Composing in the Wilderness - 2019

Attention Composers:

Composing in the Wilderness is now accepting applications for 2019!

Come with us and explore the inspiring wilderness of Alaska's backcountry, compose music about it, and have it premiered by top performers.

If you are a COMPOSER, love WILDERNESS, and want to take advantage of this one-of-a-kind CREATIVE ADVENTURE, then Composing in the Wilderness is for you! In 2019 we will once again be offering two immersive back-country trips, paired with performances of your newly composed pieces by top performers. We're opening up the application window much earlier to give as many people as possible the opportunity to apply. Take a look at our website to see what our previous years have been like, and then use our simple application form to apply.

Composing in the Wilderness has a strong history of embracing diversity, and we encourage applications from composers of all ages, nationalities, and styles.


"Composing In The Wilderness is a life changing event no matter who you are."
(Brent Lawrence, California, 2017)

"I loved every moment of Composing in the Wilderness. I loved the great group of composers and performers involved, the unearthly beauty of Denali, being taught to understand the extraordinary magic of lichen, the weird half light at midnight, and a glimpse of the poetry of the place."
(Gemma Peacocke, New Zealand, 2016)

“For me, participating in Composing in the Wilderness was life changing. As a full time film and tv composer it’s often difficult to dig deeper into concert music and having the time in Denali followed by intense composing time made me re-examine my process and sensibility altogether. I had always wanted to visit Alaska and this couldn’t have been a more amazing experience.”
(Cody Westheimer, California, 2015)

"At Composing in the Wilderness, I am my truest self, both as a composer and as a person"
(Christina Rusnak, Oregon, 2012, 2013, 2017)

Find out more about Composing in the Wilderness at

30 Sep 2018
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