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Harp Composition Class

Mit Sarah Nemtsov & Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir

Zusätzlicher Workshop mit Auswahlverfahren (Call for Composers)

Dozentinnen: Sarah Nemtsov (Komposition), Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir (Harfe)

Wann: 6.–11. August 2023

Wer: Komponist:innen (aus einem Call for Composers ausgewählt, angemeldet für Komposition), Teilnehmer:innen des Studios für Harfe

Einsendeschluss: ⏰ 30. April 2023

Call for Composers

Twelve composers are invited to take part in an intensive six-day course with tutors Sarah Nemtsov and Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir and her harp class. During the course the composers compose a short piece for harp in close collaboration with a harpist and with guidance from the tutors. The course’s main emphasis is on the collaborative process.

The course will cover topics such as:

  • an introduction to contemporary harp techniques and notation
  • close collaboration between composers and performers
  • experimentation on a single sound, gesture or action
  • improvisational and explorative techniques
  • precise notation and communication between performer and composer

A concert of the new harp miniatures will take place on 11th August.


Day 1 (6 August 2023)
10.30–11.30 Group Meeting 1 tutti, composers and performers
11.30–13.30 Harp presentation seminar, tutti
15.00–18.00 Group Sessions 1, 2 composers + 1 player in 6 rooms

Day 2 (7 August 2023)
10.30–14.00 Group Sessions 2 (and composers compose afternoons/evenings on days 2–5)

Day 3 (8 August 2023)
10.30–14.00 Group Sessions 3

Day 4 (9 August 2023)
10.30–14.00 Group Sessions 4

Day 5 (10 August 2023)
10.30–14.00 Group Sessions 5
15.30–17.00 Group Meeting 2 tutti, feedback and discussion

Day 6 (11th August 2023)
11.00–13.00 Composer Seminar discussion
14.00–16.30 GP
17.00 Concert


All composers must be registered participants of the Darmstadt Summer Course.

Please submit:

2 recent scores (PDF) and a short CV (PDF), plus the relevant recordings (please note, not necessarily for harp).
Please upload the recordings on a cloud and provide the link in a PDF. No download of files possible.

Applicants are requested to send all PDF files by ⏰ 30 April 2023 to:

Subject: LASTNAME Firstname Harp Composition 2023

Please note that we cannot consider any remarks, links, or information outside the PDF files!

If you have questions, please e-mail

Composers will be selected and notified by 1st June.

Important: Please take note of our data protection policy and the conditions for participation for the Darmstadt Summer Course before submitting your application.