Composition Workshop for Original Art Song


As part of the Art Song Festival, we want to encourage the writing and performing of new works which reflect modern life from diverse perspectives.  We therefore have requested student composer's of Trinity Laban International Academies and KM Music Conservatory to submit original art songs for voice and piano to the festival. Those selected will work with Trinity Laban's Professor Chris Caine and KMMCs Dr Jimmy Bunch in a live-streamed online composition workshop, focussed on text setting and writing for voice. Some may also be selected for recording by festival judges and KMMC faculty members.

Workshop Facilitators

Chris Caine

Following the completion of his studies at Trinity College of Music, now Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Christopher Caine was appointed to teach initially in the Junior Department and later to the Music Faculty higher education programmes. He has held various posts within Trinity Laban including Head of Undergraduate Programmes and Programme Leader BMus. Having retired from both posts, he continues as a teacher of Applied Musicianship on the BMus (Hons) and of Music Theory and Musicianship on the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre.

Jimmy Bunch

Dr James Bunch is an American composer, conductor and educator who completed his doctorate in music composition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has written works for voice, instrumental ensembles, and electronics. His music has received performances throughout the US, Europe, South America, and Asia. Dr Bunch joined the KM Music Conservatory faculty in 2014.


Art Song Festival 2021

Original Art Song Composition Workshop




Submission Deadline: 5th July 2021

Workshop Date: 15th July


What:  One art song [of between 3 and 7 minutes], or a small cycle [2 or 3 songs] of no greater than 7 minutes.


Only one entry will be accepted per applicant.

There is no entry fee.

Applicants must be students or alumni of KM Music Conservatory or Trinity Laban International Academies.

There are no stylistic limitations, however the composition must be notated using staff notation, and / or any contemporary extensions

Entries should demonstrate familiarity with conventional / contemporary Western art song styles.

Applicants must submit 1 score [including program and performance notes]:

Please include a translation of any non-English texts in your program notes.

Composers must be available for the workshop on 15th July.

The work must feature solo voice, but the instrumentation of the accompaniment is open:

The accompaniment can be a solo instrument [piano, guitar, vibraphone], or a small ensemble.

When selecting an instrumentation, applicants should however keep in mind the performability of their work.