About the Next Up Series

Selection Process Overview

During the submission window, the Colburn School will review proposals for performances following the specified criteria. Programs will be selected from submitted proposals on a rolling basis by a committee composed of Colburn leadership, Artistic Administration, and the Alumni Office with feedback from our world-class faculty. Selected proposals will receive a stipend to support the performers and may be eligible for loans of recording equipment for project use, pending availability.

The selection process for the 2020–21 series has concluded, but you can review the submission criteria used for this cycle below. If you have any other questions regarding the series or submission process, please feel free to reach out to Michele Yamamoto, Manager of Alumni and Parent Relations.

All proposals must include the following elements:

1. Overview
  • A written description of the program and thematic or narrative considerations that were used to shape it
2. Program details
  • Primary alumni contact information: Name, unit, graduation year, email address, and phone number
  • All other performers, clearly identifying other alumni involved
  • Details of each piece to be performed (Composer, work, movement, etc.)
  • Estimated runtime (no longer than one hour)
  • Details of recording setup to be used
3. Project details
  • Estimated timeline from selection to submission of the final video
  • Unique considerations or challenges that this particular program or setup may encounter
  • Technological limitations
4. Promotional details
  • Provide any details you can about the promotional activity the primary contact or may provide
  • Provide any details you can about the promotional activity the other participating performers may provide (You may include a breakdown by performer)