Composers and The Voice 2013-2014
The Composers & the Voice Workshop Series is a competitive biannual fellowship offered to composers and composer/librettist teams. It includes 15 workshop sessions between September and May. Workshops include in-depth exploration and involvement in the libretto-writing process and visits by established composers and librettists in the later workshop sessions. The composers are encouraged to take risks and push the boundaries, with the safety net of closed readings always in mind. These pieces are written on very tight deadlines, usually in three weeks, with revisions coming through conversations with the performers and fellow composers.

At the end of the seven-month program, AOP will present the results of the participants’ work in two public performances – First Glimpse, a concert of songs in May, and Six Scenes, an evening of short opera scenes presented in September at the start of the following season. One of these scenes will be selected to receive a staged reading at The Manhattan School of Music the following spring, as part of its annual New Works Sampler.

With each new group of fellows, sponsorships are named in honor of mentors and their support of Composers & the Voice. During the workshop session these “Composer Chairs" make themselves available to our fellows for one-on-one discussions and feedback. Past “Composer Chairs” have included composers Mark Adamo, John Corigliano, Tan Dun, Daron Hagen, Lee Hoiby, John Musto, Richard Peaslee, Tobias Picker, Kaija Saariaho, and Stephen Schwartz.
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