Every summer since 2002, young composers from age 14 to 20 come to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus for the Junior Composers Summer Program.
Students are offered two one-week programs (one for composers, one for songwriters) or one two-week program (Composers Studio). During their time in camp, their schedules are jam-packed with two-hour music theory and ear training classes, private composition lessons, and workshops/master classes with guest artists. In addition, the composers are given time to write, prepare for lessons, and have pieces read and rehearsed by a guest ensemble.
This July, the Junior Composers will study with a diverse and acclaimed faculty that includes Seth Custer, Randall Davidson, Sarah Miller, and Eric Radloff. They will also have the opportunity to work with (and have pieces read by) the Artaria String Quartet.
For more information on the 2016 Junior Composers Summer Program, visit the Junior Composers website. In the video below, 2015 student composer Jacob Beranek talks about his experiences, his teachers, and what he has learned in the program.