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, including collaborative projects in other art forms and masterclasses with visiting guest composers.
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.
New prospective students should submit a completed registration form by the registration deadline. Crowden will contact registrants to schedule a placement interview.
Returning students need only to submit the registration form and payment by the deadline