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Summer Residency for New Music

Hosted by Ensemble Dal Niente and DePaul University

Monday, July 6 - Sunday, July 12, 2020
Ensemble Dal Niente

The DePaul University School of Music announces a week-long Summer Residency for New Music in collaboration with the acclaimed new music chamber group Ensemble Dal Niente and featu​ring distinguished guest composer Hilda Paredes.  During this newly re-designed virtual week, young composers will have opportunities to collaborate on new projects, work with Ensemble Dal Niente musicians, participate in master classes and receive individualized feedback.  

The composition program includes lessons with DePaul faculty members Osnat Netzer, Fred Gifford and Christopher Wendell Jones​, as well as with guest composer, Hilda Paredes. The performance program includes lessons, coaching and rehearsals with members of Ensemble Dal Niente.   All students will participate in lectures, demonstrations and workshops with DePaul faculty and members of Ensemble Dal Niente​.  

The residency will have four main components distributed across the duration of the week: lessons, lectures, rehearsals and a performance.  Additionally, each participant will be invited to compose a quartet with an assigned instrumentation for Ensemble Dal Niente.  The ensemble will rehearse each piece twice on location at DePaul, and the composers will join the rehearsals remotely via Zoom. This will give the composers the opportunity to interact with the musicians, receive feedback and offer comments. Each session will also be recorded, and recordings will be made available to the composers. At the end of the week, the musicians will record the pieces and  each composer will receive high-quality audio recordings of performances of his/her music.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the residency this summer! 
This program provides a rare and unique opportunity for students to work with the School of Music's celebrated composition faculty along with members of Ensemble Dal Niente and special guest composer Hilda Paredes. Faculty members are updated as they are confirmed. All faculty are subject to change. 

Osnat Netzer, composition
Fred Gifford, composition
Tara Lynn Ramsey, violin and viola
Jesse Langen, guitar
Mabel Kwan, piano
Chris Wild, cello
Michael Lewanski, conductor

Tuition for the program is $750 (non-credit) for all students.

For the composition program,  please submit a brief resume that contains your educational background and compositional experience, a comprehensive list of works, 1-3 scores of recent work that show the depth of your experience and range of compositional experience and a portfolio recording, if available, showing performance(s) of work(s).   

For the performer program, please submit a list of works studied and recent performances with list of ensembles (2 pages max) and portfolio recordings of two works, at least one having been written in the past 50 years. Performers of the following instruments are encouraged to apply: flute, clarinet, percussion, harp, guitar, piano, and violin (doubling viola).

Please feel free to email us directly at with any further questions. 

While the main application deadline has passed, we will continue to accept applications as space allows for the next few weeks.

Monday, June 22 – Deadline for work in-progress

Monday, June 29 – Deadline for all scores and parts