Application Guidelines and Additional Information

Eligibility and Application Instructions:

The DMICS 2021 composition student program 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. You will need to 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 2021 (string quartet, soprano, and piano). 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 $25 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: June 1st, 2021

IMPORTANT: 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.

DMICS does not and shall 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.

Tuition Cost: $1600

Tuition includes:

  • Two reading/workshop sessions with DMICS performing artists on your composition.

  • Professional recording of your final workshop session, for use in your composition portfolio.

  • Two composition lessons, one each with faculty composers Juri Seo and Jordan Kuspa.

  • Additional seminars on topics including writing for voice, career building, and more.

  • Daily composer forums in which all DMICS composers will have the opportunity to present their music.

  • Tickets for all DMICS public events, including two concerts and other presentations and panel discussions.

  • Eight nights (check-in Aug. 3rd, check-out Aug. 11th) in a three-star hotel (double occupancy), with breakfasts included.

  • Daily opportunities for exploration, with local hikes, excursions, and time at the beach.

Click here to apply!