Rushmore Music Festival - Composition Academy

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Rushmore Music Festival's Composition Academy is an intensive two-week program intended for students ages 13 and up who have an interest in music composition. Held at an inspiring location in the heart of the badlands of South Dakota, students will experience a learning environment that will encourage them to develop and reinforce their own sense of musical fulfillment and expression. The program is directed by Dr. Symeon Waseen, Associate Professor of Music at Black Hills State University.

Composers of all experiences and backgrounds are welcome to apply; however, some experience in music and a strong grasp of fundamentals is highly encouraged. For two weeks, attendees will receive daily feedback on a compositional project culminating in a performance and recording by Rushmore Music Festival faculty and students in Meier Recital Hall. While working on this project, students will be encouraged to use their own unique backgrounds and strengths while also experimenting with new and unfamiliar modes of musical expression. In addition, students will take part in theory courses and a survey of seminal 20th century music to familiarize themselves with a diverse array of compositional techniques and expand their compositional vocabulary.

Application Requirements
  • Two examples of your composition (sheet music in .pdf format + audio/video recording, midi accepted)
  • Completed application
    Completed financial aid/merit scholarship application (if requesting financial assistance)
  • $50 registration fee (non-refundable)
    Scholarship Deadline: March 5th, 2018
    Application Deadline: April 6th, 2018
  • Daily private composition lessons (8 total)
  • Weekly group composition masterclasses (2 total)
  • 3 weekly hour-long classes on 20th century materials and techniques (6 total)
  • 4 weekly hour-long music theory/ear-training classes (8 total)
  • Dalcroze Eurhythmics classes (4 total)
  • Computer Notation/Engraving sessions
  • Workshop a composition with RMF Faculty & receive a premiere performance and recording
    Who can benefit from attending this program?
  • High school students preparing for Undergraduate programs in Composition
  • College students looking to expand their portfolio and gain more experience working with chamber groups
  • Young high school students who are interested in writing music and would like to further explore composition in an engaging, collaborative environment
    Yes, please visit BHSU website to get in touch with Dr. Waseen
  • 6 Apr 2018
    U.S. Dollar (USD)