The Young Women Composers Camp is a two-week music festival for students who are interested in pursuing a career in music composition or a related field. The courses offered in our first year focus on a broad range of compositional skills, including sessions on writing for different instrument families, song writing, and jazz composition, among others. Please visit the Classes and Schedule page for more information on current course listings.
Students will start each day with Composition Workshop, which will be led by one of our primary composition faculty members. Students will learn traditional (and non-traditional) methods of composition, write counterpoint exercises, participate in group compositions and improvisations, etc. Students will also have Theory & Ear-Training, Chorale, and individual composition time daily, in addition to one private composition lesson each week.
8:45–9:00 - Students arrive at Presser Hall
9:00–9:50 - Composition Workshop
10:00–10:30 - Theory & Ear-Training
10:40–11:20 - Chorale
11:20–11:40 - Snack/Break
11:40–12:30 - Writing for Brass Instruments
12:30–1:30 - Lunch
1:30–2:20 - History of Electronic Music
2:20–3:00 - Individual Composition Time
3:00–3:30 - Private Composition Lesson
3:30 - Dismissal
list of classes
Composition Workshop (daily)
Theory & Ear-Training (daily)
Individual Composition Time (daily)
Private Composition Lessons (once a week)
Writing for String Instruments
Writing for Brass Instruments
Writing for Wind Instruments
Writing for Percussion
Writing for Voice and Setting Text
Electronic Music Composition
History of Electronic Music
Jazz Composition and Improvisation
College Prep and Concert Organization
Orchestration (one session per instrument family)
Engraving and Notation
Thanks to generous funding from Temple University, the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Project Stream, and private donors, all accepted students will attend the 2018 camp on a partial or full scholarship. Tuition is valued at $1,000, and includes food (lunch and snacks), course materials, all session and recording costs, and any additional transportation. Scholarships are awarded based on merit only.
Partial Scholarship: $350 tuition
Full Scholarship: free
Partial scholarship recipients will be asked to make a deposit of at least $50 towards their tuition by May 1st, 2018 in order to hold their spot. Payment plans are available - full details will be sent to you upon acceptance. Full scholarship recipients will not be asked to pay a deposit.
Optional Housing and Meal Plans
Minors - Under 18 at the start of the camp. (Johnson &Hardwick): $896.50
- Double room with linens for 12 nights
- Breakfast and Dinner for Monday - Friday, Lunch during the week is included Tuition, weekend meals are out of pocket
18+ (Morgan Hall):
- $652 for Double Room/Linen
- $748 for Single Room/Linen
- $249.86 for Optional Meal Package: Breakfast and Dinner for Monday - Friday. Lunch during the week is included tuition. Weekend Meals are out of pocket.
Alternatively, meals for 18+ dorm may be paid for in cash on an as-needed basis.
- Supplemental musical materials. You can choose to submit any of the following options below (mix and match if you prefer), and must submit at least two files.
- 1–2 sample compositions of any length or instrumentation. A midi file or live recording may be included in the application, but is not necessary. Music should preferably be notated on computer software, but a scanned image of a handwritten score may also be submitted (please make sure it is legible).
- 1–2 recordings/videos of an improvisation
- 1–2 recordings/videos of a composition or song that is not notated.
- Anything else that you think we should see/hear that shows your musical ability.
- Recommendation letter from a teacher (a music teacher is preferred, but not necessary). Your teacher can submit this here.
Accepted format: PDF
If you do not have any compositional experience but are interested in applying, please submit a 250–500 word essay in place of sample compositions. The essay should focus on your musical experiences and why you would like to attend the camp. You will have the option to submit this essay within the general application.
Deadline: April 1st, 2018
Late applications will be considered.
For more information and to submit sample/applications: