…challenging talented musicians to

transform their performance,

expand expressions of creativity,

and increase their musical literacy.

Junior Composers Summer Programs is a non-profit organization in Minnesota providing music composition instruction to young composers ages 14-20 and a 4.5 day Teacher Training Institute for music educators and musicians. Our classes are held at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in July. Students from across the United States come to Minneapolis to spend time improvising, composing, performing and building relationships with professional composers and musicians.

Eli Kaplan Memorial Scholarship sticky icon

JCSP and the Eli Kaplan family would like to announce a new giving opportunity through a memorial scholarship fund.

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Avivo workshop held in conjunction                                                        with Junior Composers Summer Programs

Avivo held its third Teacher Training Institute July 11-12 at the University of Minnesota in Mi

Reflections on JCSP 2016: "It was the best week of the year" sticky icon

What do Call of the Birds, Panic Attack, Lens Distort, It’s Going to be Okay, and The Journey Home have in common? These are some of the titles of new music created in just one week at the Junior Composers Summer Programs and featured in a Final Salon on July 23. Thirty-two students from around the U.S.

Minnesota Public Radio features Junior Composers sticky icon

Junior Composers Summer Programs was featured in an article on Minnesota Public Radio's website.   Daniel Nass interviewed Catherine ​Besonen (JCSP treasurer) ​and Pat Steege (Administrative Director).

We are excited by MPR's interest in JCSP and thankful for their support of our students over the years, through programs like Minnesota Varsity.

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