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The Composition Intensive at New England Music Camp

2022 Program dates:  

July 25, 2022 - August 8, 2022

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The Composition Intensive invites composers ages 14-18 for a Festival experience where they develop their creative practice while also building their portfolio under the guidance of two very active composers in the field.  Participants will learn specifically about idiomatic writing while  building relationships with the musicians on-site for the Chamber Music Intensive.  Composers will receive a recording of at least two of their pieces, and benefit from activating the real-world skills they will need to share and grow their music in the future. 


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#1   Piece written for the Festival

• Upon acceptance in May, composers will receive an assignment for what group from the Chamber Music Intensive they will write for.    

• Each group will be comprised of students and one faculty member.

• Composers will work with the Chamber Music Intensive students throughout the two weeks on their piece.

• Scores and parts are due July 1st.

#2 Reading with faculty members

There will be an official reading of pieces by the Faculty that will also be recorded, giving composers an opportunity to get direct feedback by professional players and obtain another recording for their portfolio.

Instrumentation can be subsets of:
Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Oboe, Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, or Piano


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  • $3500 ($3000 base tuition + $500 recording)

*If a student wants to do both NEMC core camp & the Composition Intensive their cost would be as follows:

  • $8900 ($500 savings)

*Financial Aid is available! 


Admission and Audition Process:

  1. Register HERE and submit $75 application fee.
  2. Submit 2-3 original scores (PDFs) and accompanying recordings (MIDI acceptable, submitted as an MP3 or weblink), a short video explaining what excites the camper most about this particular program and how it can make a difference for them at this point in their studies (2 minutes max), and a one-page description of experience (previous experience as a performer, pieces composed (at least 2), teachers, performances of works, camps/festivals).  Please submit to the NEMC Registrar at .
  3. Submit Composition Questionnaire HERE.
  4. Submissions & Questionnaire will be forwarded to Faculty for review.
  5. Students will begin to notified of a decision on a rolling basis. 

Application and Audition Deadline: March 15, 2022



  • High School students age 14-18 with composition experience.


  • Students should have their own scores and recordings/MIDI of at least two (2) previous works

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Jessica Meyer, Program Coordinator

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