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Call for Applications: Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute 2012

Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute 2012

Phase 1: Intensive
 (August 7-11, 2012, 
UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music,
 Los Angeles, CA).
Submission Deadline: April 16, 2012

The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University (CJS) and American Composers Orchestra (ACO) in cooperation with The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, and EarShot, the National Orchestra Composition Discovery Network, announce the 2012-13 Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI). Up to 35 jazz composers in various stages of their composing careers will be selected to participate from a national call for applications. The successful applicants will be composers working in jazz, improvised music, and creative music whose work demonstrates excellent musicianship, originality, and potential for future growth. Applicants need not have prior experience with orchestral composition.
JCOI is organized into two phases:
· Phase 1:Intensive. August 7 to 11, 2012 at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in Los Angeles, California
· Phase 2: New Music Readings. April to June 2013 with orchestras in California and New York 
(Composers must be accepted to Phase 1 in order to have the
opportunity to apply for participation in Phase 2).

Information, eligibility guidelines and submission form are available online at:

Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.