John Adams Young Composers Program Workshop

John Adams Young Composers Program Workshop

Ages 10 to 18

When: July 11 to 21

Tuition: $1250

Registration fee: $25

Registration deadline: May 15

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, Director

Course Description

A note about COVID: Crowden’s summer programs are subject to change based on evolving public health guidelines. If programs must be cancelled due to COVID-related restrictions, Crowden will refund tuition payments.

In accordance with public health mandates from the City of Berkeley, all summer camp participants must provide proof of vaccination.

July 11 to 21
Monday through Thursday, 9:30am to 3pm

In this fun and creative workshop for young composers of all levels, students will compose a suite of miniatures for a solo instrument. Our accomplished faculty and guest artists provide guidance and feedback as participants refine their work. The camp culminates in a public performance of student works by  professional musicians.

Come create something! Beginners welcome.

Daily offerings include:

  • A class on composing material for solo instruments, examples of solo instrumental literature, and the art of musical miniatures.
  • A hands-on guide to the creative process, where students develop works together, in small groups, and individually within a single day.
  • An afternoon class where they will comment on, work with, and study each others’ music, and get feedback from the guest artists who will be performing their works.
  • Private lessons with one of our instructors.

Students will need:

  • An open mind and excited spirit!
  • A basic understanding and literacy of musical notation
  •  Music engraving software for their final project (free, student, or professional level software all acceptable)
  • Blank manuscript paper and writing utensils for work in class.
  • No previous composition experience required

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

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