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.

Richard Nelson,  Composer, Professor of Music, University of Maine at Augusta.  Program Co-Director.

Edward Jacobs,  Composer, Professor of Music, East Carolina University.  Program Co-Director.

Maya Bennardo, Visiting Performing Artist, Violin

Maya Bennardo

Hannah Levinson, Visiting Performing Artist, Viola

Hannah Levinson

Marilyn Shrude, Composer, Distinguished Artist Professor, Bowling Green State University.  Visiting Guest Composer.

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Participants must be over the age of 18 and are selected on the basis of ability and supporting materials. As the application process is on a rolling basis with a maximum of 15 students, we encourage you to apply early.

  1. Applicants should provide two scores and two recordings to be sent via the Applicant Materials Submission form. (See requirements below)
  2.  $100 application fee*

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For additional assistance contact the Program Coordinator, Gail Levinsky

Electronic submission of two representative compositions: pdf of score and mp3 recording. If your work exists purely in the audio domain (no score), please include a written explanation of the process for creating the recording.  

PLEASE NOTE: The scores, recordings, and letter of recommendation is needed but not required for completing the initial application. However, all scores, links and letter of recommendation submitted thereafter must be sent using the Applicant Materials Submission Form on the website.

Tuition includes non-refundable $100 application fee*

 10 days – all inclusive  (instruction, meals, housing, and on-campus activities) $1,690

*PLEASE NOTE: The application fee will be refunded if applicant is NOT accepted into the program.

Arrival Day:

3:00–5:00pm Registration
5:30pm Dinner
Evening Orientation and Evening Gathering

Daily Schedule:

8:00am Breakfast
9:30–12:00pm Master Classes, Instructional Sessions, Lessons
12:30–1:30pm Lunch
1:30–3:30pm Flexible Time, Individual Composition Time, Lessons, Recreation
3:30–5:30pm Master Classes, Instructional Sessions, Lessons
5:45pm Dinner
Evening Listening and Discussion Sessions, Attending Recitals, Individual Work Time,
Other Group-initiated Activities, Social Activities

Departure Day:

8:00–10:00am Breakfast and Departure

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Nothing inspires creativity like a beautiful lake in Maine — especially when surrounded by a strong community of fellow composers.