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Composer-in-Residence 2019

What are the benefits of being selected as WPG Composer-in-Residence 2019?

Providing a platform to showcase musicians has always been at the heart of Maraca2's ethos. Since forming the World Percussion Group in 2015, the group has traveled some 15k miles, visited over 20 University departments and delivered masterclasses, clinics and performances on a truly global scale. Maraca2 are constantly looking to evolve our offering and are delighted to announce one of the World's finest opportunities for composers of Percussion Music...Introducing WPG 2019 Composer-in-Residence!

The selected WPG Composer-in-Residence 2019 will be asked to write a brand new commission to be premiered on the WPG 2019 tour. A perfect platform for your music to be showcased on an International level.  

  • You will be asked to write a brand new composition for WPG to be premiered on the WPG 2019 tour.
  • The selected Composer-in-Residence will be invited with a full scholarship to tour with the WPG to the UK, Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar. The group will travel by Cruise Ship (P&O Azura) in the Spring of 2019. See tour schedule for dates. We recognise that some composers have busy lifestyles an are potentially unable to travel with us. Therefore a secondary option of $1500 commission fee is available.
  • Your piece will be rehearsed in open workshops with the WPG where you will have the unique opportunity to work alongside, take on board feedback and network with some of the World's finest young Percussionists.
  • The sprecially commissioned piece will be featured on all Social Media that the WPG currently hosts. Last year through various stream of social media (Sabian, IP, REMO, Marimba One, Pearl, Tapspace, ClassicFM), the group received over 2 million views and 4k shares worldwide.
  • The opportunity to showcase your compositions at multiple venues around Europe. The perfect opportunity to raise awareness of your compositions amongst students within various Music Conservatoires.
  • Feedback from Maraca2 on how you can further develp your compositional style, market your works and raise your profile within the Percussion Community.
  • Have your pieces showcased on 'Percussion Music Online'. http://www.percussionmusiconline.com. A leading resource for percussion literature research. PMO has an outreach of thousands of percussionists waiting to experience your music first hand!
  • Your piece will be performed at Bridgewater Hall, one of the finest European Concert Hall's in the Manchester mid-day Recital Series. 
  • A Live recording of the World Premiere performance.
  • WPG hosts an ever-growing roster of artists from all over the Globe. Many artists have gone on to perform Internationally, demonstrate success in International Music competitions and be active in a diverse field of musical settings. The WPG will surely present opportunities for the selected composer to collaborate with these artists in the future. Please see http://http://www.worldpercussiongroup.com/about-us to view past WPG Artists.
  • Maraca2 have visited over 60 Universities and Conservatoires Worldwide. The winner will have opportunities to promote their music to professors and schools that have been associated with us over the past 15 years.

                                              *Pictured - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester - Premiere Performance of WPG 2019 Commission.

What are the benefits of an unsuccessful application?

Maraca2 are committed to adding value to all composers, both successful and unsuccessful in their applications.  As a result the following benefits are available.

  • You will be offered feedback from Maraca2 on how you can develop your compositional style and percussion writing.
  • Unsuccessful applicants will have the opportunity to work with Maraca2's Tim Palmer in attempt to promote new works via Percussion Music Online. This includes but not limited to Newsletter features to PMO members. 
  • Composers will have exclusice access to WPG 2016, 2017 and 2019 performance and clinic videos. There is over 20 hours of top class educational material which will aid you in your knowledge of percussion and writing.

If you wish to apply for Composer-in-Residence then you will need to submit PDF scores of a sample of your compositions (At least one must involve Percussion), Mp3's, videos, midi files and any supporting materials you feel support your application.