John Adams Young Composers Program Workshop

John Adams Young Composers Program Workshop

Ages 10 to 18

When: July 12 to 22

Tuition: $1200

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

Danny Clay, 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.

Read Crowden's Summer 2021 COVID-19 Handbook here

July 12 to 22
Monday through Thursday, 9am to 3pm

Join us online this summer! In this fun and creative workshop for young composers of all levels, students will compose a suite of notated 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!

Daily offerings take place remotely via Zoom, and include:

  • A class on composing material for solo instruments, examples of solo instrumental literature, and the art of musical miniatures.
  • A hands-on composition “boot camp” in which participants are given a creative music-writing challenge to complete during the day.
  • A mid-day break to work on the daily assignment.
  •  An afternoon masterclass where students share their daily progress and review theirscores with a professional musician.

Students will need:

  • A basic understanding and literacy of musical notation
  •  Internet access and Zoom.
  •  Music engraving software (Finale, Sibelius, Musescore, etc.) *OR,* if writing music by hand, a way to digitize your music for live screen-sharing on Zoom.

No compositional experience is necessary, but familiarity with reading and writing music notation is highly encouraged. Applicants who are new to the program will be scheduled for a brief placement interview upon receipt of application.

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

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