presented in partnership with
Featuring ICEBERG New Music, Sarah Kirkland Snider, The Rhythm Method, and Contemporary Art Music Project
June 3-14, 2024
University of Central Florida • Orlando, FL
Application deadline January 1, 2024. There is no fee to apply.
ICEBERG Institute is a two-week composition intensive led by ICEBERG New Music composers and featuring a variety of guest faculty and performing artists each year. Participants receive rigorous individual instruction from world-class faculty members, hear their music performed in a public concert, and receive high-quality audio and video documentation of their work. The Institute is open to all composers 18 years of age and older, regardless of nationality, experience level, or professional status.
ICEBERG New Music, Core Faculty
The ten composers of ICEBERG New Music are committed to exploring every boundary of contemporary concert music. They are acclaimed composers and distinguished educators who have collaborated with some of the world's foremost contemporary ensembles and performers, and heard their music performed across five continents. As a collective, ICEBERG has presented concerts across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Their first album, a collaboration with acclaimed pianist Jenny Lin, was released in 2018 by Sono Luminus Records. ICEBERG New Music has produced over 20 concerts of new music since 2016, encompassing more than 150 world premieres.
ICEBERG New Music is:
* Denotes in-person 2024 Institute faculty.
Sarah Kirkland Snider, Guest Faculty
Composer Sarah Kirkland Snider writes music of direct expression and vivid narrative that has been hailed as “rapturous” (The New York Times), “groundbreaking” (The Boston Globe), and “ravishingly beautiful” (NPR). Recently named one of the “Top 35 Female Composers in Classical Music” by The Washington Post, Snider’s works have been commissioned and/or performed by the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and many others.
The Rhythm Method, Ensemble-in-Residence
Praised as “fierce, fearless, and virtuosic… unapologetically stylistically omnivorous and versatile” (New Music Box) and “trailblazing...skillful composer-performers” (The New Yorker), The Rhythm Method strives to reimagine the string quartet in a contemporary, feminist context. Their self-titled debut album was released on Gold Bolus Recordings in March of 2022.
Contemporary Art Music Project,
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Katherine Weintraub, Saxophones
Thea Lobo, Mezzo-soprano
Contemporary Art Music Project (CAMP) is a collective of Tampa-based musicians and composers dedicated to collaborating with living composers and performing artists from around the world. Founded in 2021, CAMP presents an expansive range of programs, including commissioning projects, podcasts, a salon concert series, At the CAMPGround, and CAMP’s annual international festival of new music and flagship event, CAMPGround. CAMP's collaborative partners include Tempus-Projects, Tampa City Ballet, Central Florida Choreographers Collaboration, Atlas Modern Ballet, Heard’Em Say, and more.
Video by Danielle (DJ) Bees, 2022 Participant
"This truly was an amazing experience that I will forever cherish, so thank you all SO much for working so hard and making it happen!"
-2022 Participant (from exit survey)
"Genuinely this is one of, if not the single best festival I've ever been to."
-2022 Participant (from exit survey)
"I had a blast connecting with the faculty, the musicians and the students... ICEBERG offers some very interesting opportunities for composers, and I would highly recommend it."
-2023 Participant (from exit survey)
Location and Facilities
UCF main campus
UCF School of Performing Arts
The University of Central Florida's main campus is a 1,420 acre site in Eastern Orlando. UCF's School of Performing Arts is Florida's first all-Steinway school, and features cutting-edge practice facilities, practice spaces, and technology labs for participants' use. Off campus, Orlando offers its world-famous theme parks and a huge variety of concert halls, theaters, and museums, including the sprawling Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Temperatures in early June are pleasant, with sun daily and highs between 82-88º F (27-31º C). All instructional, practice, and residential spaces are air-conditioned.
Curriculum and Schedule
ICEBERG Institute is a rigorous two-week composition intensive. During the first week, participants attend faculty and guest seminars, present to their colleagues about their own work, and receive daily one-on-one lessons as they revise and finalize pieces for performance. During the second week, students receive masterclass instructions from guest faculty, rehearse their music with the Institute's artists and ensemble-in-residence, and hear their pieces performed in a public concert. Academic activities generally last from 9 or 10 AM until 4 or 5 PM.
All participants receive at least four individual lessons with core faculty, at least one masterclass session with guest faculty, and high-quality audio/video documentation of their concert performance.
Lodging and Dining
ICEBERG Institute participants may choose to either secure their own lodging or take advantage the of on-campus housing option. On campus housing consists of single-occupancy rooms with shared kitchen and common spaces, located a one-minute walk from the School of Performing Arts.
ICEBERG Institute does not require participants to purchase a meal plan of any kind. However, UCF offers a variety of affordable on-campus dining options, and is a short walk from many additional restaurants, shops, and bars. On-campus housing units are equipped with kitchens. One banquet-style dinner is included in the cost of tuition (this dinner will follow the final concerts).
Campus dining options
Tuition and Optional Expenses
Tuition for the 2024 ICEBERG Institute is $2,250 USD. Tuition includes the following:
All lessons, masterclasses, seminars, and other curricular activities
Access to practice, instruction, and study facilities at UCF
Rehearsal and performance of your work by the Institute's guest artists and ensemble(s)
High-quality audio and video documentation of your performance
Final banquet dinner
Optional expenses include the following:
On-campus housing ($50 USD/night, $650 total per person). Participants staying on campus should plan to check in on Sunday, June 2 and check out on Saturday, June 15. Alternatively, participants may choose to secure their own housing.
A daylong excursion is scheduled for Friday, June 7. Conformed participants will choose the destination: options include Universal Studios, Walt Disney World, and Kennedy Space Center. Cost will depend on destination.
How to Apply
To apply, click the "Apply Now" button above and complete the online form. Application is open to all composers, regardless of nationality or professional status. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older as of June 1, 2024. There is no fee to apply.
All applicants will need to provide the following:
Date of Birth
Link to a resumé or C.V.
Links to two work samples (scores) with accompanying recordings
A brief paragraph describing their artistic practice and interests
Additionally, accepted candidates will be asked to supply the following before arrival:
Proof of health insurance
Passport information (if traveling internationally)
There is no application fee. If you have questions, please contact us.
Accepted participants will be asked to compose a new piece for a given instrumentation and submit a complete draft of this work by May 1, 2024. These compositions will be workshopped, revised as needed, and performed during the Institute's final concert.