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Opportunities: Bang on a Can Summer Music Institute (MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA) Deadline – January 7, 2020

Bang on a Can Summer Music Institute (MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA) July 13-Aug 3, 2020
Deadline: January 7, 2020
Online Application:
Fee to Participate or Apply: Application fee $40

Description Of Opportunity:

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Institute at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is a three-week musical utopia for innovative composers and performers dedicated entirely to adventurous contemporary chamber music. The program culminates in a world-class 3-day festival called LOUD Weekend where student/faculty ensembles and many special guest luminaries of experimental music converge to create an eclectic supermix of over 30 concerts in 3 days, taking over every space in and around the museum.  In the words of the reviewer for the Boston Globe “nothing could have prepared me for the whirlwind…” Composers will have their works performed. Players will perform publicly in ensembles sitting alongside our faculty. In addition to LOUD Weekend, the institute includes performances in the museum galleries, and concerts and events in the community throughout the 3-week residency. The program also includes world music workshops, technology and music entrepreneurship seminars and more.

Our 2020 special guest artist is KRONOS QUARTET!

Our FACULTY members are some of the most innovative musicians of our time including members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, eighth blackbird, and more! These are musicians who have dedicated their lives to commissioning, rehearsing, recording and performing music beyond the cutting edge. We are delighted to welcome flutist, composer, and vocalist Nathalie Joachim to our faculty in 2020!

VIDEO: What IS the Summer Music Institute

How To Apply:

Online Applications are available via

We welcome applicants from all over the globe who are at least 21 years old as of the first day of the festival. Performance applicants, please note that we encourage a diversity of instruments, including voice. You do not have to play an instrument included on our faculty to attend the program, as the focus is on chamber music, not individual study.

A forty dollar ($40 USD) non-refundable application fee is required.

Application deadline is Tuesday January 7 at 5pm EST.

Contact Email:[email protected]

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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