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 welcome composers to submit original art songs for voice and piano to the festival. Those selected will work with Reena Esmail 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

Reena Esmail

Composer Reena Esmail works between the worlds of Indian and Western classical music and brings communities together through the creation of equitable musical spaces.

Esmail's work has been commissioned by ensembles including the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Kronos Quartet, Imani Winds, Baltimore Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Town Music Seattle, Albany Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Girls Choir, Conspirare, Juilliard415 and Yale Institute of Sacred Music.


Esmail is the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s 2020-2023 Swan Family Artist in Residence, and Seattle Symphony’s 2021-22 Composer-in-Residence. She was a 2019 United States Artist Fellow in Music, and a 2019 S&R Foundation Washington Award winner. Esmail was a 2017-18 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow, and the 2012 recipient of the Walter Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Recordings of her work have been released on major labels including Hyperion Records, Delos Music and Cedille Records.


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 2022

Original Art Song Composition Workshop



Submission Deadline: Friday 15th July

Workshop Date: Monday 22nd July (online) / Thursday 25th July (live)


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.

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 either 22nd or 25th 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.