Here is what you can expect if you attend either of the Institutes:

  • Composition instruction
  • 2-hours of daily music theory/ear-training
  • Compose and perform new compositions
  • Daily “salons” with guest artists
  • Field trips to exciting music locations in the Twin Cities
  • Multiple practice rooms
  • Room and board

Junior Composers Institute
Dates: July 15-21 Cost: $1,100
A week-long residential summer music camp for students age 14-20 who want to explore music composition. Limited to 20 students.

Core features: three composition tutorials during the week, 2-hours of music theory/ear-training every day, readings of new pieces by a guest wind ensemble, hear a premiere of your composition, perform in at least one new work, daily salons with guest artists, field trips.

2018 Junior Composers: Music + Film

“Call for Scores”


In preparation for our summer programs, we are formally inviting our students to compose a film score for instrumental chamber ensemble.  These pieces should be 2-4 minutes in length, and should be submitted electronically (via pdf or Finale file) to Seth Custer ( no later than June 1, 2018.  These pieces will be read by a professional ensemble, and presented along with the film at the 2018 Junior Composers summer programs. Click here for more details.


We welcome you to contact us for more information
about our summer programs.