The Alba Music Composition Program takes place in Alba, Italy, nestled in the foothills of the Alps, during the annual Alba International Music Festival. For a little over one week at the end of each May, a select group of eight (8) to twelve (12) composer participants, chosen by a panel of professional composers, descend on this small, picturesque town, and works one-on-one with distinguished faculty, composer-in-residence, and has their music performed and recorded by a top-flight resident professional ensemble.
A Brief History
The composition program in Alba started in 2005, when composer David Froom began a composition masterclass in connection with St Mary's College of Maryland, one of the founding partners of the Alba Music Festival. In the years following, the size and scope of the masterclass evolved and a wide range of student composers attended these courses along with a diverse and distinguished group of guest composers and performers. Among past guest composers are Jeffrey Mumford, Scott Wheeler, Louis Karchin, Robert Gibson, Mark Andrew Cook, Judah Adashi, Sylvano Busotti, Christopher Muscat, and Antonello Lerda.
In 2015, composer Elliott Miles McKinley assumed the role of Director, and designed a new program for 2016, featuring composer-in-residence David Gompper (see our 2016 program photos here). In 2017, the program hosted eleven composition fellows to work with resident ensemble, Transient Canvas, Composer-in-Residence Lansing McLoskey, and a composition faculty which included Carl Schimmel and Giacomo Platini (photos from 2017 may be viewed here). Our third edition hosted fourteen composition fellows in residence to work with the SOLI Chamber Ensemble, Composer-in-Residence George Tsontakis, and faculty Jennifer Jolley and Luke Dahn. Last year's program featured fifteen composers from around the world who converged in Alba to work with Sonic Apricity, Composer-in-Residence Pierre Jalbert, faculty Emily Koh and Rick Beato. In 2020 we had to postpone our in person program due to COVID-19 but we did a series of video programs featuring interviews with our fellows and performers which can be seen on our YouTube channel. We were excited to run an in person program once again in August 2021 where we invited thirteen amazing composition fellows to Alba to work with our friends Transient Canvas and composers Anthony R Green, Mary Ellen Childs, Giacomo Platini, and J Anthony Allen who also ran an inaugural electronic music workshop.
We invite you to explore our program and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.