Composition at BUTI

As a composer at BUTI, you will be guided by faculty and guest artists with a wide range of aesthetic perspectives to refine your technique, grow as an artist, and develop your own personal voice. The program offers individualized and class instruction in a supportive environment.


Composition Fundamentals Workshop

June 19 – July 2, 2022 | Ages 14–19*

Please note: 2022 program dates, lengths, and locations subject to change due to extenuating circumstances.

The Composition Fundamentals Workshop (CFWS) is a two-week program exploring the art of music composition using the foundations of Western musical notation. Directed by composer and pianist Martin Amlin, this workshop welcomes aspiring composers ages 14-19 who demonstrate promise and dedication at early stages of their creative development. Through private instruction, group activities and classes, performance of students’ works, and interaction with guest artists, the program focuses on the fundamentals of composition and prepares students for the next stage of their artistic journey. Applicants should be familiar with Western musical notation and should possess basic competency on an instrument, including voice.
*The Composition Fundamentals Workshop is open to high school students who have not yet begun full-time college or conservatory study.

Application fees for this program will be waived. Applicants will receive a discount code at the time of submission.


Electroacoustic Composition Workshop

June 19 – July 2, 2022 | Ages 14–20

Please note: 2022 program dates, lengths, and locations subject to change due to extenuating circumstances.

The two-week Electroacoustic Composition Workshop (ECWS) introduces you to the world of interactive electronic music through intensive classes, private lessons, and scheduled personal work time. Through listening and musical analysis, you will explore the philosophy, history, and compositional procedure behind various genres of electronic music. ECWS is directed by Justin Casinghino, BU Lecturer in Music.


Young Artists Composition Program

July 3 – August 13, 2022 | Ages 14–19*

Please note: 2022 program dates, lengths, and locations subject to change due to extenuating circumstances.

The six-week Young Artists Composition Program (YACP) offers talented high school composers the unique opportunity to focus solely on exploring and refining their compositional skills. YACP is led by Martin Amlin, Senior Director and BU Professor of Music, and Justin Casinghino, Director and BU Lecturer in Music. *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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