Cursus Program on Composition and Computer Music

Call for applications: September 15 to November 15
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Serving the institute’s missions of research and creation, the Cursus program for composition and computer music is the flagship program in the broad range of IRCAM’s educational activities. Initiated in 1990 under Pierre Boulez, numerous composers (such as F. Baschet, F. Bedrossian, O. Bianchi, E. Campion, R. Cendo, F. Filidei, J. Fineberg, S. Gervasoni, C. Iannotta, M. Lanza, B. Mantovani, Y. Maresz, B. Pauset, H. Parra, Y. Robin, L. Ronchetti, G. Spiropoulos, C. Trapani, F. Verunelli) have enhanced their musical thought through the technological tools made available in the Cursus program where the philosophy is that the computer is a tool for musical creation.

For 10 months (from September to June), everything is put into place so the students can acquire real, technical autonomy with a number of computer programs. The Cursus program is divided into two periods: a “program” phase from September to December with 5 courses followed by the “project” phase from January to April where optional classes can be added in addition to the core program.

The Cursus program includes academic classes on IRCAM software (Max, OpenMusic, Modalys, AudioSculpt, Spat, etc.), hands-on studio classes, workshops on composition and improvisation with electronics, meetings with the institute’s research teams and guest composers in addition to individual supervision by the educational team (Simone Conforti, Jean Lochard, Grégoire Lorieux, Mikhail Malt, Sébastien Naves) and the composer associated with the Cursus, Thierry De Mey.
At the end of each key module during the program, the students present their “mini projects” that prepare them for the production of their final project presented in concert during the ManiFeste festival at the CENTQUATRE-PARIS.

As a part of IRCAM’s continual renewal and openness, this composition can now be expressed using a multitude of forms: a work for solo musician and electronics (as has been the practice for several years), an electroacoustic work, a sonic installation, etc. This composition can also include other media such as dance, text, or images once the project is validated by the educational team. Students from the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (Cnsmdp) perform the concert. The Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (Cnsmdp) is one of the largest higher-education establishments in the domain of music and dance. Projects are supervised by Thierry De Mey, a team of 5 computer music designers/professors, IRCAM sound engineers, and professors from the Conservatoire de Paris.

Throughout the program, IRCAM provides students with a special classroom reserved for only the Cursus students in addition to 5 studios each equipped with a computer, mixing table, synthesizer, loud-speakers for sound spatialization, and a piano.

Through a partnership with the Conservatoire de Paris, the Haute École de musique de Genève and, beginning in September 2019, the Académie supérieure de musique de Strasbourg-HEAR and the Université de Strasbourg, students signed up in a Master’s degree in composition in one of these establishments can take their first year of their degree in IRCAM’s Cursus.

Applicants selected for the Cursus program have the possibility, upon request, to be housed at the Cité internationale des arts de Paris. They will have a studio/room throughout the program. Monthly housing fees are paid by the students.

Public composers (under 35 years old)
Contact 01 44 78 48 17 | cursus (at) ircam.fr

  • Le compositeur associé au Cursus, Thierry De Mey  © Mikhail Malt
    Le compositeur associé au Cursus, Thierry De Mey © Mikhail Malt
  • Atelier improvisation et électronique en studio à l'Ircam  © Mikhail Malt
    Atelier improvisation et électronique en studio à l'Ircam © Mikhail Malt
  • Atelier improvisation et électronique en studio à l'Ircam  © Mikhail Malt
    Atelier improvisation et électronique en studio à l'Ircam © Mikhail Malt
  • Juliette Adam (clarinette) pour "fascia" de William Kuo, concert ManiFeste-2019  © Ircam-Centre Pompidou
    Juliette Adam (clarinette) pour "fascia" de William Kuo, concert ManiFeste-2019 © Ircam-Centre Pompidou
  • Sumiko Hara (viole de gambe), Matéo Lagière (danseur) pour "unbound explorations" de Konstantin Heuer, concert ManiFeste-2019  © Ircam-Centre Pompidou
    Sumiko Hara (viole de gambe), Matéo Lagière (danseur) pour "unbound explorations" de Konstantin Heuer, concert ManiFeste-2019 © Ircam-Centre Pompidou
  • Marie Albert et Pierre Lison (danse) pour "Ça va bien avec comment tu vis" de Mathieu Corajod, concert ManiFeste-2019  © Ircam-Centre Pompidou
    Marie Albert et Pierre Lison (danse) pour "Ça va bien avec comment tu vis" de Mathieu Corajod, concert ManiFeste-2019 © Ircam-Centre Pompidou
  • Cameron Crozman et deux danseurs du Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris  © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
    Cameron Crozman et deux danseurs du Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
  • Deux élèves du Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris  © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
    Deux élèves du Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
  • Thierry De Mey et Marco Liuni  © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
    Thierry De Mey et Marco Liuni © Quentin Chevrier, 2018

