests, we provide letters of support for grants and we commit a "starting" pledge to fundraising campaigns such as Kickstarter and GoFundMe.  


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, and who I would feel happy to welcome to my own home. 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! (Note: For 2018, internationally acclaimed composer Derek Bermel will help me with the adjudication process.)  


Deadline for 2018 programs now past. Next deadline for 2019 programs in the summer of 2018.