Building upon the success of our inaugural season, DMICS 2020 will feature an expanded program featuring more composers, more local performers, and more ways to witness the creative process firsthand. And due to the global pandemic, all of this collaboration and artistic discovery will be online and accessible worldwide!

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The Del Mar International Composers Symposium (DMICS) seeks to encourage the sharing of new musical ideas between composers, performers, and the community, and to bring the best new concert music from around the world to Del Mar, California.

The Del Mar International Composers Symposium (DMICS) provides composers and performers a space to collaborate on the creation and presentation of new works, while inviting the public to experience the artistic process first-hand.


DMICS is directed by Jordan Kuspa, a Del Mar native and internationally-recognized composer whose music has been praised in the New York Times as “animated and melodically opulent” and “consistently alive and inspired.” After years of experience working as a composer at music festivals around the world, including in Italy, Switzerland, and Hong Kong, Kuspa saw the potential to create a unique program that would combine the best elements of these festivals into a cultural event specifically tailored to Del Mar.

The first season of DMICS featured two open rehearsals with our Ensemble-in-Residence, two panel discussions and talks with our Composition Fellows, and a final concert featuring premieres of new chamber music. Given the current realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited to present an all-online program of exciting and innovative collaborative music making and artistic discovery in August 2020!

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