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The Composition Intensive at New England Music Camp

2023 Program dates:  

July 24, 2023 - August 7, 2023

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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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  • $3800 ($3400 base tuition + $400 recording)

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

  • $9500 ($500 savings)

*Financial Aid is available! 


Admission and Audition Process:

  1. Complete Online Registration, 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). 75 non-refundable application fee. Please note, the $500 deposit will be due upon admission to the program. Registration opens October 1, 2022.
  2. Once application and fee have been processed and the teacher recommendation has been received, NEMC Registrar, Bethany Niedbala, will email next steps.
  3. All materials will be sent to faculty for review.
  4. Students will be notified by April 15, 2023. Deposit due upon admission. 


Application Deadline is March 15, 2023



  • 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


 2023 Faculty:

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Ricardo Lorenz

Program Coordinator 











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