About Us

Junior Composers Summer Programs (JCSP) challenge talented music students to transform their performance and creativity into a fuller expression of themselves.  Music theory and composition are put into practice with student-led music-making in partnership with outstanding professional artists.

Since 2002, students from nationwide have attended our residential summer camps for composers, age 14-20.  JCSP is sponsored by the North Central Region of the National Federation Club.

JCSP are programs for students desiring to develop their music composition talents. Under the mentoring of our professional faculty, students are expected to compose at least one work during each week of their given program. Each new work is later presented in a live salon performance at the end of each week. 

All of our programs are held at Ferguson Hall, home to the University of Minnesota's School of Music (Minneapolis).  Ferguson Hall is a state-of-the-art facility with wireless internet access, a music technology lab with 14 work stations (equipped with Sibelius and Finale notation software), 70 security-monitored practice rooms, four small ensemble and three large ensemble rehearsal rooms, the Ultan Recital Hall, and "smart" classrooms.


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Seth Custer General DirectorStudio and Composers Institute Faculty
Email: sacuster@hotmail.com
American Composers Forum page
Composer website

  • Head teacher, Studio and Institute
  • Planning music theory instruction
  • Online music theory assessment
  • Soprano and alto saxophone

Randall Davidson Studio and Composers Institute Faculty
American Composers Forum page
Composer website

  • Planning
  • Student, faculty, staff and artist recruitment
  • Fund-raising
  • Board relations
  • Cello

Sarah Miller Composers Institute Faculty
Email: dodecaphon@aol.com
Facebook profile

  • Composition tutorials
  • Music theory instruction
  • Piano

Eric Radloff, Songwriter Faculty


Moriah Custer

  • Teaching assistant
  • Shadow the composers schedule
  • Piano, harp

Yue Lor

  • Teaching assistant
  • Shadow the composers schedule
  • Recording and technology
  • Clarinet

 Administrative Staff

Pat SteegeCo-Administrative Director
 Email: psteege@mjssecurity.com

  • Leadership team
  • Fundraising
  • General administration

Emily Custer, Co-Administrative Director
Email: custerpianist@yahoo.com  

  • Leadership team
  • General administration
  • Counselor, theory teacher
  • Soprano voice, piano, violin

Sharon Kaplan, Workshop and Studio Staff 
Email: sharon@weopleland.com

  • Leadership team
  • Workshop and Studio supervisor
  • Festival program publications

Laura Kloeckl, Registrar
Email: lkloeckl12@gmail.com

  • Registrations
  • Institute operations

Catherine Besonen, Treasurer

  • Finance, budgeting
  • Fundraising
  • 612-247-0955


Sharon Wesbrook EVERYEAR coordinator
Email: sharonw@arvig.net

  • Alumni relations
  • EVERYEAR contact


Board of Directors for Junior Composers Summer Camp Programs

Dr. Seth Custer, General Director
Pat Steege, Co-Administrative Director
Emily Custer, Co-Administrative Director
Catherine Besonen, Treasurer
Heidi Hong, Secretary
Lucinda Lear, Sharon Wesbrook, Lori Jessen: committee members from NCR states


Board of Directors of North Central Region (NCR)

Karen Bourne, NFMC Vice President of North Central Region
Sarah Twedt, Treasurer of North Central Region
State Federation Presidents of North Central Region



Gloria Lien ex officio (Phoenix, AZ)
Odee Maier ex officio (Fargo, ND)


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