How to Apply

Nota Bene: Please read about our remote version of last year’s June in Buffalo 2020 at the June in Buffalo website. If the pandemic continues to prevent travel and cause unsafe conditions for gatherings, we will do something very similar.

This year's senior composers include: David Felder, Jeffrey Mumford, Hilda Paredes, Robert HP Platz, ​Stefano Gervasoni, and Augusta Read Thomas

To apply, please fill out the text entry boxes below which include your first and last name, email address, institutional affiliation, and recommender. Then, upload a URL link to download a zip file containing:

  1. A résumé or curriculum vitae detailing your education, experience, and creative activity.
  2. A letter of reference from someone acquainted with your current compositional activity. Please have your recommender email the recommendation letter directly to Robert Phillips at
  3. One or two proposals requesting the performance of a recent work for:
    • Slee Sinfonietta, large group, a work for nine instruments or less of the following: sop, fl, ob, cl, bn, hn, perc1, perc2, gtr, pno, vn1, vn2, vla, vc, and cb.
    • Slee Sinfonietta, small group, an unconducted work for three or less of the instruments above.
    • Loadbang: bar, cl, tpt, and tbn (or subset).
    • Ensemble Signal: fl, cl, perc, pno, vn, vla, and vc (or subset).
    • Arditti Quartet: vn1, vn2, vla, and vc. 
  4. A score of the recent work proposed in your proposal, and one or two scores that demonstrate your other recent compositions.
  5. A $25 non-refundable processing fee. Checks or money orders should be made payable to: University at Buffalo Foundation. Foreign applicants must pay by international money order in US currency. Do not send cash. Unfortunately, we cannot accept electronic payments, only checks and money orders. Please send to:

June in Buffalo
220 Baird Hall
Department of Music
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260

Application materials and processing fee must be received by Monday, February 8, 2021.

Proposals with electronics or multimedia will be considered. Included with the proposal should be a brief description of the work that includes length, full instrumentation, and any technical requirements.  Proposals for works in progress will be considered. A portion of the score plus the description listed above must be included with application materials for in-progress works.

Tuition and Housing Costs

Participant Tuition: $800 if in-person, $400 if we must have a remote festival because of the pandemic.

Auditor Tuition: $375 if in-person, $150 if remote (auditors have access to the private lectures, online concerts, and may sit in on the masterclasses without sharing their work). To apply as an auditor please upload a CV and send the processing fee.

On-campus Housing (optional): $350

On-campus housing includes one single occupancy room for seven nights. Checking in on Sunday, June 6, and checking out Sunday, June 13, 2021.  Food is not included.

Regrettably, scholarship assistance is unavailable.

For general information, contact Robert Phillips:

telephone: (716) 645-0624
fax: (716) 645-3824


*Please provide a link to a shared cloud storage folder through a service such as Box, DropBox, or Google Drive that contains: your proposal, your CV, and up to three recent scores.