Compose an original harp score and apply to become a featured composer at the 2019 Summer Institute in Winston-Salem, NC.

 

Young Composers Project

June 19-22, 2019

  • Ages: 25 and under

  • Must be Member of the American Harp Society, Inc. join/renew here >>

  • Level: All skill levels, lever or pedal harp, no formal training required

  • Applications Due: March 14, 2019

The American Harp Society, Inc. Young Composers Project is a biennial national educational program for harpists ages 25 and under. This project provides an opportunity for young harpists to broaden their relationship with their instrument by composing an original harp score and performing their composition at the 13th Summer Institute at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


2017 Young Composers Project

Featured composers were mentored by Libby Larsen & Rachel Brandwein in Northfield, Minnesota.


 

Apply to become a 2019 featured composer by submitting your original harp composition.

 
 

Featured Composers Opportunities

  • Complimentary registration to the 13th Summer Institute, June 19-22, 2019 in Winston-Salem, NC

  • Perform your original solo harp composition on the YCP concert at the 13th Summer Institute

  • Perform your composition in a masterclass with distinguished YCP faculty, Dan Locklair and Alyssa Reit

  • Private one-on-one feedback session with YCP faculty during the Summer Institute

  • Receive a professional recording of your concert performance

  • Featured article on your composition in the American Harp Journal, the official publication of the American Harp Society, Inc.


2019 Distinguished young Composers Project Faculty

Dan Locklair  is composer-in-residence and Professor of Music at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. His compositional catalog, influenced by a wide variety of traditions, includes internationally performed symphonic works, a ballet, an opera, and numerous solo, chamber, vocal, organ, and choral compositions.

Dan Locklair is composer-in-residence and Professor of Music at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. His compositional catalog, influenced by a wide variety of traditions, includes internationally performed symphonic works, a ballet, an opera, and numerous solo, chamber, vocal, organ, and choral compositions.

Alyssa Reit  has worked as an independent performer, composer, arranger, and storyteller in New York since completing her Master and Bachelor’s degrees at the Juilliard School of Music studying with Marcel Grandjany. Her work as a composer includes many internationally performed solo, chamber, and ensemble works.

Alyssa Reit has worked as an independent performer, composer, arranger, and storyteller in New York since completing her Master and Bachelor’s degrees at the Juilliard School of Music studying with Marcel Grandjany. Her work as a composer includes many internationally performed solo, chamber, and ensemble works.


Apply To BeCOME A Featured Composer

The Young Composers Project committee will select up to 8 applicants to become featured composers. Applicants do not have to be formally studying composition to be eligible. The selected featured composers will be categorized by their age as of June 1, 2019:

  • Junior - Age 12 and Under

  • Teen I - Age 13-15

  • Teen II - Age 16-18

  • Young Adult - Ages 19-25

All applicants will receive written personal feedback about their composition from professional composers and be invited to attend the Institute.


Young COMPOSERS project programming

The Young Composers Project offers programming to inspire all 13th Summer Institute attendees. Learn from our distinguished YCP faculty and support our featured composers by attending the following events:

  • Masterclass: Young Composers Project: Featured Composers with Dan Locklair & Alyssa Reit

    Thursday, June 20, 2019, 8:30AM-10:20AM, Watson Concert Hall

  • Workshop: Q & A Session with Dan Locklair & Alyssa Reit on composing and arranging for the harp

    Thursday, June 20, 2019, 1:15PM-2:45PM, Library Auditorium

  • Concert: Young Composers Project Featured Composers in Recital

    Friday, June 21, 2019, 4:30PM, Crawford Concert Hall


Full program of 13th Summer Institute presenters and schedule will be announced in early 2019. Enjoy this preview of presenters, masterclasses, concerts, workshops, and lectures that will take place in 2019 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.

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2019 Summer Institute Preview