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Summer at Cornish

Composition Intensive



June 20 –July 2, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 9:00am – 4:00pm


Kerry Hall 223, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA


The price of this course is $900.00

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This ten-day intensive is designed for composers, age 14-19, seeking to develop their skills composing for acoustic instruments, specifically chamber ensembles. The course will combine master classes, individual instruction, composing assignments and group seminars. Students will be encouraged to broaden their musical language, increase their knowledge of theory and orchestration, and develop techniques for facilitating the creative process.

The class will include an overview of classical music styles with an emphasis on 20th century music, but will also include a discussion of American music styles, including jazz, as elements of the composers vocabulary. Proper notation and the use of music notation software will be discussed as well.

Students will:

Compose a new piece scored for acoustic instruments

Hear their work played by an ensemble comprised of professional musicians 

Cornish composition professor Wayne Horvitz will be joined by a faculty ensemble to help demonstrate scoring techniques and to perform all of the students' compositions. Faculty members will demonstrate the ins and outs of their instruments, including the contemporary techniques available to composers. Students will use the two weeks 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 14-19, 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 2 at 11:00am in PONCHO Concert Hall on the Cornish campus.  

Audition Requirements

Open for enrollment to students ages 14-19 with a basic facility for composition and who can already notate music for acoustic instruments.

Requirements & Availability

  • Ages
    14 - 19
  • Housing
  • Scholarships