Young Artists Composition Program

Ages 14 – 18

The Young Artists Composition Program offers talented high school composers the opportunity to focus for six weeks solely on exploring and refining their compositional skills. The musically challenging and stimulating environment includes exposure to all Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts and the resources of the Tanglewood Music Center. Widely respected composer, teacher, and pianist Martin Amlin directs the program.

Student composers attend daily classes in analysis, score-reading, and compositional techniques. Weekly private lessons are enhanced by classes in music theory and aural skills. Each week, composers write pieces for a small ensemble; these pieces are read and recorded at the end of the week, providing the students with a valuable archive and learning tool. The BUTI Young Artists Orchestra also has a reading session of composers’ works. A full evening concert showcases pieces composed during the summer. Additional performance opportunities are available in chamber music and through other BUTI programs.

Students attend rehearsals and performances of the Festival of Contemporary Music at the Tanglewood Music Center and meet visiting composers throughout the summer — a priceless opportunity to hear firsthand the latest thoughts of some of the world’s leading composers. Recent guests include John Harbison, David Del Tredici, Michael Gandolfi, Nico Muhly, Marti Epstein, Richard Cornell, Joshua Fineberg, Jonathan Newman, and Elliott Carter. Special events are also arranged with the Composition Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center. These opportunities during the course of six intensive weeks are unique among summer music programs for high school student composers.