Artistic Director, Director of Faculty
Daron Hagen

Managing Director
Brooke Creswell

Conducting Faculty
Brooke Creswell
Donald Thulean
Lawrence Golan

Composition Faculty
Daron Hagen
Alberto DeMestres
Miles Hankins
Gilda Lyons

Performance Faculty
Robert Frankenberry
Alexander Tchobanov
Jeff Johnson
Todd Strait
Marc Seales
Warren Rand

The Seasons Performance Hall

Pat Strosahl

Composers Academy Coordinator
Jessica Rudman

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The Seasons Fall Festival Composers Seminar 2012
October 15-21, 2012


Daron Aric Hagen

— Composer, Conductor, Pianist, Stage Director

Orchestral, chamber, and operatic performances worldwide.

Gilda Lyons

— Composer, Soprano

Artistic Director, the Phoenix Concerts, NYC.

Alberto DeMestres

— Composer, Tenor, Radio Commentator

Internationally active composer of opera and concert music.

Miles Hankins

— Film & Television Composer

Hollywood-based composer and orchestrator for film and television, with credits including ABC, NBC, FOX, SyFy, and Universal

Robert Frankenberry

— Tenor, Conductor, Pianist

Music Director, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh
Member, ION Sound Ensemble

Jessica Rudman

— Composer, Percussionist

Faculty, Baruch College

Performance & Recording Opportunities

Orchestral Work

—You compose a 4-5 minute orchestral work (instrumentation given) for rehearsal and professional premiere by the Yakima Symphony Chamber Orchestra under the baton of a Seasons Conductor Fellow on the Festival's Gala Closing Concert

Wind Quintet

—You compose a 5-6 minute work for wind quintet (fl/ob/cl/hn/bn/tp/tb) or sub-grouping of that instrumentation for Rehearsal, Reading, and Recording by the Seasons Wind Quintet, comprised of festival faculty members, conducted by Robert Frankenberry

Chamber Performance

—Select works by Composer Fellows will be programmed on a chamber recital during the festival

You will receive audio recordings of your chamber work(s) and orchestral work

Eleven Breakout Sessions

"Creating A Successful Demo Reel for Film & Television" (Hankins)

"Stravinsky's Octet: an Analysis" (Hagen)

"Getting Your Music Performed in Europe" (DeMestres)

"Demonstration and Notation of Contemporary Vocal Techniques" (Lyons)

"Professional Score and Parts Preparation" (Rudman)

"Score Passes: Preparing a Score for Rehearsal and Performance as a Conductor" (Lawrence Golan)

"Professional Strategies for the Film & Television Composer" (Hankins)

"Score Reading Techniques for Composers" (Frankenberry)

"Heliotrope: an Analysis" (Hagen)

"Professional Comportment for Composers and Conductors" (Entire Faculty)

"Career Advice: Horror Stories and Big Breaks" (Entire Faculty)

Master Classes & Podium Time

Composition Master Classes

You will present one of your works in one of three composition master classes and receive extensive feedback from the faculty.

Podium Time

You will prepare and conduct a movement from the standard repertoire during one of the conducting seminar sessions and receive coaching from the conducting faculty at that session.

Housing, Travel, Tuition

Hotel housing is included in the tuition (double occupancy).

You pay travel to and from Yakima, and for food.

Tuition is $1750, payable in two installments ($500 by May 1st; the balance by the first meeting of the seminar).

Please note that enrollment for the 2012 Festival is now closed.

No further applications are being accepted.

Contact Daron Hagen for further information: director[at]seasonsmusicfestival[dot]org

If you have been Accepted

Make your $500 deposit check out to: Seasons Music Festival

Send it by May 1st to:
Brooke Creswell
Managing Director
The Seasons Academy
101 North Nachez Avenue
Yakima, WA 98901