In the same vein as the Artists-in-Residence (AiR) program, DPC initiated a proposal to start a Composer-in-Residence (CiR) program beginning in the fall of 2017. The CiR is an effective and natural addition to an already active music program, and it is our goal to have a continuous program in which local composers and sound artists can have their works performed in our beautiful historic sanctuary and chapel.
For a period of approximately 1 1/2 years (16 months), in a mutually agreed, non-stipendiary exchange with DPC, composers will work directly with church leadership to create music designed specifically for liturgy. In a composer’s first half of their first year, they will work with the previous year’s CiR; once comfortable, they will work independently the second half year; and in the third and final half year, they will help mentor the next CiR.
In exchange, DPC will provide the rehearsal and performance space, rehearsal time, and as needed and available, congregational musicians for rehearsals and performance of the compositions during a church service or event. There is also the opportunity for congregants to commission a liturgical piece from the composer beginning at a minimum of $500.
More details about the program can be read by downloading the CiR Program Description.
If you are a composer interested in the CiR program, please fill out our CiR interest form online or download the CiR interest form pdf, print, scan, and email to [email protected] or mail to Worship & Arts Committee, Downtown Presbyterian Church, 154 5th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37219.
If you are a congregant interested in commissioning a liturgical piece, please contact the Director of Music.
Current Composer(s) in Residence
As a composer, Eric Near has written music for orchestra, chamber groups, and church choirs. A fourth-generation musician, he has been surrounded by song since an early age. Eric studied music theory and composition at Marshall University, finishing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music in 2004. A multi-instrumentalist, Eric specializes in voice, brass, and keyboard instruments, and he maintains an interest in most other instruments. In 2011, Eric collaborated with the Nashville Composer’s Association in a concert of original works for accordion and orchestra, featuring composer, arranger and performer Jeff Lisenby.
In Nashville, Eric has served as a musician with the Nashville Symphony Chorus, Music City Community Chorus, New Cumberland Choir, First Presbyterian Church, and Downtown Presbyterian Church. From 2013 to 2015, Eric served as Music Director and pianist for the 10:55 family worship service at First Presbyterian Church, Nashville.