Composition at BUTI

Electroacoustic Composition Workshop

Two Weeks: June 17-30, 2018 | Ages 14–20

The two-week Electroacoustic Composition Workshop (ECWS), under the direction of Justin Casinghino, will serve as a platform for students to dive into the world of fixed media and interactive electronic music.

This introductory level course in electronic music will consist of interactive classes, private lessons, and scheduled personal work time with the electronic music studio equipment and will explore the philosophy, history, and compositional procedure behind various genres of electronic music. Students will also receive individual feedback from the director, their peers, and in guest artist master classes. As a final project, students will compose a multi-channel fixed media work, and the workshop will culminate in a concert-exhibition featuring a surround-sound presentation of these final projects. Course topics to include:

  • Audio and recording manipulation
  • Surround sound mixing
  • Experimentation with digital instruments
  • DAW platforms
  • Understanding the nature of sound
  • Creating and composing with computer manipulated sound
  • Recording and microphone techniques
  • Studio and live diffusion mixing techniques
  • Aesthetics in electronic music
  • Historically important works in the genre
  • 2 hours of transferable Boston University course credit

Admitted students will be required to bring a personal laptop computer for working time and to complete assignments. Compositional techniques will be taught from a multi-platform bias, allowing students to continue work regardless of individual system types. Primary studio software includes Logic Pro and Max/MSP.


Young Artists Composition Program

Six Weeks: July 1-August 11, 2018 | Ages 14–19*

Directed by Boston University Professor, ASCAP composer, teacher and pianist Martin Amlin, with Associate Director Justin Casinghino, the Young Artists Composition Program (YACP) offers talented high school composers the unique opportunity to focus for six weeks solely on exploring and refining their compositional skills. *The Young Artists Composition Program is open to high school students who have not yet begun full-time college or conservatory study.

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  • Two private lessons per week
  • Daily classes in analysis, score-reading, theory, and compositional techniques
  • Small ensemble composition projects with weekly readings/recordings by BUTI students and faculty
  • Full orchestral reading/recording with the BUTI Young Artists Orchestra
  • Concert showcasing pieces written during the summer performed by BUTI students and faculty
  • Master classes with some of the world’s most esteemed music professionals (past visits and classes include John Harbison, David Del Tredici, Michael Gandolfi, Nico Muhly, Joan Tower, Richard Cornell, Joshua Fineberg, and Jonathan Newman)
  • Access to Festival of Contemporary Music rehearsals and performances
  • Access to all Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Center concerts, as many as 15 events a week
  • 6 hours of transferable Boston University course credit


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