International Summer School in Croatia
The International Summer School "UPBEAT" during the eighteen years period has
succeeded to engage young musicians from all Croatian schools and Zagreb University
Academy of music, as well as students from about thirty states from all over the world.
Therefore, it has promoted on international level the Croatian high professional music
teaching methods. The purpose of the School is to encourage young musicians of all
levels and ages, to develop their musical skills. Students are instructed by internationally
recognized teachers in beautiful historic surroundings.
The carefully constructed curriculum includes activities not only for students, but for
their teachers as well. Teachers find the course very stimulating and rewarding through
regular discussions and practical demonstrations. International Summer School
"UPBEAT" is organized by Croatian String Teacher's Association. The school offers
artistic and technical improvement provided by high professional level of teaching music.
The parents or guardians are welcomed to participate, besides enjoying vacationing at
the beautiful seaside resort, they may take part in many students activities, in concerts
etc. The numerous organized concerts in historic cities including churches and palaces
are part of the school curriculum and masters workshops, which results by cultural
enrichment in naturally beautiful environment.
The composition course in Hvar consists of a series of daily group meetings with
Professor Joel Hoffman. The course this year will focus on writing for an ensemble
consisting of composer-performers and selected instrumental musicians from other
courses in the International Summer School "UPBEAT". Following is a description of the
Composition Practicum: Writing for the Hvar Ensemble
This is the main part of the course, in which students will bring complete pieces or
works-in-progress composed for either the complete ensemble or some part of it. The
completed pieces as well as works-in-progress will be rehearsed and evaluated in a group
setting by Professor Hoffman as well as by other professors in residence in terms of
compositional craft and idiomatic writing for the ensemble.
A few lectures will be offered by guest composers and other prominent musicians from
Croatia and elsewhere in Europe who will be in residence in Hvar during the same
period. The lectures will be on various topics beyond composition for the ensemble,
including notation, performance problems, writing for the orchestra, writing for the
A few sessions will be devoted to principles of improvisation, which will be
demonstrated and discussed by Professor Hoffman. There will be a number of group
exercises and activities. This part of the composition course is also open to other music
students taking part in the Hvar summer program.
What to submit?
Interested composers must send to Professor Hoffman by 31 March, 2006:
A resume and completed application form for the International Music Summer School
"UPBEAT" Composition Course. In the resume, please include composition experience
as well as a description of performance level on your instrument (e.g. beginning,
intermediate, advanced) along with a list of some of your performance repertoire. No
application fee is due at this time.
1 - A score of an original work for a small ensemble scored for anywhere from 2-8
2 - A live or MIDI recording of this ensemble piece (on CD) is encouraged but not
Composers will be notified of acceptance into the course by email by 10 April. At that
point, they will be informed of the makeup of the complete ensemble available for the
composition course, and they will be asked to compose a piece for any combination of
instruments available from the ensemble. At that time, composers will be asked to
confirm their participation in the course by mailing the application fee to Professor
Dobrila Berkovic-Magdalenic, director of the International Music Summer School
It is preferable that the participants' compositions for the Hvar Ensemble be completed
before the course begins so that the focus during the course can be on revising and
refining. However, it is acceptable that the composition be completed during the course.
The principal language of the Hvar International Music Summer School is English. In
addition, Professor Hoffman can accommodate students in Italian, French and Chinese.
The course cost is 400 euros for each participant. Add to that the cost of housing and
food (approx. 50 euros/day) and travel to Korcula from Cincinnati (est. $1500 round trip).
The course begins on 9 July and ends on 21 July.