The Symposium

2021 ONLINE SYMPOSIUM

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June 28 - July 2   & August 2-6

COMPOSITION | GUITAR
CHAMBER PERFORMANCE

The Twisted Spruce Online Symposium enables advancement of musicianship through composition, critical career skills, and project development for guitarists and composers.  

The Symposium is divided into two, one-week sessions that are spaced one month apart.  The first week, June 28- July 2, introduces students to key concepts through classes and facilitates participants to engage with each other.  At the end of the first week, students break away in groups and work together on a composition and performance project.  During the week of August 2-6, the students and instructors convene for individual consultations on projects.  

Students

Students interested in advancing their musicianship and understanding of compositional techniques and contemporary music stylistic practices for guitar should register for the Twisted Spruce Online Symposium. 

Composition Registration

Participation in Core Classes

Project development workshops

Musicianship and notation

Pairing workshop (with guitarist)

Career skills workshops

Composition Competition (details below)

Guitar Registration

Participation in Core Classes

Project development workshops

Musicianship and notation

Pairing workshop (with composer)

Career skills workshops

Possibility to be featured in 2021 festival

Auditor Registration
Open access to observe classes, and access to 2021 World Ensemble animation Pre-Screening

Registration Level
Registration Fee

Composition                      
Guitar                               
Auditors                              

Fees
$30.00

$180.00
$180.00
$75.00

 

2021 Participants

 

Twisted Spruce Participants

Students interested in advancing their musicianship, technique, or understanding of composition technique and stylistic practices for guitar should register for the Twisted Spruce Music Festival.  Students are encouraged to share work samples of recent performances, video samples, or scores to enable 

Participants younger than 18 are welcome to attend but must have consent of their parents.  Parents will sign a consent form during the registration process.

Composition Lessons: students are free to work on any repertoire regardless of orchestration.  We recommend composers select pieces that represent their best work.  Lessons are 40-minutes long. 

Guitar Masterclasses students are free to play works from any stylistic period in masterclasses.  We recommend guitarists select pieces they are most comfortable with.  Lessons are 40-minutes long. 

Composition Registration

Composition Competition (details below)

Daily guitar technique classes

Daily musicianship and notation

Composer pairing workshop

One guitar lesson

Three arranging or composition lesson

Open access to audit all lessons

*Open access to all concerts (2022)

*Daily breakfast - coffee and snacks on site (2022)

*Daily catered lunch (2022)

Guitar Registration

Perform chamber and solo works in the festival

Daily technique classes

Daily musicianship and notation

Composer pairing workshop

Guitar masterclasses

One arranging and/or composition lesson

Open access to audit all lessons

*Open access to all concerts (2022)

*Daily breakfast - coffee and snacks on site (2022)

*Daily catered lunch (2022)

Composition Competition

Composition students who participate in the Twisted Spruce curriculum will have until Sept 15, 2021 to complete the work they began during the festival.  Compositions by finalists will receive free tuition and have their works premiered during the 2021 Composition | Guitar Festival.  First prize, and honorable mentions winners will be named.

Auditor Registration (Please Enquire)
  

2021 Competition

 

Registration Soft Deadline: June 15, 2021 | Hard Deadline: June 27, 2021

The Twisted Spruce Competition is about collaboration between composers and guitarists (C-G).  Prizewinners will be decided upon by the overall creativity of their project, quality of the score, and quality of the recording.  Please see the list of important dates below.   

Guitar performance must include a video recording of three works: minimum five-minute work composed on or after January 1, 1991; minimum five-minute free choice solo work (from any time or style); and the work that is composed in collaboration during the 2021 symposium, also minimum (five-minute).    

 

Top prize for the guitar

Top prize for composition

  • $500.00 commission 

  • Performance by the World Ensemble and video set to animation

  • Published score

  • Work performed in 2022 in-person festival

  • Feature to 2022 in-person festival

  • Potential single or EP release with Frameworks Records

 

First prize collaborative team

  • Winner will be invited to judge the 2022 competition

  • Presentation in the 2022 Symposium

One of our aims is to create an environment for sharing ideas and contributing to the creative process.  We are interested in participants who wish to open up their personal network and engage with each other.​

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2021 Instructors

 
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David Tanenbaum | Guitar

Professor of guitar at the San Francisco Conservatory

www.DavidTanenbaum.com

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Aaron Jay Kernis | Composition

