VCU Global Summer Institute of Music Composition Program

The Global Summer Institute of Music is delighted to celebrate its 5th anniversary in summer 2018. GSIM is an intensive summer program that aims to bring talented young musicians from different cultures to eclectic Richmond and the vibrant campus of VCU. In keeping with university’s mission for diversity and innovation, the institute aspires to foster a unique environment for global cultural learning through artistic exchange. The institute provides valuable feedback from multiple faculty while simultaneously allowing for immersive instrumental experiences in a supportive environment. Participants enroll in activities such as daily music lessons, master classes, workshops, concerts, English language groups, cultural discovery sessions and an excursion to Washington, D.C., the nation’s capitol.

The 2018 VCU-GSIM will be held from July 29 to August 10, 2018 on the Monroe Park Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University located in the heart of Richmond, Virginia, USA. The highlight of the 2018 Institute will feature a star string quartet residency, our annual special showcase concert at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as well as a concerto competition of which winners will earn opportunities to perform selected concerto movements with the GSIM Festival Orchestra.

Resident composition faculty include award-winning composers (see faculty bio on website). The Institute provides opportunities for students to work with instrumental participants and receive feedback from multiple resident faculty.

Potential Course Offerings and Activities for composition participants:
Daily group seminars with all composers and faculty
Private, 1-on-1 instruction for composition participants
Lectures by faculty and guest composers on their music
On-site composition projects, resulting in performances and recordings of participants’ works

Application deadline is May 31, 2018. Prior to registration please submit a sample of work to Director of the VCU GSIM, Dr. Zheng, at

31 May 2018