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The Symposium

2023 ONLINE SYMPOSIUM

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July 10-14
& August 7-11

COMPOSITION | GUITAR

The Twisted Spruce Online Symposium enables advancement of musicianship through music composition, performance of new music on guitar, critical career skills, and collaborative project development for participants.  

The symposium is 100% virtual and divided into two, one-week sessions that are spaced one month apart.  The first week, July 10-14, introduces participants to the key concepts of collaboration through classes and professional networking.  At the end of the first week, participants are paired in duos (guitarist and composer) and work together to develop a composition.  During the week of August 7-11, the students and instructors convene for individual consultations on projects.  

Participants

Participants 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 next year's festival

Auditor Registration
Open access to observe classes and opportunity interact and network with symposium participants.

Registration Level
Registration Fee

Composition                      
Guitar                               
Auditors                              

Fees
$35.00

$190.00
$190.00
$75.00

 

2023 Participants

Students

Twisted Spruce Participants

Participants interested in advancing their musicianship, technique, or understanding of composition and stylistic practices for guitar should register for the Twisted Spruce Symposium.  Participants are encouraged to share work samples of recent performances, video samples, or scores to enable us to pair registered participants with a suitable match.

Why register for the symposium:

  • The symposium is virtual and we have a number of international participants each year.

  • Expand your professional network by being paired a guitarist or composer from different regions or countries, and challenge each other to advance you artistry and performance ability.

  • Learn a new process of communication best practices while working with composers/guitarists.

  • Develop empathy and adapt to a new composition style in performance.

  • Develop empathy and adapt compositions to the strengths of a player.

Participants younger than 18 are welcome to attend with the consent of their parents.  At this time, we only offer an open division competition. Parents will be required to sign a consent form during the registration process.

Auditor Registration (Please Enquire)
  

2023 Competition

Competitin

Registration Deadline: July 8, 2023 by midnight

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

The competition guitar performance video must be a recording of three works: five-minute work composed on or after January 1, 1993 (composed in the last 30 years); five-minute free choice solo work (from any time or style); and the work that is composed in collaboration during the 2023 symposium (five-minute minimum and six-minute maximum in duration; *works exceeding six-minutes will be disqualified).    

 

Top prize for the guitar

  • $1000 cash prize

  • A handmade concert guitar by Wilson Burnham worth $8000.00

  • An EP release with Frameworks Records 

  • Published performance edition (contingencies apply)

  • Feature in subsequent festival

  • Concert with the Bloomington Classical Guitar Society

Top prize for composition

  • $1000 commission 

  • Performance by the virtual ensemble and video set to animation

  • Published score

  • Feature in subsequent festival

  • Potential single or EP release with Frameworks Records

 

First prize collaborative team

  • $200.00 (split between collaborative team)

  • Presentation in the 2024 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 musicians outside their immediate network, region, and/or country in the creation of new music. For example, in the past we have paired guitarists from Australia with composers in Canada, and guitarists in the US with composers in Germany. ​

*The full prize menu is equally open to non-US citizens or green card holders except prizes that require travel to and from the United States. At the present time the Twisted Spruce does not cover international travel to and from the united states, nor can we cover the costs and filing fees for visas issued to non-US citizens. This means that non-US citizens and green card holders will be given the option to perform a virtual concert. We will work with you to record the Frameworks EP in your home country. The cash prize, Wilson Burnham guitar, and all other prizes can otherwise go to any global citizen who wins the competition. Exceptions will explored for artists traveling from Canada and Mexico.

