Summer at Cornish

Composition Intensive



July 13 –July 18, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 9:00am – 4:00pm


Kerry Hall 218, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA


The price of this course is $450.00

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Course Description

This five-day intensive is designed for composers, ages 15-19, seeking to develop their skills composing for acoustic instruments, specifically mixed chamber ensembles. The course will consist of master classes in the mornings, and composition seminars and individual composing/scoring tutorials in the afternoons, for a total of six hours each day. The workshop will focus on the essentials of the composing process, including: how to determine which ideas to develop, how to discover one's natural musical impulses. Students will:

Further their technical composition and scoring skills

Compose a new piece scored for acoustic instruments

Hear their work played by an ensemble comprised of professional musicians 

Cornish composition professor Janice Giteck will be joined by a faculty ensemble to help demonstrate scoring techniques and to perform all of the students's compositions. Faculty members will demonstrate the ins and outs of their instruments, including the contemporary techniques available to composers. Students will use the week to compose a piece, which will then be rehearsed and performed in concert at the end of the week. Family and friends are encouraged to attend.

Who should enroll?

Students, ages 15-19, with a basic facility for composition and who can already notate music for acoustic instruments.

Daily Schedule

Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm with a break for lunch, and a concluding performance scheduled for Saturday, July 18 at 1:00pm in PONCHO Concert Hall on the Cornish campus.  

Audition Requirements

Open for enrollment to students ages 15-19 with a basic facility for composition and who can already notate music for acoustic instruments.

Requirements & Availability

  • Ages
    15 - 19
  • Housing
  • Scholarships


Janice Giteck

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Janice Giteck is a composer of music for concert, multimedia, dance and theater. She has scored six award–winning films including Emiko Omori’s Rabbit in the Moon, Johnny Simon’s Daddy and Pappa, Katie Jenning’s Teachings of the Tree People, and three films by Pat Ferrero: Hopi, Songs of the Fourth World, Hearts and Hands, and Yield to Total Elation, several of these broadcast on the PBS series American Experience, POV, and Independent Lens.

Recent concert pieces include Ishi for the Seattle Chamber Players, She Who Dances Through the Sky, for a cappella choir, In a Camel’s Ear for nine flutes, Snow Mandala and Tara’s Love Will Melt the Sword for solo piano, and Where Can You Live Safely Then? In Surrender for string quartet. From 1998 to 2001 Giteck was awarded a Meet The Composer residency that allowed her to compose two major works: Tikkun–Mending for John Duykers, tenor and the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra; and Navigating the Light for jazz alto Jay Clayton, soprano Thomasa Eckert, chamber orchestra, and the recorded stories of inmates at Echo Glen Children’s Center. Other notable concert commissions have included Leningrad Spring for the New Performance Group, TREE for the San Francisco Symphony, and Callin’ Home Coyote for the Port Costa Players. Giteck’s works have been performed and broadcast throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China and India. She has received numerous awards including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Seattle Arts Commission, the California Arts Council, the Lila Wallace Foundation, and the Djerassi Foundation, among others. Her concert music is available on the MODE, New Albion, Periplum and Innova labels. Giteck holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Music Composition from Mills College and an M.A. in Psychology from Antioch University. She studied over a seven–year period both at Mills College and the Aspen Institute with the noted composer Darius Milhaud and with Olivier Messiaen at the Paris Conservatory on a grant from the French government.