Tango for Musicians at Reed College


The Tango for Composers program is aimed at composition students at the intermediate and advanced levels who want to experiment within the tango genre. No previous compositional experience with tango is necessary.

The program is limited to twelve participants. Registration is now closed.

If you need to cancel your registration, please contact tango@reed.edu. We will refund 100% of your tuition until March 31, and then 50% of your tuition until May 31. Tuition is not refundable after May 31.

How to Apply

In order to apply for a place, each composer will be asked to submit one original work, including links to an audio rendition of the piece and a PDF file of the full score. Although we ask that those who have already written original works related to tango or Argentine music in general choose that kind of piece for the application, compositions of any genre will be accepted.

Tango for Composers 2017 Schedule

Application period December 1, 2016–May 31, 2017
Financial aid applications December 1, 2016–January 30, 2017
Financial aid decisions February 10, 2017
Early bird registration January 16, 2017–March 17, 2017
Regular registration March 18, 2017–June 5, 2017
Submission of composers’ works May 15, 2017

Original music to be prepared

Each composer accepted into the program will need to prepare one original composition lasting between one and two minutes featuring a combination of at least two of the instruments available in the ensemble. Arrangements of traditional tangos will not be accepted for application. This piece can be the same one that was submitted for the original application and does not necessarily need to be an unpublished piece. If the piece chosen lasts longer than what’s established in these terms, composers will have to choose a two minute excerpt to work with the ensemble.

Composers will need to send the full score of their composition and individual parts to the TFC production team no later than May 15, 2017. The parts will then be distributed to members of the ensemble so that they can study and prepare them in advance of the workshop.

The Tango for Composers Ensemble will perform a selection of the compositions developed within the program at a concert which will take place at noon on Friday, June 30, 2017 in the Eliot Hall chapel on the campus of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. This concert will be presented in conjunction with the Chamber Music Northwest festival’s New@Noon series.

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