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About Junior Composers

We are a summer music composition program located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Helping students to realize their creative potential!

CREATIVE COMPOSING

CREATIVE COMPOSING

Junior Composers challenges talented music students to transform performance and creativity into a fuller expression of themselves.

CONCENTRATED LEARNING

CONCENTRATED LEARNING

Music theory and composition are put into practice with student-led music-making in partnership with outstanding professional artists using modern technology.

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"Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind."
Johannes Brahms
Summer Programs

Summer Programs

We offer 3 summer composition camps for music students age 14 through age 20.
Which one is right for you?

Composers Institute

Composers Institute

As the original JCSP camp, the Institute is a one-week program which primarily focuses on acoustic composition and creative composer-performer collaboration.

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Songwriters Institute

Songwriters Institute

For students specifically interested in pop music genres, Songwriters offers unique experience in writing lyrics, planning chord charts, and writing and professionally recording an original song while at camp.

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Composers Studio

Composers Studio

The Studio is a two-week residential summer music camp providing students concentrated instruction to take their works to the next level. Each year, Studio features a unique theme and a guest composer experienced in that theme.

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Summer Programs
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Diligence and Comradery
Time to Record Some Treasured Memories
Music is a Constant Companion
Much Needed Down Time
Working Into the Night
Using Every Opportunity
Performing Our Music
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Testimonials

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Staff

The Staff

We appreciate our diverse staff and the valuable ideas and experience they bring to JCSP.

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Seth Custer

Program Director

Seth holds a Ph.D. in Music Composition (University of Iowa) and is currently a professor at Bob Jones University (SC) where he is the chair of the composition and theory department. He is active as a teacher and saxophonist and regularly receives commissions for new works.

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Emily Custer

Administrative Director

Emily completed her M.M. in Music Composition (Bowling Green State University, OH) and has been teaching for 11 years. She resides in North Dakota and freelances as a composer, teacher and performer (vocalist and pianist). Emily first attended Junior Composers as a student in 2003 (the year after the program began) and later began serving on staff.

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Pat Steege

Scholarship and Grant Facilitator

Pat lives in the Twin Cities area and teaches piano. As our former longtime administrative director, Pat’s experience and skill make her a crucial part of the JCSP team.

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Randall Davidson

Composition Faculty

A longtime member of the Minneapolis music community, Randall maintains active as a cellist and teacher. His works have received numerous performances and are noted for their creative yet accessible musical language.

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Sarah Miller

Composition Faculty

Sarah Miller holds a Ph.D. in Music Composition (Michigan State University) and has been teaching composition, theory and piano at the MacPhail Center for Music since 1996, serving as Composition Coordinator since 2001. She works with students of all ages and is committed to tailoring her approach to fit her students’ individual needs and objectives.

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Eric Radloff

Songwriters Faculty

A native Minnesotan and a Junior Composers alumnus, Eric now hails from Los Angeles, CA, where he makes his living as a singer-songwriter. He blends traditional principles with modern trends and tools to create a unique compositional voice.

Yue Lor

Yue Lor

Treasurer

Yue graduated from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) with a B.M. in Music Theory and Composition. While there, he studied with Dr. Steven Makela and Dr. Daniel Breedon. Lor is also Junior Composers alumnus and now holds an essential role in our organization.

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Laura Kloekl

Registrar

Laura attended JCSP as a student and we are happy to have her now serving as our registrar. Currently, she resides on a ranch in South Dakota where she lives with her husband and young son.

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"“Music is a higher revelation than philosophy."
Ludwig van Beethoven
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Giving and Scholarships

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We appreciate your support so that we can continue to impact today’s youth by providing services that develop their musical abilities. Thank you for believing in us, and in our programs.

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Scholarships

Junior Composers works with generous partners who extend financial support to students through our programs.

 

   

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JUNIOR COMPOSERS

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about our summer programs.