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Our composer retreats feature

  • new music performances

  • discussion with new music performers/writers

  • nuts and bolts conversations (royalties, marketing, etc.)

  • networking opportunities

Guidelines we follow:

  • All participants must be present to present (including electronic playback compositions). Electronic playback pieces will be collected at the event (submitted from a flash drive - our retreats are usually in secluded locations, sometimes with no internet or connectivity to cellular networks).

  • We do not judge by age, race, style, academic achievement, academic position, or other identifiers. Participation space is based on availability (first come, first served). We are a collective of individuals interested in new music as members of NACUSA (there is a small membership fee to join).

  • Performances are limited to 10 minutes per concert to enjoy everyone's compositional voice. (presentations longer than 10 minutes might be asked to stop). Workshops and research presentations/discussions are limited to 30 minutes maximum.

  • Please note on research presentations: we do not accept self-auto-biographical presentations; however, we gladly accept biographical presentations of other-than-the-presenter. Live interviews with currently active new music artists are greatly desired. Research presentations receive more scrutiny for suitability at our events. At our state park retreats - projection is not possible (rooms are too bright), though audio playback is available.

  • You must join NACUSA on the National Level and Chapter Level (Sounds New Chapter) if selected for presenting. Our focus is on the music of living composers - we accept members that include the following associations: composers, performers, artists (outside of music), researchers, educators, students, donors, etc.

  • Composer Retreats are free and open to the public

2023 Call for Scores - Brittney Patterson, flute

Brittney Patterson is graciously selecting scores for possible performance at the 2023 retreat. If you'd like her to consider your score - please use the New Music Engine to submit your score. Once the call is closed (in other words, she has programmed the maximum for this date - we will post here).

Dr. Brittney Patterson is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Montevallo, where she teaches Flute and Music History. She earned her Doctorate from the University of Alabama, her Master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Tennessee. Brittney has performed with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, is Vice-President and Principal Flutist of the Memphis Repertory Orchestra, and is a co-founder of the Delta Blue Chamber Players.

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2023 Schedule

We start at 12:30 pm and go until finished. The first part of the event will include a masterclass and performances by new music harpist Danielle Kuntz. Further details on the schedule will be posted here as we get closer to the event.

Past Retreats

3rd Annual Composers Retreat - March 19, 2022 Cloudland Canyon State Park (GA)

2nd Annual Composers Retreat - August 2, 2021 FDR State Park (GA)

1st Annual Composers Retreat - August 1, 2020 FDR State Park (GA)