Snow Pond Music Festival


Where Aspiring Artists,
Develop, Collaborate & Grow


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June 9 - June 19, 2019

Richard Nelson 2019Ed Jacobs, Co-Director Composers Workshop

Immerse yourself in 10 days of inspiring and enriching creativity and collaborative learning at this year’s Snow Pond Composers Workshop.  Through in-depth interactions with our stylistically diverse faculty, a stimulating peer group, expert new-music performers, and a host of composition and performance opportunities, we seek to explore what’s at the core of our creative impulses, and how we can articulate and communicate that aesthetic essence most effectively in our chosen mediums.  

In addition to private lessons and Master Class sessions with faculty composers, participants will explore new imaginative territories with immersion instructional and practicum sessions on improvisation, and an array of techniques for integrating improvisation into one’s compositions.  Time will be provided for on-site composing, and participants will have a short piece for violin and viola performed, critiqued, and recorded by the acclaimed new-music duo andPlay, Maya Bennardo and Hannah Levinson.

Committed composers in all genres are welcome: contemporary classical, jazz, electronic/computer/sound, creative/experimental rock, hybrid genres, and more.

Program Highlights

  • Master Class sessions and private lessons with faculty composers.
  • Instructional sessions dedicated both to honing traditional compositional skills and to intensively exploring a wide range of approaches to improvisation.  These include both techniques for integrating improvisation into one’s compositions and presentations on interactive computer systems for use by improvising musicians.
  • Exploration of the violin and viola through presentations, readings, and performances of short pieces by Visiting Performing Artists Maya Bennardo, and Hannah Levinson.
  • Receptive to both traditional composition and to composers whose work incorporates electronics, improvisation, jazz, rock, and other diverse elements into the compositional mix.
  • Time for composing and processing new materials and ideas.
  • Intimate and supportive environment for networking with peers and professional staff.
  • Affordable tuition includes lodging, meals and use of New England Music Camp’s waterfront, recreational equipment and facilities.

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New Sounds

The improv sessions really helped me see hear music in a new way. I also loved listening to everyone else's music -- new sounds are always inspiring. The chamber readings and percussion collaborations were especially helpful, and I learned a lot about working with performers.