How to Apply

Nota Bene: Please read about our remote version of last year’s June in Buffalo 2021 at If the pandemic continues to prevent travel and cause unsafe conditions for gatherings, we will do something very similar. However, we are optimistic that we can have our festival in-person here at the University at Buffalo and plan on doing so.

Unlike festivals of past years, this year June in Buffalo will begin on a Tuesday and run from June 7 – 12. Our Senior composers will be Kevin Ernste, David Felder, David Liptak, Olivier Pasquet, and Chen Yi, and our resident ensembles will be the Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Signal, Slee Sinfonietta, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.  

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 their 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.
    • Ensemble Signal: fl, cl, perc, pno, vn, and vc (or subset of at least five).
    • Arditti Quartet: vn1, vn2, vla, and vc. 
    • Fixed Media: A work without performers, for fixed media or improvised electronics.
  4. A score of the recent work proposed in your proposal, and one or two scores that demonstrate your other recent compositions.
    • 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.
  5. A $25 non-refundable processing fee. Please pay online at the University at Buffalo marketplace at:

Application materials and processing fee must be received by April 4, 2022

Tuition and Housing Costs

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

Auditor Tuition: $400 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.

Unfortunately, on-campus housing is no longer available. Contact Rob Phillips at for a list of nearby hotels.

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.