Banff Centre Summer Music Programs

The Banff Centre’s world-renowned Summer Music Programs for 2019 are open for applications, with deadlines throughout January 2019.

Artistic Directors Steven Schick and Claire Chase will lead two residency programs unique among other summer educational music festivals.

Ensemble Evolution and EQ: Evolution of the String Quartet will combine a rigorous pre-professional training program with a festival atmosphere for young musicians and emerging arts leaders, with emphasis on the participants creating their own new work.

Ensemble Evolution: This three-week program explores the evolving range of ensemble playing in the 21st century. Participants will work closely with internationally recognized performers, composers, improvisers, and arts leaders. This Summer Music program explores the evolving range and depth of ensemble playing in the early 21st century. Through workshops, performances, collaboration with faculty, and group conversation, participants will engage in a holistic approach to making music. June 24 – July 13, 2019

EQ: Evolution of the String Quartet: Pre-existing string quartets will work with internationally recognized string quartets including JACK, Eybler, Parker and Bozzini and composers on an expansive repertory spanning the earliest string quartets to the innovations of the present day. This Summer Music program explores the string quartet lineage from Haydn to music made in Banff by and for the faculty and participants of EQ. July 15 – August 03, 2019

For the 2nd year running join multi-instrumentalist and composer Tyshawn Sorey as Co-Artistic Director and Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer, who has been Artistic Director since 2013 for the 2019 Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music. • Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music: This program provides emerging artists with an extraordinary opportunity to collaborate and perform alongside internationally acclaimed composers and musicians – all under the co-artistic direction of Vijay Iyer and Tyshawn Sorey. The goal is to learn, converse, build, experiment, refine, and transform — to reimagine the state of the art. This program is one of the most intensive that Banff Centre offers, and continues our 40-year history of incredible jazz exploration. August 05 – August 23, 2019

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is located in Treaty 7 territory. We acknowledge the past, present, and future generations of Stoney Nakoda, Blackfoot and Tsuu T’ina Nations who help us steward this land, as well as honour and celebrate this place.

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2 thoughts on “Banff Centre Summer Music Programs

  1. As an experienced 4tet player who might be around Banff in e.g. July, 2019, I wonder if there are programs to attend as well as/or instead of groups in which to participate.

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