Students compose a new work each year, each paired with a professional composer as their mentor
World premieres and counting since the first Opus concert in 2000
New works created by our young composers since 1995
Music-COMP (Music Composition Mentoring Program) is a Vermont-based non-profit started in 1995 that teaches students in grades 3-12 how to compose original music. Schools and teachers don’t often have the time, resources, or training to allow students to realize their musical creativity, and our goal is to help each student find their musical voice. Our young composers range from people who have never written a note before in their life all the way to students interested in composition as their profession. We partner with schools, private lesson teachers, and independent students across the country.
Each young composer we work with is directly paired with a professional composer as their mentor in a way that transcends geographic boundaries. On our secure website, a mentor will connect with each student from the very first notes written to the final performance. It is not uncommon for a professional composer from New York City to be helping a student from a small rural community compose a piece of music, which in turn may then be premiered by a violinist who performs with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Our mentors include college professors, working jazz and classical composers, Fulbright scholars, graduate students at Juilliard, and more. In addition, we partner with other organizations to perform and share the amazing music created by our students including Vermont Public Radio, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Vermont Philharmonic, TURNmusic, and more.
We prioritize access to our program and have enabled young musicians from rural, suburban, and urban areas to participate. Our student population is a cross-section of our communities, and we continue to expand our reach further and further each year. Below you can find some selected works from past Music-COMP performances. Every single note you will hear was written and created by a student in grades 3-12.
For just a few dollars per month, you can help ensure students will be writing music with Music-COMP for years to come. With your support, students throughout Vermont will continue to see their music come to life!