John Adams Young Composers Program

Ages 12–18

Matthew Cmiel, Program Director

The Young Composers Program was founded in honor of Pulitzer Prize-winning compoer John Adams, who has a long association with Crowden, on the occasion of his 60th birthday. The heart of our mission is to guide and mentor our students through the formative stages of their creative growth as composers. 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.

Crowden cultivates students' original voices in the John Adams Young Composers Program

This hands-on program guides young composers in the creative process. Each week, students participate in both a group seminar and individual lesson. Accomplished faculty guide students in developing their composition techniques, exploring musical examples, critical listening, and score analysis.

Each semester culminates in a public performance of student works by professional performing ensembles. Additional performance opportunities are extended to student composers as they become ready to take them on, including collaborative projects in other art forms and masterclasses with visiting guest composers.

Ages 12–18
September 11–May 27
Tuition: $4,165 per year

Group Seminar: Wednesdays, 5:30–7pm

Individual private composition lessons scheduled weekly by mutual arrangement with instructor.

How to Enroll

Submit a completed registration form to Crowden before August 15, 2019. Crowden will contact registrants to schedule a placement interview with the Program Director. Mid-year applicants are welcome as space permits.


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The Young Composers program was founded in honor of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams, who has a long association with Crowden, on the occasion of his 60th birthday.
The heart of our mission is to guide and mentor our students through the formative stages of their creative growth as composers.