Conspirare’s Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson will be Conductor and Artist-in-Residence at the Festival’s Composers Symposium.
The theme of the Composers Symposium will be the performance of choral and instrumental music by symposium participants in three series of public events: concerts (“Living Music”); reading/workshops (“Virgin Ears Workshops”); and improvisation sessions (“Wild Nights Cafes”). This year’s composer-in-residence will be Stephen Hartke, winner of the 2013 Grammy for “Best Contemporary Classical Composition” and a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Music.
Featured guest artists will include Craig Hella Johnson, director of the Conspirare Company of Voices; The Fireworks Ensemble; and Beta Collide. The primary performing ensemble will be the symposium’s American Creators Ensemble (ACE), which is a chorus and instrumental group formed by the symposium’s participants. The chorus will be mentored by Craig Hella Johnson and the instrumental group will be mentored by Fireworks New Music Ensemble and Beta Collide. Participants may apply as composers, composer/performers, performers, performer/composers, conductors, or auditors.
Esteemed conductor Helmuth Rilling of Stuttgart is the artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival, and more than 30,000 people attend to take advantage of an exciting mix of choral/orchestral masterworks, chamber concerts, talks, a conducting master class, and social events. Although the festival is known for its concerts, education is at its core. This year will mark the eleventh Composers Symposium (Robert Kyr, founder and director), which has featured George Crumb, Arvo Pärt, John Harbison, Krzysztof Penderecki, Lou Harrison, Martin Bresnick, Sven David Sandstrom, R. Murray Schafer, Veljo Tormis, Tan Dun, Judith Weir, Osvaldo Golijov, Linda Bouchard, and Steven Jaffe as its previous composers-in-residence.
(The above from the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium “About” page MORE)