As a part of our Music Composition program, you will be guided by world-renowned composers, teachers, and guest artists as you expand your knowledge of composition and grow as an artist. You will work in our state-of-the-art technology lab, have your new pieces performed, and receive professional recordings of your work.
The three-week composition program is an intensive experience designed for serious student composers. You will have private composition lessons twice a week with our faculty of professional working composers. Recent guests of the program include Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Grammy Award winner Libby Larsen, and orchestra, band, and dance composer John Mackey. The curriculum also includes daily courses that cover the following topics:
- Seminar in compositional techniques and issues
- Music theory class
- Orchestration class, in which students will learn how to score music for orchestra and band instruments
- Survey of concert music since 1900
- You will also have ample time to work in our state-of-the-art technology lab, with a focus on Finale and Sibelius notation software and skills. The lab also features Mac computers with MOTU Digital Performer running Native Instruments synthesis software. Students should also bring a laptop.
Faculty appointments for Arts Camp 2021 will be finalized in spring.