Music composition workshop

Join OCA tutor Chris Lawry and saxophonist, composer and publisher Keri Degg on Saturday 29 July 2017 between 9.30am and 5pm for a composition workshop at MAC Birmingham. The day will consist of advice and discussion on writing for saxophone and getting pieces published and will feature performances and feedback of student compositions.

Current OCA students are welcome to attend just as observers but are also encouraged to submit a short piece for consideration to be workshopped. The day will also be a chance to meet up and network with fellow students and your OCASA music representative Martin Richardson.

Due to room restrictions, spaces will be extremely limited for this event and allocated on a first come first served basis. Places are free to OCA students. To book your place, and to receive further information, including the briefs for submitting pieces, please email enquiries@oca.ac.uk as soon as possible, stating whether you would like to attend as either an observer or composer.

Your student association, OCASA, has worked with tutors and performers to once again provide additional aspects to this workshop:

  • All composers will have their pieces recorded in advance and students will be able to use their recordings for not only private study and development, but also online, to share with friends and family or to use in networking or their own websites.*
  • Any student who is unable to come to the workshop can also register as a non-attending student and will be able to submit a piece for feedback and to be recorded. There also may be a possibility of a follow up Google Hangout discussion at a later date – subject to there being enough interest.

* Terms and conditions are provided to participants and also available on request.

This is a fantastic opportunity, widening accessibility and broadening outcomes, so many thanks to OCASA for helping to support such a scheme for students. Those wishing to receive further information, and to submit a piece, should also register by email (enquiries@oca.ac.uk) as soon as possible, stating that you would like to submit a piece as a non-attending student.

Guidelines for Composers
Composers are invited to write a piece for Solo Saxophone (Alto or Soprano) with or without piano accompaniment to a set brief which has been designed to imitate a professional publishing situation.

This study visit will not only focus on writing music to a set publishing brief, but also on writing music for educational purposes. After registering, you will receive the full details of the call-for-scores which will contain a choice of briefs to write for one of three different ability levels. Composers are advised to closely follow the parameters and to fully research the information given in the brief. As many pieces as possible will be workshopped on the day at the discretion of the performers.

Scores should be sent as a Sibelius file (or PDF) absolutely no later than the 14 June 2017 (which represents the typical time frame for an educational commission). No extensions will be allowed and you should only submit one piece which represents your best work. The pieces will then be recorded by Keri Degg and Chris Lawry. Any queries, please email.

We look forward to seeing you on the day!

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