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 fourteen (14) 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 the late composer David Froom (1951-2022) 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 reimagined a new program. The first year of this program was in May 2016, featuring our first composer-in-residence David Gompper (see our 2016 program photos here). In 2017, the program hosted eleven composition fellows to work with our first 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). Since then, with the exception of 2020, we have run a program each year and recently completed our seventh edition in 2023.
We invite you to explore the program and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.