Welcome to Music-Comp

Welcome to Music-COMP, Music Composition Online Mentoring Program (formerly the Vermont MIDI Projct). Our mission is to serve students in composition through online mentoring with professional composers and live performances of student work. We provide teachers with professional development  through workshops, courses and online training. Music-COMP also develops and shares resources in composition.

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Pledge today to fund student composers with online mentoring by professional composers and a live performance of student work by professional musicians. Kickstarter is a crowdfunding campaign. We've set a goal of $10,000 to help fund Opus 32. With Kickstarter we need to meet or exceed the goal or we get nothing.

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Professional Development for Teachers - Summer 2017

Five Full Days - July 17-21, 2017 at Lyndon State College. Register for First Steps in Music TM with Betsy Greene OR Technology for Teaching and Learning in ALL Music Classrooms: Summer Institute 2017. Select one course for the week with workshop hours only or 3 graduate credits through Castleton University.  Meals and Housing for an additional $229. Visit here for more information.

Spring Online Courses for Teachers

January 30 - March 10 - one graduate credit or workshop credit only

March 27 - May 5 - one graduate credit or workshop credit only

Live Performances Coming Up

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Opus 32 for strings, woodwinds, and piano will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017 at Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael's College. Rehearsals begin at noon, Free concert at 6:30 pm. Family friendly! More info...

Opus 2  - a local event. New compositions created by students in grades 5-12 from Main Street Middle School and Montpeleir High School during a residency program with composer Erik Nielsen. Erik's residency is supported in part by a grant from the Vermont Arts Council. This live performance is at 7 pm, February 16th at Montpelier High School Auditorium. Hilary Goldblatt has organized professional musicians and high school string students to perform these works.

Jacob Dennison, a senior at Lake Region UHS, has written a new work for the VSO for their annual David M. Wilson Farmers' Night concert. Join us at the State House, Montpelier on Wed., Jan. 18th at 7:30 pm. 

Student composers wrote new works in a summer workshop with Erik Nielsen, Senior Composer Mentor. NThirdPiano 300x178They'll hear these compositions performed by Northern Third Piano Quartet at Wake Robin on January 12, 2017. Featured students are: Kassiani Austin, Jacob Dennison, Davis Holt, Graham Jansen, Andrew Kim, Jasmin Townsend-Ng, and Emily Sinnott.

Opus 2 at Montpelier High School on February 16th. Featuring new works by string students in grades 5-12.

Izzy Serebrov featured Student Composer Showcase

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Listen here for Izzy's December 2016 interview and his work, Under Ice. Izzy attends Essex High School.


BiddingforGood - online auction to Support Student Composers


We raised $5596. Special thanks to all the businesses who donated items - over 135 of them! Thanks also to the 117 bidders who bid a total of 717 times. There was much lively competitive bidding!

Didn't win your item? You can still contribute to Support Student Composers by clicking on the DONATE button above. Thank you to all. We're sending our wishes for a happy and productive new year.


Professional Development for Teachers - Summer 2017

SAVE THE DATE - July 17-21, 2017 at Lyndon State College. Enroll in First Steps TM with Betsy Greene OR Technology for Teaching and Learning in ALL Music Classrooms: Summer Institute 2017. Select one course for the week with workshop hours only or graduate credit through Castleton University.  Meals and Housing for an additional $230. 


Video Interviews

Enjoy full length interviews conducted by Mei Endo with students at Opus 31. Hear what Jacob Dennison, Jonathan DeRoehn and Izzy Patterson think about composing, the inspiration behind their pieces, the mentor process and more. 

Jacob Dennison


Jonathan DeRoehn


Izzy Patterson



During Opus 30, students were interviewed to see what they think about writing music, the composition process, Opus events and more.

Thank you to LCATV for all of their help.

How are real musicians different from computer playback?

Thoughts from Nadia Scoppettone, Wayne Alexander, Kaleigh Goulet-McCarthy, Rachel Schwartz, Erin Magill, Malayna Johnson and Eileen Kocherlakota. Music by Ethan Duncan.



Why do you write music?

Thoughts and music from Saigelyn Green and Jonathan DeRoehn
North Country Union High School

Alumni Feature

We celebrate the past and current achievements of 25 of our alumni. pic alumni bookThe impetus to reflect with them came as we prepared for Opus 25 held on January 7, 2013. Read their thoughts on participating in Music-COMP, find out what each is doing now, and hear some of their early works.

Periodically, we'll highlight one or two of our alumni. August's Vermont Public Radio Student Showcase Alumni Feature highlighted Matt Podd. We've included Matt's 25for25 alumni page below as well as his twin brother Adam who is also mentioned in the broadcast.

Link to the Vermont Public Radio Classical's feature.

Matt's alumni page and early recordings.

Adam's alumni page and early recordings.

Link to the full publication featuring all 25 alumni or click image.

Featured Alumni and Hometowns:

Alan Beaudry Derby VT
Eve Boltax Montpelier VT
Leon Campos Greensboro VT
Eli Chalmers Montpelier VT
Hannah Chambers Derby Line VT
Nicolas Chlebak Springfield VT
Bob Couture Westfield VT
Andy Gagnon Hardwick VT
Colin Gliech Burlington VT
Benji Goldsmith New York NY
Josh Clinger Lowell VT
Christina Koller Bridport VT
Mavis McNeil Greensboro VT
Joshua Morris St. Albans VT
Morgan Moscati Falls Church VA
Holly Mugford Randolph VT
Adam Podd Newport VT
Matt Podd Newport VT
Kyle Quirion Holland VT
Sam Schiavone Greensboro VT
Moxie Schults Norwich VT
Zach Sheets Norwich VT
Rachael Sherman Montpelier VT
Emily Vigne Monkton VT
Sylvia Woodmansee Westfield VT