In each session of every summer, the New York Summer Music Festival offers a comprehensive two-week composition
workshop for young composers.
The program focuses on writing concert music and the performance of new works,
as well as computer music notation, orchestration, and discussion
of contemporary music.
The Composition Workshop also includes advanced music courses, composition classes,
and private lessons.
A recorded concert featuring composition students’ works will take place at the conclusion of each two-week session.
COMPOSITION WORKSHOP: FEATURES
The composition program includes the following:
- Daily composition workshop, plus classes in Counterpoint and Orchestration/Arranging.
- Weekly 1-hour private composition lessons
- Professional level readings and performances of students’ concert works by NYSMF faculty and staff.
- Access to NYSMF’s computer facilities, equipped with Sibelius composition software. If you prefer
to use your own computer, you may bring it and connect in the labs
- Opportunities to participate in all other NYSMF programs, classes, ensembles,
- Offered during all three sessions each summer!
Pieces must be composed before arrival and may be scored for up to four instruments.
Any combination of 1 of each of the following instruments is acceptable:
flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion.
APPLYING TO THE COMPOSITION WORKSHOP
Please follow these directions to apply to the NYSMF Composition Workshop:
- Complete the NYSMF Online Application Form and pay the Application Fee.
Have a Teacher Recommendation sent to us via email or fax.
In an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, send all of the required additional application materials at once.
- Enter "COMPOSITION PROGRAM APPLICATION" in the "GENERAL NOTES" box in section 1 of the Online Application.
- 1 to 3 PDF scores of recently written music that you feel best demonstrate your abilities as a
- Links of recordings of these scores uploaded to YouTube (or other filesharing server). Live performances are preferred, but MIDI realizations are acceptable.
- Short Essay (300 words of less) describing what you would like to work on and study at NYSMF.
- List/Resume of teachers, performances, professional recognition.
- Optional, but strongly recommended:
- Additional background information
- Letter of recommendation from a composition instructor
IMPORTANT NOTES FOR COMPOSITION PROGRAM APPLICANTS