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Junior Composers Institute

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Which one is right for you?
There are a number of things that make composers and songwriters different from each other even though they use many of the same creative and musical skills. Junior Composers now offers great instruction for you whether you have been composing for years or are just starting out. 

Here is what you can expect if you attend the Institute:

  • Composition instruction
  • 2-hours of daily music theory/ear-training
  • Compose and perform new compositions
  • Daily “salons” with guest artists
  • Field trips to exciting music locations in the Twin Cities
  • Multiple practice rooms
  • Room and board



Junior Composers Institute: July 16-22, 2017

  A week-long residential summer music camp for students, age 14-20, who want to explore music composition. Limited to 20 students.

 Core features: three composition tutorials; 2 hours of daily music theory/ear-training; readings of new pieces by a guest choral ensemble; student premieres; performance in at least one other new work; and daily salons with guest artists; and field trips.


2017 Junior Composers: Words+Music

Call for Scores

In preparation for our 2017 summer programs, we are formally inviting our students to compose a piece for SATB choir. These pieces should be 2-4 minutes in length and should be submitted electronically to Seth Custer ( no later than May 30, 2017.  We are excited to announce that conductor Philip Brunelle and VocalEssence will be our special guest artists. Selected choral works will be read by members of VocalEssence at the 2017 Junior Composers Summer Programs.   Click here for more details.

To find out more about VocalEssence, please visit their website, .


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