Experience a rigorous conservatory schedule in an intimate, challenging, and supportive environment. This three-week course features personalized attention from a distinguished faculty.

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.

The chamber work performed by the Curtis Summerfest faculty is written by composition participants before the start of the program. Accepted composition participants are sent specific options for instrumentation. Composers submit scores 1-2 weeks in advance of arrival. This chamber work will be performed by Summerfest faculty during the composition recitals in the second and third week of the program. Additional works written during the program may be seen by composition faculty during lessons and seminar, and workshopped by peers.

  • All-program choir
  • Orchestral score study

 

Composers aged 14 to 22 who have studied privately are welcome to apply.

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Program Cost 2017

  • Application Fee: $65 / $125*
  • Tuition: $3,370
  • Housing and Dining: $2,487

*Application fee: $65 before 11:59 a.m. EST on January 31, 2017; $125 (January 31–March 31).
Applications close Friday, March 31, 2017 at 11:59 a.m. EST.

Monday—Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning Choir Rehearsal  Composition Recital Performance class
Musical Studies class/Lessons/Individual composition time Chamber recital sound check Master class
Afternoon Composition Seminar Community meeting Free Time: Excursion
Master classes/Composition recital rehearsals Attend Chamber Recital Free Time: Excursion
Evening
Score study (attend orchestra rehearsal) AttendOrchestra Recital Score Study

All participants check-in: Sunday, July 16 between 3—6 p.m.
Mandatory Orientation: Sunday, July 16 from 7—9 p.m.
Check-out: Saturday, August 5 at 5 p.m.

Please visit the schedule page for more detail and updates.
*Schedule is subject to change.

Limited financial assistance is available for the Young Artist Summer Program in 2017. Applicants who wish to be considered for financial assistance are required to submit their applications for the program by January 27, 2017. Those who are accepted to the program will receive notification of any awards by e-mail.

If you wish to be considered for financial assistance, please contact summerfest@curtis.edu for a simple financial assistance application. You will be required to upload this completed PDF document during the application process.

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.