Any composer or interested person is eligible to apply regardless of age and nationality.

Requirements for Active Participation
Module 1 “Ensemble” and Module 2 “String Quartet” are the two categories of active participation in BCA19.
For a valid application, duly filled online application form, applicant’s music score(s) and further application materials are required to be electronically submitted until the application deadline (for details see Application Materials and Procedures below).
An applicant can apply with a minimum of one score or a maximum of two scores. The possible application variants are as follows:
(1) Submit one or two scores to a single module. Note that, by the same applicant, only one score may be selected for a single module.
2) Submit one score to each of the modules which makes a total of two scores. One or both may be selected. If both scores are selected, applicant may prefer to actively participate to the two modules simultaneously, for which two times the participation fee (see Tuition below) shall be payed. Alternatively, the applicant may chose one among the two modules.
– Duration of submitted work can be between 4 – 15 minutes.
– Submitted work could have been previously performed.
Submitted score can be that of an already finished work or a work-in-progress (ca. 2/3 to 3/4 finished) aimed to be reworked and completed during BCA19.
– Applicant shall agree that Bilkent University can, for the purpose of promotion and documentation, make audio and visual recordings and photographing of all BCA19 events including rehearsals and concerts. Without any fees, the applicant shall permit the publication of the score(s) and recording(s) of his/her work(s) that will be performed in BCA19 in online/electronic platforms such as BCA webpages, YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo, Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, etc.
Module 1 “Ensemble” Submitted work should be scored for 1 to 9 players drawn from the following instruments (except for string quartet) with or without conductor: flute (also picc, alto, bass), clarinet (also bass, contrabass), piano, percussion (see Percussion list for Module 1 “Ensemble” below), 2 violins, viola, cello and double bass.
Module 2 “String Quartet” Submitted work should be scored for a full string quartet.

Percussion List for Module 1 “Ensemble”
Marimba (E2-C7), Vibraphone, Xylophone, Glockenspiel (with pedal), Crotales (2 octave set with a separate pedal for each octave), Tubular Bells, Timpani, Big Bass Drum, Tam-Tam, Gong, Cymbals, Triangle, Cowbells, Temple Blocks, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Toms, Floor Tom, Hi-Hat, Bongos, Wind Chimes (metal).

Application Materials and Procedures
Online application form shall be duly filled and submitted until Friday, May 3rd, 2019 (23:59 GMT-4).
– CV of the applicant shall be uploaded during the online application.
– Score of submitted work in PDF shall be uploaded during the online application.
Duration of submitted work shall be indicated in the online application form.
– Sound/video recording of submitted work is optional. In that case, a link (from a streaming website such as YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, etc. or a file-sharing website such as DropBox, GoogleDrive, OneDrive, etc.) shall be provided in the online application form.
By clicking the corresponding checkbox in the online application form, applicant permits Bilkent University to audiovisually document all events of BCA19 and publish the results of this documentation as well as the score(s) and the recording(s) of his/her for BCA19 selected work(s) in online/electronic platforms such as BCA web-pages, YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo, Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, etc.

– Individual lesson with the resident professor of the attended module.
– Individual lessons with guest and home faculty members.
– Rehearsals and reworking of the own work with the resident ensemble.
– Live performance by the resident ensemble of the own work in a public concert.
– Eight nights stay (June 23rd to July 1st) in the Bilkent University dormitories.
– Professional recording of his/her BCA19 work.
– A personal composer’s profile for each active participant will be generated based on the audio-visual documentation during BCA19, to be published in academy web-pages and other online platforms.
– Access to all joint activities including rehearsals, masterclasses, workshops, seminars, panels, etc. and the public concerts.

Selection Committee
The shortlist of submitted scores will be determined by the visiting faculty member Mahir Cetiz (Columbia University, New York). Final selection of active participants will be made by resident composer and ensemble members of the corresponding module.

Notification of Active Participants – Submission of Parts – Payment of Tuition
Applicants selected for active participation will be notified around Saturday, May 11th, 2019.
– Instrumental parts of the selected works shall be submitted until Saturday, May 18th, 2019 (23:59 GMT+3).
The payment of academy tuition by active participants shall effectuate until Friday, May 24th, 2019 and an electronic copy of the bank receipt proving the transaction be e-mailed to BCA19 administration (see Contact with BCA below).

250 EUR or 1500 TRY
– Including room in the Bilkent University dormitories.
All fees are non-refundable except in case of emergencies.

Payment Info

Contact with BCA
For all your inquiries please e-mail to: