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2015-16 Young Composers Project

There's a home for young composers at the Community Division.


Do you know a student in grades 7-12 who might be interested in:

      • Learning to express him/herself through music

      • Gaining a deeper understanding of how music works

      • Sharing his/her music with other students

      • Studying with active and enthusiastic mentor composers

      • Working with professional musicians

      • Hearing their music realized in live performance

If so, the Young Composers Project offers all those benefits and more!


What is the Young Composers Project (YCP)?

The Young Composers Project inspires students in grades 7 through 12 to express themselves creatively in music. This unique program is designed for students of all experience levels and aims to provide each student with the skills necessary to develop his or her own voice as a composer. The course of study found in YCP not only helps prepare students for future compositional work (such as collegiate study or a career in composition), it also deepens their understanding of music, allowing them to grow as performers and listeners.

Sample Compositions Written by YCP Participants


Class Meetings

YCP participants work in small groups with one of the faculty composers in one-hour classes running from October to May. The program is directed by Dr. Jessica Rudman, an accomplished composer and theorist.Ken Steen, Professor of Composition and Theory at The Hartt School and an active composer who creates music in a variety of genres and styles, serves as advisor.  

The small class size fosters a collaborative environment and allows students to spend a considerable amount of time on personal projects. Class time is typically divided between instruction on various compositional techniques and group discussion of the students' in-progress pieces. Participants also will learn to use relevant music software to communicate their musical ideas.  While students are welcome to use any software they prefer, this year we are able to offer each YCP participant one free Crescendo membership ($49 value) to the web-based notation program Noteflight.

The class times are dependent on student availability. We list a variety of potential class times on the registration materials, and students check off which times they can attend. 
We then place students into classes based on availability, experience level (though no experience is necessary), etc. Though we do not generally run all of possible class times listed on the registration form, we are generally able to place interested students into a class time that will work for them.

In addition to the regular class meetings, YCP also features a number of special activities for the students.  In the past, these have included a special reading/recording session in which advanced students performed each others' works, masterclasses with visiting composers, behind-the-scenes visits to rehearsals of local ensembles, and workshops with performers. 

For more information, please contact the Hartt Community Division at (860) 768-4451 or email Jessica Rudman at Rudman@hartford.edu he class times are dependent on student availability.  We list a variety of potential class times on the registration materials (which should be available in the next few weeks), and students check off which times they can attend.  We then place students into classes based on availability, experience level (though no experience is necessary), etc.  In the past, we have typically offered classes on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday evenings.  This year, we are offering those options as well as possible classes on Saturday mornings or Wednesday evenings.  Though we are not generally able to run all of the possible class times listed on the registration form, we are almost always able to place interested students into a class time that will work for them.

HICO Residency

Interacting with performers and hearing one's music realized by live performers is essential to growing as a composer, so YCP has partnered with the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra (hicorchestra.com) for an exciting new residency. YCP students will have the opportunity to participate in workshops with HICO musicians during the fall and winter, and a subset of the ensemble will be available to perform students' compositions at our annual final concert on May 10, 2016.


2015-16 Tuition

$495 per year
Tuition includes a one year subscription to NoteFlight ($50 value).


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