The 2019.20 Class

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Sofia Avramidou

Sofia Avramidou (Greece, b. 1988) is a graduate of the composition department at Aristotle University (Bachelor and Master’s degrees) with honors. She also holds a diploma from the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome, also with honors, where she ...
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Oren Boneh

Composer Oren Boneh (United States, b. 1991) writes music characterized by its energy and dynamism. Its foundation is made up of vastly contrasting characters, ranging from abrasive and mechanical to humorous and supple. The music plays with listener ...
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Kayla Cashetta

Kayla Cashetta (United States, b. 1991) is an American composer whose work revolves around the marriage of analog, digital, and acoustic instruments and practices. She was recently a winner of National Sawdust's inaugural Hildegard Competition (2018) i...
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Fernando Manassero

Fernando Manassero (Argentine, b. 1984) Fernando composes music for prepared instruments, amplified sound objects, and synthesizers. His work is characterized by its iridescent textures, densely populated by communities of small sound organisms. In thi...
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Maxime Mantovani

Maxime Mantovani (France, b. 1984) is a composer of mixed and electroacoustic music. He holds a Master’s degree in composition from the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Lyon under François Roux, as well as a degree in electron...
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Paul Ramage

Paul Ramage (France, b. 1986) is a violinist, improviser, and composer. He began his musical studies at the CRR de Cergy-Pontoise and, after obtaining his diploma of Musical Studies in violin, he entered Denis Dufour and Jonathan Prager’s composition c...
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Justina Repečkaitė

Justina Repečkaitė (Lithuania, b.1989) is based in Paris. Justina studied both in Lithuania and France where she discovered her passion for the late medieval culture that influences her music. Justina was an artist in residence at the Singer-Polignac F...
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Ko Sahara

Ko Sahara (Japan, b. 1989) studied composition at the Tokyo University of Music in the classes of Shin-Ichiro Ikebe, Keiko Harada, and Toshio Hosokawa. He continued his training at Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai) where he obtained a Master's degr...
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Claudia Jane Scroccaro

Claudia Jane Scroccaro (Italy, b. 1984) obtained her master’s degree in composition at the HMDK Stuttgart, studying composition and electronic music with Marco Stroppa, while attending masterclasses held by Philippe Leroux, Franck Bedrossian and Nicola...
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Antonio Tules

Antonio Tules (France, b. 1990) studied composition with Thierry Blondeau at the Conservatoire à rayonnement départemental d'Aulnay-sous-Bois, and in Strasbourg with Philippe Manoury, then Daniel D'Adamo and Tom Mays at the Académie supérieure de musiq...

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Apply to the Cursus Program

> The call for applications for the 2020.21 academic year will begin from September, 15 to November, 15 2019

Applicants

Applicants must be under 35 years old.
There are no applications fees

Calendar

Applications accepted from September, 15
Results are sent by email on December 2019

Apply online: ULYSSES Platform
Applicants must create an account (or use an existing account) on the ULYSSES platform, complete their profile, and click on “apply” on the Cursus call for applications 2020/2021 page.

Application File

Your dossier must include:

  • A copy of valid ID or passport
  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • The list of professional experiences and awards
  •  A cover letter
  • One or several letters of recommendation 
  • Three recent works, at least one with electronics (score, audio recording, video, etc.)
  •  The URL to download a patch for one of your compositions (Max or any other real-time software) from the platform of your choice. Remember to give a permanent URL that does not require a password.

For non-Francophone applicants: a copy of your TEF exam (level B2) or equivalent diploma or any other document proving an equivalent level of oral comprehension.

Conditions for Applicants and Selected Candidates 

10 places are available
Registration fees: 2,000€ (includes the Premium Individuel membership to the IRCAM Forum for 2 years) 
Deposit due before February 15, 2020: 600 euros
Applicants selected for the Cursus 2020/2021 program must confirm their participation in writing before January 15, 2020 and commit to take on any other professional engagements during the program (September 2020-June 2021). Classes are held at IRCAM from Monday through Friday, from 10am to 1pm and from 2:30 to 5:30pm. There are two weeks of vacation in December for the holidays.

Scholarships

IRCAM does not give out any scholarships or pay for any travel, but can assist you when looking for financial aid. The Cursus program is considered to be continued professional training.
Contact: cursus (@) ircam.fr

Applicants selected for the Cursus program have the possibility, upon request, to be housed at the Cité internationale des arts de Paris. They will have a studio/room throughout the program. Monthly housing fees are paid by the students.

Furthermore, applicants selected for the Cursus program signed up in the Sacem repertory are eligible for a scholarship. Contact the Sacem directly to request a dossier.