Professor of composition at Yale University

www.AaronJayKernis.com

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Benjamin Verdery | Guitar

Professor of guitar at Yale University

www.BenjaminVerdery.com

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Maja Radovanlija | Guitar

Guitar Teaching Specialist at the University of Minnesota, and member of Minneapolis Guitar Quartet

www.majaradovanlija.net

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Charlene Kluegel | Violin

GRAMMY®-nominated solo and chamber musician. 

www.CharleneKluegel.com
 

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Christopher Adler | Composition

Professor of Music at the University of San Diego

www.ChristopherAdler.com

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Daniel Cueto | Composer

Associate Instructor at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music | 2020 Competitor

www.DanielCueto.com
 

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Sergei Matokhin | Guitar

Professor of Moscow state Institute of culture, and State musical and pedagogical Institute M. M. Ippolitov-Ivanov

www.Matokhin.ru

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Miles Friday | Composition

2020 Composition Prize Winner

www.MilesJeffersonFriday.com

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Thomas Aquino | Guitar

2020 Guitar Prize Winner | Wilson Burnham Guitar

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Stephen Brew | Guitar

2020 Collaboration Prize Winner 

www.SteveBrewGuitar.com

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Jim Bosse | Composition

2020 Collaboration Prize Winner

Jim Bosse

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Aaron Travers | Composition

Associate Professor of Composition at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

www.AaronTravers.com

 

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Colin McAllister | Guitar

Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

www.ColinMcAllister.com

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Anthony Tan | Composition

Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Victoria, Canada

www.AnthonyTanMusic.com

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Nathan Fischer | Guitar

Career Specialist at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. 

www.NathanFischer.com
 

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Jamie Tagg | Audio Engineering

Recorded three GRAMMY®-nominated albums, Professor of Audio Engineering Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. 

www.DJamesTagg.com
 

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Mireia Frutos | Piano

Associate Instructor, Doctor of Music in Collaborative Piano Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

www.MireiaFrutos.com

2021 Management

 
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Isabella Fincher | Classical Guitar & Operations Manager

BM Candidate in Classical Guitar, University of Colorado in Boulder

www.IzzyFincher.com

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Hannah Reffett | Development Specialist

MM Candidate in Arts Administration, Indiana University, O'Neill School of Public and 

Environmental Affairs.

www.LinkedIn.com/in/HannahReffett

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Fan Yi | Development Specialist

MM Candidate in Arts Administration, Indiana University, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Focus on Theatre and Performing Arts.

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Mackenzie Sanders | Social Media Specialist

Arts Management, Theater and Drama

www.LinkedIn.com/in/SandersMackenzie

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Marisa Sardo | Classical Guitar

Associate Instructor, MM Candidate in Classical Guitar, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

www.MarisaSardo.com

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Luke Henry | Composition

BM Candidate in Music Composition, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

www.lukehenrymusic.com

 

2021 Schedule

Week of June 28 - July 2:

Project overview and development

All workshops are asynchronous.  Attendance is at the discretion of the participant.  Registered participants will have access to videos for a limited time.

 

 

Aug 2

Aug 3

Aug 4

Aug 5

Aug 6

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12:00-13:50

12:00-12:50

12:00-12:50

12:00-12:50

12:00-12:50

 

Return from break: Initial composition presentations

Class: Bridge Records - Rob & David Starobin

Class: Azahar Press - Daniel Cueto & Nathan Fischer 

Class: Audio Production - Jamie Tagg

Final composition presentation (finished or in progress)

 

Orientation

Colin McAllister & Anthony Tan

David Tanenbaum & Aaron Kernis - Project Development

Ben Verdery - On the Creative Process

Colin McAllister & Christopher Adler

Maja Radovanlija & Aaron Travers

Thomas Aquino (2020 Guitar Prize) & Miles Friday (2020 Composition Prize)

First week conclusion: students break to develop their compositions

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12:00-13:50

12:00-12:50

13:00-13:50

12:00-12:50

12:00-12:50

13:00-13:50

15:00-16:00

12:00-13:50

 

June 28

June 29

June 30

July 1

July 2

Week of August 2-6:

Project Consultations

COMPETITION DEADLINES

August 6, 2021:

Ends week 2 of Symposium

August 15, 2021:

Deadline for final draft scores

September 15, 2021:

Deadline for guitar performance videos

October 1, 2021:

Winners Announced

FAQs

 

1. If I compose a work for the Symposium can I keep the copyright to that work?

 

Yes. The Twisted Spruce Music Foundation does not claim rights to any works by students or collaborators who participate in our events.   

2. I have a friend who is a composer or guitarist, may we register as a pair?

 

Yes. We welcome pre-formed pairs! However, the composition you collaborate on must be a new work developed after the start of the first week of the Twisted Spruce Symposium.