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Fast Forward: New Music Life


July 9 –July 14
M, T, W, Th, F, S
9:00am – 4:00pm


Kerry Hall, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA


The price of this course is $475.00

Registration for this course has been closed

If you have any questions, please contact us.



Welcome to the dynamic world of New Music! Fast Forward: New Music Life is an exciting exploration of today’s contemporary art music world. From pop music to electronics, chamber music to deep listening ensemble processes, 21st century conservatory trained musicians are incorporating such diverse skills as structured improvisation, graphic score interpretation and creation, looping technology, conduction, live-processed electronics, and game pieces alongside traditional chamber music skills that emphasize collaborative skills, interpretation of mood and phrasing, clear verbal and non-verbal skills, and of course, technical excellence. Music of Pauline Oliveros, Laurie Anderson, Meredith Monk, Louis Andriessen, John Cage, Ha-Yang Kim, and John Zorn, among others will be explored in this week-long course. Guest sessions with Cornish alums and current instructors such as Wayne Horvitz and Beth Fleenor will be offered along with the exciting coaching of instructors Heather Bentley and new Cornish cello/chamber music faculty Ha-Yang Kim. Strings, winds, keyboards, guitarists, vocalists and percussionists are encouraged to apply, as the New Music world embraces diverse instrumentation! Enthusiasm for creativity is a prerequisite. For ages 12 - 21. Each student will be placed in an age and experience-appropriate small ensemble, and all students will participate in a large group ensemble that will particularly delve into processes developed by musical greats of the 20th and 21st century. A culminating performance for family and friends will take place on Saturday afternoon.

Who Should Enroll

This course is designed for winds (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn), strings (violin, viola, cello, doublebass), piano/keyboards, guitarists, and vocaists. Students age 12-21.

Daily Schedule

Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm with a break for lunch, and a concluding performance scheduled for Saturday, July 14th in PONCHO Concert Hall on the Cornish campus.

Audition Requirements

An audition is required for placement. Auditions will be accepted emailing a video (or sharing a video link to Youtube) of two contrasting pieces that best shows your skill level.

Auditions by video submission will be accepted until workshops meet maximum enrollment.

Please email your audition material to the Summer Extensions Program Manager, Michael Callaizakis at

Requirements & Availability