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I-Park Foundation

I-Park Is Accepting Applications for Composers + Musicians Collaborative Residency

This is an I-Park Special Program, distinct from its multi-disciplinary General Residency Program.

Composers interested in creating a new work for reed quintet are encouraged to apply. You and four other composers will share the two-week onsite residency with the Akropolis Reed Quintet. Founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan, Akropolis has toured internationally and is the recipient of six national chamber music prizes. Akropolis has recorded three albums, including its 2017 release, The Space Between Us.

Selected composers will be asked to submit, 2-3 weeks prior to the residency, a new piece written specifically for this particular instrumentation. The residency will be spent in daily, intensive readings and workshops with the musicians and other composers. The musicians will be responsive to the composers’ suggestions and vice versa. This exchange will result in works being shaped, in some cases transformed, by this intense collaboration – and the works will inevitably be brought to a refined state of concert-readiness. The program will culminate with a pair of concerts, one in Connecticut and the final one in New York City.

The residency is fully funded and includes a private room, a meal program, a studio recording of their new work and a $1,000 stipend. Applications are due February 19, 2018. Details and application forms are available at


East Haddam, Connecticut: United States

Located approximately 2 hours from Boston and 2½ hours from New York City, I-Park is a 450-acre woodland retreat in rural East Haddam, Connecticut. The property consists of ponds, hills, streams, stone outcroppings and sheer cliffs. It has wild fields and new growth forest as well as miles of stone walls and walking trails. The property is bisected by the Eightmile River and adjoins the Devil's Hopyard State Park and other preserved tracts. The land has a wild, gnarly character that suits I-Park's role as a refuge from and recourse to the safe routines and subtle compromises of the workaday world.


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Artists must be over the age of 21.

  • Application deadline: February 19

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    Accommodations include comfortable private living quarters in a remodeled 1850’s farmhouse, shared bathroom facilities (2/bathroom), towels and linens, housekeeping service, shared cooking/kitchen facilities.
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
    Food program provided, including chef-prepared dinners 4 nights per week. Cooking/kitchen facilities are also available for residents.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    The Common Area, 2 of the bedrooms (and associated bathroom) in the residence facility and 4 of the studios are wheelchair accessible.
  • Studios/special equipment: Music studio (non-recording)
  • Other facilities and services: Common Area/meeting space and modest library for residents’ use; laundry facilities on-site; 2 PC's; wireless internet available throughout most of the facility. Organization provides a weekly shopping trip into town and initial pickup at local airports and train/bus stations. Smoking permitted outdoors only.

Residency Fees

Except for a $30 application fee, the program is offered free of charge.

Stipends / other support

Composers will have extensive access to the Akropolis chamber ensemble during the residency, will have their works premiered in New York City and Connecticut, will receive a studio recording of their compositions and a $1,000 stipend.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Composers are expected to be actively engaged in the activities of the residency and to be physically present for the concerts at the end of the residency. They agree to share their ideas and work product, exclusive of their copyrights, with the ensemble and the I-Park Foundation. They agree to have their works performed at the scheduled concerts, to cooperate in the creation of the documentation of the residency, including the studio recordings, and to allow its free dissemination by the non-profit Akropolis ensemble and the non-profit I-Park Foundation for promotional and fundraising purposes. They also agree to complete a program evaluation form at the end of the residency.

Contact Information

P. O. Box 428
East Haddam, Connecticut 06423
United States
Tel: (860) 873-2468