Thank you for your interest in WRCMS! This year’s application period has closed. Information from last year’s application process is below.

Composer: you would like to write music to be workshopped and performed by other musicians during WRCMS 2018. You will have the opportunity to indicate whether you would be interested in performing in your own or another working group. Due to the high volume of composition applications, composition participants from previous editions of WRCMS may not re-apply as a composer; however, you may re-apply as a performer or improviser.

Performer: you would like to perform a work by a WRCMS Composition participant during WRCMS 2018. You prefer to be focusing on fully- or mostly-notated music for the most part, but may also be interested in exploring improvisational opportunities.

Improviser: you would like to work on improvisation in a group setting during WRCMS 2018. This includes improvised elements within a composed piece, structured improvisation, free improvisation, graphic scores, comprovisation, etc. You will have the opportunity to choose whether you would like to work in a working group of exclusively improvisers, a group involving a composer, or both.

Existing ensembles may also apply. Please have one member fill out the Performer or Improviser application, whichever is most appropriate to what your ensemble does/wishes to do during WRCMS 2018.

If you wish to fill out two of the above applications, please note that we will consider them separately and may accept you in either one role or the other. However, there will be opportunities for all participants, regardless of stream, to engage in performance/composition/improvisation if desired. Those wishing to both compose a work for a WRCMS 2018 working group as well as perform/improvise should fill out the composer application and indicate that you wish to perform in your own or another piece, and supply the necessary additional information.


WRCMS would prefer to accept all interested parties; however, we have limited resources to accommodate all applicants. The jury will select up to 10 composers, 20 performers, and 10 improvisers and notify successful applicants on March 9, 2018, after which we will have a waiting list procedure.

Our criteria for acceptance will be based on a number of considerations. The statement of interest allows us to get a sense of what applicants hope to gain and contribute from WRCMS, and is the most important portion of the application. Please refer to WRCMS’s Artistic Mandate, as part of our selection criteria will be to choose applicants whose values align with our Artistic Mandate. The jury, comprised of members of the organizational team, will also consider the applicants’ biographical details and accomplishments in conjunction with the relevant accompanying materials.


  1. There is a fee* to be paid upon acceptance (your notice of acceptance will include payment options). We are pleased to be offering two different fee packages this year. This fee includes:
    • Package 1 “play on”: $250
      • access to all workshops, concerts, and events
      • access to one-on-one mentorship with our guest artists
      • a studio recording of your playing/composition, which will be released on a digital album and distributed to various broadcasters
      • lunch throughout the session
      • lodgings are not included
    • Package 2 “all-in”: $425
      • all of the above, plus lodgings in a single-occupancy room in one of WLU’s residence buildings
  2. Participants in the composition stream will write a piece to be played by performance and/or improvisation participants at the final participant concert. Composers will receive ensemble assignments after all participant acceptances have been confirmed. Performers(/improvisers if applicable) will receive sheet music on June 8, 2018, to prepare for workshopping during the week of July 29 – August 7, 2018. WRCMS will connect paired artists, and help establish initial consultation regarding the work. The premières composed for WRCMS will be recorded as described above.
  3. It is the applicant’s responsibility to secure appropriate Visas upon notification of acceptance.

*We do not want this fee to be a barrier for low-income applicants. Please contact us if this is a barrier to you, and we will discuss possibilities.

For Canadian applicants, we can support travel & other grants relevant to your participation in WRCMS 2018 through providing a letter of support. If you are a student, your institution may provide the opportunity to apply for travel grants. If you need a letter of support, please email us upon acceptance.

See Also

Call for Scores          |          Contemporary Performance Prize

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