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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You may register online. If you have any questions, please contact us.


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