Hobart and William Smith Colleges - HWS Launches Music Composition Summer Intensive
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HWS Launches Music Composition Summer Intensive

This summer, Hobart and William Smith and the Society of New Music will offer a two-week composition intensive on June 1 – 13, 2020. Designed for undergraduate students interested in pursuing graduate degrees and careers as composers, the program offers students a chance to work closely with seasoned composers and develop the necessary skills, experience and body of work to take the next step.

Associate Professor of Music Mark Olivieri, who is organizing the intensive, says it will be a rare opportunity “to work in an intimate setting with four different composers who all have different voices and aesthetic viewpoints. The amount of interaction we’ll have with student composers is really unique, and the chance to work with the Society for New Music players is a great opportunity for aspiring composers.”

The program will culminate with a performance and recording of student work by the acclaimed Society of New Music All Stars, part of the Syracuse-based music advocacy organization that commissions the work of upstate composers and acts as a catalyst for the growth of the region’s musical community.

Olivieri, who has worked the Society for many years, says that writing and recording at that standard would distinguish young composers as they look ahead to graduate school and their future careers.

Beyond the skills, experience and portfolio that students will need for graduate school applications, the summer intensive will also offer sessions on how to promote works, solicit performers and negotiate a contract.

Faculty includes Olivieri and University of Illinois-Chicago Professor Marc Mellits. Two additional faculty members will be announced shortly.

Summer Intensive enrollment is capped at 16. Application instructions and deadlines are forthcoming.