Composition majors learned from daily seminar classes, weekly lessons, and collaborations with instrumental teachers. The course offered participants a performance and recording of their work played by faculty, alumni, and current students from Curtis. The elements of the composition curriculum includde:

  • Daily seminar class featuring discussions about the past and future of composition; advice from performers about how to write for their instruments; and conversations about commissions, competitions, publishing, and other issues composers face today.
  • Private lessons weekly, with the opportunity to hear your works in progress.
  • A performance and recording of one of your works by Curtis musicians-unique to this program.

Composers ages 14 to 22 were welcome to apply.

Young Artist Summer Program - Composer
Composition students who play piano may be selected to accompany choir rehearsals or play in the orchestra.

Composition students participate in the all-program choir. Composition students will not be assigned to chamber ensembles or four-hand duos.

Composition students who play orchestral instruments at a proficient level are encouraged to participate as a member of the orchestra when opportunities are available.


Program Cost 2016

  • Application Fee: $65 / $125*
  • Tuition: $3,270
  • Housing and Dining: $2,380
  • Commuter Meal Plan: $700

*Application fee: $65 before 11:59 a.m. EST on January 29, 2016; $125 (January 29–April 29).
Applications close Friday, April 29, 2016 at 11:59 a.m. EST.

Monday—Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning Choir Rehearsal Sound Check Individual Composing Time
Lesson/Individual Composing Time Warm-up Individual Composing Time
Afternoon Composition Seminar Master Class Free Time: Excursion
Lesson/Orchestra Sectionals Student Recital Free Time: Excursion
Theory Class Warm-up Free Time: Excursion
Orchestra Rehearsal Student Recital Score Study for Orchestra

Check-in: Sunday, July 19 between 3—6 p.m. Mandatory Orientation: Sunday, July 19 from 6—9 p.m.
Check-out: Saturday, August 8 between 8—11 a.m.
*Schedule is subject to change.

Financial assistance for Curtis Summerfest in 2015 is awarded based on financial need, and ranges from partial to full tuition. Applicants who wish to be considered for financial assistance are required to submit their applications for the program by January 29, 2016. Those who are accepted into the program will receive notification of their awards by e-mail.
If you wish to be considered for financial assistance, please contact for a financial assistance application.