John Adams Young Composers Program Workshop

John Adams Young Composers Program Workshop

Ages 10 to 18

When: July 6 to 16

Tuition: $1000 (Reduced for Summer 2020)

Registration fee: $25

Registration deadline: July 1

Crowden's John Adams 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.

Ages 10 to 18

Students in class


John Adams Young Composers Program Workshop

Matthew Cmiel, Program Director

Course Description

July 6 to 16, 2020
Monday through Thursday, 9am to 3pm

UPDATE: We are continuing camp as a modified virtual camp due to ongoing public health concerns. It will allow us to continue learning and sharing music safely. Camp dates will stay the same, but hours and tuition may be modified. More program details will be released as they become available.

Please contact Rachel Ahrenstorff, Summer Programs Coordinator with additional questions.


Weekly private composition lessons to be scheduled by mutual arrangement

This fun and creative workshop for young composers of all levels, students write a piece of chamber music for strings, with or without piano. Our accomplished faculty and guest artists provide guidance and feedback as participants hone their work. The camp culminates in a public performance of student works by professional musicians.

Daily classes include an exploration of traditional and contemporary chamber music, as well as discussions of composition techniques and instrument demonstrations. In addition, each student receives a weekly hour-long private lesson with our expert faculty.

Come create something! Beginners welcome.

Click here for fall or spring semesters in the John Adams Young Composers Program, available year-round!

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