Compose Yourself! Registration

ACO Compose Yourself

 

The ACO Compose Yourself! program is designed to help young composers develop positive approaches to creativity, learn professional standards of notation, and develop strong orchestration technique in a supportive, hands-on environment.

This class is great for high schoolers who are interested in music creation, whether they’ll be attempting their first score, or have already been composing for years, whether they’re writing pop songs, jazz or the next great symphony. 

Do You Want to Learn to Compose?

 

REGISTER NOW 

For our Summer HS Composers Intensive

 

scroll down this page to find the registration form and more info

Registration Deadline is June  30

  • Students complete one work each semester, which is then read by an ensemble of professional musicians.
  • Reading sessions are recorded for inclusion in college portfolios, competitions and the like.
  • Class size is limited to assure personalized attention (during the Summer Intensive classes have up to 8 students)
  • Visits by renowned guest composers & free entrance to ACO special events, including direct contact with leading composers.

STUDENT INTEREST IN ANY AND ALL GENRES IS WELCOME.

Our THEME for the Summer Intensive will be The Composer and The Score. We’ll be exploring the diversity of approaches that music creators have for communicating their ideas to performers and audiences.

All Compose Yourself! classes are taught by ACO Education Director, Kevin James

Special Note: it is not necessary to be local to New York to participate in Compose Yourself!. During COVID we’ve been able to accommodate students from across the world, and will continue to do so.

Important Info

This Class is for:
HIGH SCHOOL aged students, including rising 9th graders and students preparing to head to college in the fall

Classes will meet:
Via ZOOM

on the Following Dates:
August 5, 9, 12, 16, 23 and 26,
on August 16 all classes will be together for a joint session with this years special guest composers (TBA)

Days and times
Mondays and Thursdays, EITHER from 10:30am-1pm or 2-5pm.
*IF we have very large registration, an extra class would be added on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Other Requirements
Students are required to attend ALL sessions.
Although we’re open to, and often explore alternative approaches, students need to be able to read music.

Tuition
$450*

*Scholarships are available. ACO is committed to assuring that all interested students are able to participate, regardless of need. Look for the appropriate check box on the registration form below

Registration

Fill out and submit the form below – you’ll need to scroll through this section to see all the questions. When you hit “Submit”, you’ll receive a confirmation that your registration has been received.

Questions & Information

If you have any questions or would like further information on how you child could benefit from ACO Education programming, contact Kevin James, Education Director: 212.977.8495 ext. 202 or education@americancomposers.org

Our Mission & Vision

American Composers Orchestra (ACO) is dedicated to the creation, celebration, performance, and promotion of orchestral music by American composers. With commitment to diversity, disruption and discovery, ACO produces concerts, pre-college and college education programs, and emerging composer professional development to foster a community of creators, audience, performers, collaborators, and funders.

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