With the emphasis on live performance of student compositions, many opportunities have been created for collaborations with performing ensembles and "commissions" of student work. OPUS concerts are produced by Music-COMP and take place in the fall at the Elley-Long Music Center in Colchester, VT and at various communities around the state in the spring. See Past OPUS events (link) for more information and examples of student work.
Another exciting development has been the growing collaborations with performing groups in Vermont. Many ensembles are "commissioning" work from students, with full orchestral pieces being performed by professional and community groups throughout the state. See Upcoming Concerts and Other Concerts for more information. (link)
Twice each year, Music-COMP produces a concert featuring live performance of student work. Professional musicians are hired to perform the pieces in an evening concert free to the public.
In the fall, students are given the opportunity to write for brass quintet, percussion, piano and SATB vocal ensemble. In the spring, the instrumentation includes woodwinds and strings.They may choose any combinations from the available instruments, whether solo, duet or full ensemble. Criteria are posted and a time frame established.
Students must post their work online in progress, ask for feedback from their mentors and make a commitment to having a meaningful dialogue about their intent and their musical decisions. Work must be revised and reposted online. Mentors decide what works will be performed in concert, and at that point the scores are "cleaned up" for performance. Rehearsal time is allotted to each student composer during the day for interaction with the performers, and DVD and CD recordings are made of the performance.