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John Adams Young Composers Program

John Adams Young Composers Program

Ages 12 to 18

When: September 11 to May 27

Tuition: $4165 per year

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.

Ages 12 to 18

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Student in class

John Adams Young Composers Program

Matthew Cmiel, Program Director

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.

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.

Course Description

September 11 to May 27

Group Seminar: Wednesdays, 5:30 to 7pm

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

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.

How to Enroll

Complete our online 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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