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

  • 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 are 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.

Read about the short percussion assignment for composers at the Young Artist Summer Program 2015.


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 17 between 3—6 p.m. Mandatory Orientation: Sunday, July 17 from 6—9 p.m.
Check-out: Saturday, August 6 at 5 p.m.
*Schedule is subject to change.

Financial assistance applications are now closed. Students and parents are urged to seek financial assistance from local sources such as school music organizations; county, state, or national music education organizations; youth orchestras and bands; music clubs; service clubs (Rotary, Kiwanas, etc.); businesses; local churches; and foundations.

Visit this blog post to see an example of past participant’s fundraising.

Musicians who reside in Canada are invited to apply for the Council for Canadian American Relationship Cross-Border Summer Scholarship, which covers tuition, housing and dining for those who might not otherwise have the financial resources to participate. Applicants who wish to be considered for financial assistance are required to submit their applications for the program by January 29, 2016. One Canadian applicant from those who are accepted into the program will receive notification of this award by e-mail. If you wish to be considered for this scholarship, contact for a financial assistance application.