Carlsbad Music Festival

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Country and Region United StatesCalifornia
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Carlsbad; Los Angeles; and San Diego, California USA
Festival Contact Information

Carlsbad Music Festival
P. O. Box 4067
Carlsbad, CA 92018 USA
Phone: (01) 760-809-5501

Festival Description

The Carlsbad Music Festival is an annual alternative classical music festival featuring the next generation of cutting-edge, world-class musicians premiering new works and performing fresh and compelling music in concert and in the community. The annual festival brings together some of the country’s most talented young performers and composers, all with a keen sense of musical adventure, for our most exciting season yet.

The Carlsbad Music Festival was founded in 2003 by composer, Matt McBane for its first festival in the spring of 2004. It has since received great press and drawn large and enthusiastic audiences to its concerts in the coastal California city of Carlsbad.

Festival Dates September 20 - 22, 2013
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Festival Events:

Composition Competition 2013:
  • The Carlsbad Music Festival, in partnership with ArtPower at UC San Diego, announces its eighth annual Composition Competition with a prize of $3,000 to write a new piece for MacArthur “Genius” Grant winner and Artistic Director of ICE, flutist Claire Chase. The winning composition will be premiered by Chase at the 10th annual Carlsbad Music Festival in September 2013. Claire Chase is active as a soloist, collaborative artist, curator and arts entrepreneur. Over the past decade Claire has given the world premieres of more than 100 new works for solo flute, many of them tailor-made for her, and she has produced and curated more than 500 concerts of contemporary music. Claire founded the International Contemporary Ensemble in 2001 and has served as ICE’s executive director since its inception. In 2012, Claire was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in recognition of her dedication to modern music.
  • The deadline for applications is April 5, 2013. Those interested in applying can find the information and application at


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