Welcome to Music-Comp

Welcome to Music-COMP, Music Composition Online Mentoring Program. 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.

Support Opus 30 and Online Mentoring

Opus30originalMusic-COMP needs your help to fund our upcoming Opus 30 live performance of 25 brand new student works. Imagine 25 world premiers all in one concert! Our day-long event on Wednesday, April 29th will be held at the Chandler Music Center in Randolph, VT. Rehearsals begin at noon and the evening concert at 6:30 pm is FREE and open to the public.

We're celebrating 20 years of Music-COMPVAC 2015 color WEB and Celebrate20color2015 as The Year of the Arts in Vermont. Please donate here to support the Opus 30 concert and the online mentoring of over 110 works that led to this concert. Are you new to Music-COMP? View a video we made last year to explain the Opus concerts, then return here to donate.

Online mentoring with our thirteen mentors and the performance of student compositions will cost about $14,000. Our Friends of Music-COMP Regional Groups each have fundraising goals.

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Professional Development for Teachers

Upcoming Online Course Topics and Dates:

March 30 - May 11 - Noteflight: Notation Software in the Cloud

March 30 - May 11 - iPads in Music Classrooms

More information and registration links for Notation and iPads here.

Annual Music and Technology Summer Institute - More information and registration HERE.

Monday, July 20 - Friday July 24, 2015 at Champlain College in Burlington with optional graduate credit through Castleton State College.

First Steps in Music TM - More information and registration HERE.

Monday, July 13- Friday, July 17, 2015 to be held in the Burlington area. Workshop only or graduate credit through Castleton State College.


Student Summer Opportunities - 2015

Summer Workshop for Student Composers - July 20 - 24, 2015 - 1-4 pm daily

Spend a week working with Senior Mentor, Erik Nielsen, and other students with an interest in composing for live performance. This workshop is designed for students with some previous experience, although Music-COMP membership is not required.JustinGates Eriksummer12

Dates: Monday, July 20 - Friday, July 24, 2015 from 1-4 pm to be held in Burlington at Burlington High School. These half day workshop sessions will guide students to create compositions for performance. Registration and more information HERE.

Summer Online Mentoring available April 15th - September 15th.

Senior Mentor, Erik Nielsen, and other professional composer mentors will be available for any student interested in using the summer to create new works with the guidance of an online mentor. Summer composition mentoring is $30 for elementary and middle level students and $60 for high school students. This provides for mentoring for one composition from start to finish with no limit to the number of student revisions and online discussion for the one work. The discussion continues through the summer until the student indicates they are finished. Students may submit more than one summer work provided they pay the mentoring fee for each composition.

The fee may be paid online or a check sent to the Music-COMP office at 30 Steeplebush Rd, Essex Junction VT 05452.

Summer Online Mentoring

Eileen Kocherlakota and the Vermont Philharmonic

Audio recording of Hidden Mountains from a performance by the Vermont Philharmonic on Sunday, March 15, 2015 in their "Espana" Annual Family Concert at the Barre Opera House.

Eileen Kocherlakota has been composing music since she was nine years old. She started composing with Music-COMP and found she enjoyed this new world that was so different from performing. She likes being on the other side of the score, creating melodies, harmonies, and experimenting with the different tones and timbres of the variety of instruments. Eileen has composed for many different combinations of instruments, including string quartet, voice, and full orchestra. She likes the challenge that writing for different types of iEileen LouKosma croppedwide400nstruments presents. Eileen has recently had pieces played by the Burlington Ensemble, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Green Mountain Youth Symphony and through Music-COMP. Throughout her entire composing experience, Eileen has been guided and mentored by composer Erik Nielsen and other Music-COMP mentors. She has also been supported by her family, teachers, and Music-COMP. Eileen is an 18 year old senior at Burlington High School. Outside of composing, Eileen enjoys reading, mathematics, and listening to music.

Hidden Mountains: The concept of mountains being hidden sounds preposterous, and yet it is the idea around which the piece was formed. In the first section of the piece, the mountains are shrouded in fog, and all that can be seen are small glimpses of the peaks. When the piece then switches from minor to major, the sun burns away the fog, and the mountains appear; glorious, beautiful, and majestic. The piece then transitions back to minor, heralding the return of the fog, and obscuring the mountains from all. They are once again a mystery. The piece strives to be both mysterious and hopeful, haunting and joyous, as it illustrates an idea that is at times real, and at others, a dream. All the instruments take part in helping to bring this concept to life, sharing the melody between them, and giving the mountains that spring to life the unpredictability that comes from being hidden.

Hidden Mountains was "commissioned" by the Green Mountain Youth Symphony orchestra under the direction of Bob Blais for it's April 2014 concert featuring women composers. Thanks to the Vermont Philharmonic and director, Lou Kosma, for this collaboration with Music-COMP. Thanks also to Michael Read, president of the Board of Directors, and Edie Miller for publicity.

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