Young Composers Project: Summer Edition at The Hartt School Community Division
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Young Composers Project: Summer Edition

August 6-10, 2018

For students in grades 7–12, or homeschool equivalents, including those entering 7th grade and seniors who have just graduated

Young Composers Project: Summer Edition studentsThe Young Composers Project (YCP) Summer Edition is a five-day intensive workshop for students interested in writing music. Each year focuses on a different musical topic, and this year’s theme will be “Composing for the Big Screen.” Students will be given instruction on composition techniques, approaches to scoring films, and the use of relevant software to create electronic scores. Participants will work in small groups and one-on-one with YCP Director Jessica Rudman to develop scores for film scenes over the course of the week, and their compositions will be presented in a showcase on the final day.

The YCP Summer Edition is for students with interest in

  • creating music for movies or TV
  • working with computer software to create electronic music
  • learning to express themselves through music
  • gaining a deeper understanding of how music works
  • sharing their music with other students
  • studying with active and enthusiastic mentor composers

Young Composers Project: Summer Edition student composerYCP Summer Edition is designed for students both with and without any prior composing experience. New students will gain a foundation in composing, while more experienced students will improve their compositional technique and deepen their knowledge of music. This year students will be split into two sections for new and returning students.

Tuition: $775 per student.
Registration fee: $25
Registration deadline: July 9, 2018. Early registration is encouraged, course enrollment is limited.

Works Composed by YCP Summer Students

The following pieces were composed during the 2016 YCP Summer Edition. The 2016 theme was “Art Song,” and the compositions feature a solo singer and piano. The theme for YCP Summer changes each year, so the recordings below may feature different performing forces than are available this year. See above for a description of this year’s theme.

For more information, please contact HCD at 860.768.4451 or email Jessica Rudman at