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Schedule

2023 Schedule

Registration Deadline: July 8, 2023 by midnight

July 10-14, 2023

July 10 at 12 pm: ORIENTATION

 

July 11: ​

  • 1 pm - Adam Greene & Colin McAllister - Collaboration

July 12 at 12 pm:

  • 12 pm - Kevin Ernst & Ken Meyer - Collaboration

  • 1 pm - Olga Amelkina-Vera - Guitar & Composition

July 13 at 12 pm:

  • 11 am - Aaron Travers & Nathan Fischer - Las Guitarras Azules

  • 12 pm - Natalie Dietterich, Gulli Bjornsson, & Jiji - Collaboration

  • 1 - 2022 Winners Roundtable

July 14 at 12 pm: Pairing (guitarists & composers) ceremony

August 7-11, 2023

Aug 7-10: Consultations available upon request

Aug 11 at 12 pm: A/V for competition by Jamie Tagg

Aug 11 at 1 pm: Final questions, break for competition

 

September 1, 2023 (Friday midnight)

  • Score submission deadline

  • Email scores to twistedsprucemusic(at)gmail.com

  • Format subject: 2023-Your Full Name-Composer

 

October 15, 2023 (Sunday midnight)

  • Video submission deadline

  • Email url to download your video to twistedsprucemusic(at)gmail.com (video must be in mp4 ormov format). We will not accept YouTube submissions. 

  • Format subject: 2023-Your Full Name-Guitar

 

November 12, 2023 (Sunday starting 12 pm)

  • Reel and awards announcement

Instructors

2023 Instructors

Gulli Bjornsson.jfif

Gulli Björnsson | Composition & Guitar

Electronic Composition at the University of Kansas

www.GulliBjornsson.com

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Natalie Dietterich | Composition

PhD Candidate at Princeton University

www.Natalie Dietterich.com

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Kevin Ernst | Composition

Professor of Composition at Cornell University

https://music.cornell.edu/kevin-ernste

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Jiji Kim | Guitar

Professor of Guitar at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. 

www.JijiGuitar.com
 

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Adam Greene | Composition

San Diego based composer

www.AdamGreene.net

 

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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

Professor of Music at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs

www.ColinMcAllister.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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Nathan Fischer | Guitar

Career Specialist at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. 

www.NathanFischer.com
 

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Olga Amelkina-Vera | Guitar & Composition

Professor of Music at Collin College

www.OlgaAmelkinaVera.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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Stephen Mattingly | Guitar

Professor of Guitar at the University of Louisville

www.StephenMattingly.com

2021 Management

2023 Management Team

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Ella Torres | Social Media Marketing

MM Voice, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
BM Voice & ALP, Eastman School of Music

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Daixuan Ai | Composition

DM Composition, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music 
 

www.DaixuanAi.com

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Sy Anderson | Composition

BM Candidate in Composition, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

www.SyAnderson.com

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Ben Diamond | Classical Guitar

MM Candidate in Classical Guitar Performance, McGill University

www.BenDiamond-ClassicalGuitarist.com 

FAQs

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.  

3. I am a guitarists in the Twisted Spruce competition and I need a work that was composed in the past 30 years, where can I find one?

 

Guitarists can use any work composed in the past 30 years. If you are having a difficult time finding a score, consider the following resources:

4. Is this a guitar competition, AND a composition competition? Is the composition a solo work or an ensemble work?

This is a guitar competition and a composition competition - so there are three categories with prizes - composition prize, guitar prize, and collaboration prize. Participants should register either as a composer or as a guitarist. The symposium competition is designed so that composers collaborate with a single guitarist to write a solo work.

5. I am not based in the United States, nor am I a U.S. citizen or green card holder. How do the prizes effect me?

*The full prize menu is open to US citizens and green card holders except prizes that require travel to and from the United States. At the present time the Twisted Spruce does not cover international travel to and from the united states, nor can we cover the costs and filing fees for visas issued to non-US citizens. This means that non-US citizens and green card holders will be given the option to perform a virtual concert. We will work with you to record the Frameworks EP in your home country. The cash prize, Wilson Burnham guitar, and all other prizes can otherwise go to any global citizen who wins the competition. Exceptions will explored for artists traveling from Canada and Mexico. Please contact us if you wish to discuss this in further detail.

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