John Adams Young Composers Program
Matthew Cmiel, Program Director
With a diverse faculty of professional composers who are dedicated, gifted teachers, and a rich network of professional musicians and ensembles, the John Adams Young Composers Program is uniquely poised to offer a launching pad for artistic expression that is grounded in disciplined work, expert individual guidance and real-world experience.
Each semester, students work with private instructors on pieces for a specific instrumental combination. A professional performing ensemble previews their rough drafts and offers written and recorded feedback on their pieces. Students revise and complete their works prior to attending final rehearsals with the ensemble. Each semester culminates in a public recital at Crowden. Additional performance opportunities are extended to student composers as they become ready to take them on.
In addition to weekly private lessons, students participate in weekly group seminars with program faculty, and attend master classes with visiting artists. Topics include musicianship, ear training, score analysis, specific instrumental techniques, and student critiques.
Performing ensembles are selected to cycle through the families of orchestral instruments over time, and present the unique challenges of composing for each in different combinations.
Established local and internationally recognized artists and ensembles share their expertise in a collaborative atmosphere of lecture-demonstrations, rehearsals, and performance.
Spring: January 25–May 24 (no class February 22, April 5)
Individual private composition lessons scheduled weekly by mutual arrangement with instructor
Level 1: Ages 8–12
Level I Workshop: Wednesdays, 4:30–5:30pm with instructor
Level 2: Ages 13–18
Level II Workshop: Wednesdays, 5:30–7:00pm with instructor
Summer Workshop: Ages 13–18
Summer: Monday–Friday, June 26–July 20 (no class July 4)
New prospective students who would like to enroll should submit an original notated musical composition along with their registration forms. Acceptance into the program and faculty assignment will be based on a placement interview with the director of the John Adams Young Composers Program.
How to Enroll
New prospective students should register online using the link below, and submit an original notated musical composition to Crowden. Scores may be submitted via email to email@example.com, or via mail to1475 Rose Street, Berkeley, CA 94702. Acceptance into the program and faculty assignment will be based on a placement interview with the director of the John Adams Young Composers Program.