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For intermediate and advanced musicians and composers with roughly 4+ years of experience playing music
Students explore contemporary music creation through composition, improvisation and performance. The program focuses on creating new music through collaboration between student instrumentalists and student composers. Students explore modern composition styles and performance techniques — learning some history, creating their own new approaches, and thinking beyond traditional formats to create music that is uniquely theirs. Classes include ensemble rehearsal (online, Zoom), lessons on history and performance technique, and masterclasses with special guest faculty. Students benefit from collaborating with Thurnauer’s composition workshop, Sound Works. The program culminates in the creation of a digital ensemble performance video of a newly composed piece of classical music.
Prerequisite: Performance applicants must submit a video performance of a piece of their choice. Composer applicants must submit a PDF score (and if possible a recording or digital rendering) of an original composition. To upload application submission, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ensemble led by Zach Herchen
Designed to give young musicians the knowledge and confidence to compose their own original music. By listening to and discussing music from the past and present, students learn about all of the ingredients that go into a composition and from there, how to get cooking by crafting and combining these ingredients from scratch. Students emerge from the class able to confidently invent and write down their creative ideas using traditional and non-traditional notation. As a project-based class, students work independently on weekly composition assignments that receive feedback from the teacher, and gain the experience of having their original compositions performed and/or recorded by musicians from the Thurnauer community at several times throughout the year.
With at least 1 year of instrumental study. Recommended that students are comfortable with the concepts covered in Theory & Ear Training Beginning A
For Ages 15+
Provides advanced, young musicians with the skills and knowledge to craft original compositions for one-to-many instruments. By listening to and analyzing music from the past and present, across many genres, the class explores what makes music “work” – teasing out the tricks, techniques, and practices that composers have used to invent, expand and develop their creative ideas with the aim of doing so ourselves. Students complete weekly composition assignments, geared towards emerging from the class with several original compositions for a variety of instrumentations. Students’ compositions receive feedback regularly from the teacher, and benefit from collaborating with Thurnauer’s contemporary music ensemble, Ensemble X, to develop and hear their works performed on several occasions throughout the year.
With at least 3 years of instrumental study. Recommended that students are comfortable with the concepts covered in Theory & Ear Training Intermediate A.