Composition Program

June 22 - August 3, 2019 (6-week program)
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Please check back in November to apply for the 2019 Festival!

Instruments used in this program:

Program Overview

The Composition Program gives participants access to distinguished composers, concerts, and masterclasses while affording each participant ample time to compose in a relaxed environment.

Participants work with composer-in-residence Derek Bermel, John Harbison, and other guest composers in both group and individual settings. The program culminates in a performance of at least one work by each participant. The Festival will assist in assembling colleagues from within the Festival to perform a selected work in the Artists of Tomorrow concert series.

Composition alumni are represented throughout the world and include Sebastian Currier, Vivian Fung, Sean Friar, Derek Bermel, and many others.

Composer lectures present opportunities to learn about and experience the creative process of working composers. These distinguished composers will discuss aspects of their music and inspirations and then accept questions from the audience.


Festival attendance gives participants an unprecedented opportunity to advance their skills through the following opportunities:

application requirements

Scores and Recordings

Two original scores in PDF format and recordings of each of the scores. MIDI realizations are acceptable. Files may be uploaded or linked from youtube or vimeo.

Resident Assistant

If you would like to be considered for a resident assistant (RA) position, you must complete the RA portion of the application.

Letter of Recommendation

You will need to provide your recommenders email address. Please tell them to expect an email from SlideRoom requesting an electronic submission of your recommendation.

Financial Assistance

If you would like to be considered for financial assistance from the Festival, you must complete the financial assistance section of the application.

Application Fee

Non-refundable application fee

  • $79 on or before 11:59 pm EST on January 21, 2019
  • $149 after 11:59 pm EST on January 21, 2019