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
Composers experienced conservatory-style living with a rigorous musical schedule and opportunities to perform with peers in an intimate, challenging and supportive learning environment. The three-week course featured personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. Students rehearsed and performed alongside their musical peers and select Curtis students through:

  • All Program Choir
  • Orchestra

Composition students were encouraged when possible to participate in additional opportunities as a member of the orchestra or other instrumental groups, playing piano, and in the all program choir.


Program Cost

  • Application Fee: $125
  • Tuition: $3175

Applications close 11:59 a.m. EST Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

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 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, Kiwanis, etc.); businesses; churches; and foundations.