Del Mar International Composers Symposium
Application Guidelines and Additional Information
Eligibility and Application Instructions:
The DMICS 2023 composition student program (July 31–August 14) is open to all composers, aged 18 and above, who identify as student or emerging composers.
To apply, submit your materials via the online application. Please send two representative scores in PDF format, preferably demonstrating familiarity with chamber music and/or vocal writing. Your scores need not fit the instrumentation available at DMICS 2023 (piano trio, voice(s) and piano, or mixed chamber ensemble). However, if you wish to submit a work in progress, or a work you would be interested in revising and recording during the program, you may do so, as long as the piece fits a subset of the DMICS instrumentation. Instrumental solos, art songs, and chamber pieces are all acceptable.
You must also submit recordings of each submitted score. MIDI realizations are acceptable, especially in the case of works in progress. In the online application, you have the option to upload an MP3 file, or submit a link to a streaming service or file hosting service (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.).
Please also submit a short musical resume or CV that includes your education, major teachers, and a list of compositions.
There is a non-refundable application fee of $40 dollars, to be paid to our fiscal sponsor, the Del Mar Foundation. There is a Paypal link to pay the application fee here.
Deadline to Submit: April 21st, 2023
IMPORTANT: DMICS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. The sole criteria for acceptance shall be the quality and suitability of the work submitted.
DMICS requires that all participants show proof of full vaccination against Covid-19 before arrival in August. All adults living in the United States are currently eligible to receive a free Covid-19 vaccination, and it is the responsibility of all DMICS participants to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 prior to their arrival in Del Mar. All DMICS events will be held in full compliance with all local, state, and federal guidelines regarding Covid-19 safety.
Tuition Cost: $3500
Two reading/workshop sessions with DMICS performing artists on your composition.
Professional audio/video recording of your final workshop session, for use in your composition portfolio.
Four composition lessons, one each with faculty composers Texu Kim, Jordan Kuspa, Polina Nazaykinskaya, and Joseph Sowa.
Additional seminars on topics including writing for voice, portfolio building, developing collaborations with performers, and more.
Composer forums in which all DMICS composers will have the opportunity to present their music.
Tickets for all DMICS public events, including four concerts and other presentations and panel discussions.
13 nights (check-in July 31st, check-out Aug. 13th) in a three-star hotel (double occupancy), with breakfasts included.
Daily opportunities for exploration, with local hikes, excursions, and time at the beach.
"Attending DMICS was one of the best decisions I've made for my career thus far. From the knowledgeable and supportive instructors to the idyllic beachside locale, DMICS is like a vacation infused with personal and professional growth. Since attending DMICS, my skills have improved, my confidence has flourished, and I have made significant progress pursuing a graduate degree in music composition. I highly recommend this symposium for any young composer looking to make new connections and further develop their individual style and technique."
–Shannon Bradley, 2021 DMICS Student Composer