Summer Composition Online Workshop with Erik Nielsen July 24-28th, 2023 (remote)
Composing For Music-COMP Jazz Ensemble
Live Performance in October at St. Albans Congregational Church
All Student Compositions are performed and recorded

Dates: Monday, July 24 - Friday, July 28, 2023 from 1-4 pm. These half day workshop sessions via zoom will guide students to create compositions for performance with a Music-COMP jazz combo, featuring Kyle Saulnier, Tom Cleary, and more - these are some of the best jazz musicians and performers in the state! Participants can write for any combination of Drums, Bass, Piano, Sax, and Trumpet. The concert will take place on Sunday, October 8th as part of the St. Albans Church Street Sounds of the Season concert series.

Cost: $300, which in addition to the workshop includes a performance (plus audio and video recording) of each student's piece. A deposit of $50 is required with registration, and the balance is due at the first class.  

Music-COMP offers a week-long, half-day summer workshop for students with an interest in music composition. The instructor is Erik Nielsen, Senior Mentor with Music-COMP, with extensive experiences as a professional composer, student workshop leader, and school composition artist-in-residence instructor. Erik will guide each student as they explore various composition skills and techniques to develop works suitable for live performance. Students will interact with one another to provide feedback on each others' work.

Students will explore various aspects of composition, including harmony, melody, orchestration, and thematic development. Our goal is for students to grow from their starting point to develop increasingly sophisticated composition skills and techniques. Each day will begin with an online check-in with Erik and all students to discuss progress, issues and questions. The rest of the three hours will consist of scheduled individual time with Erik, (each student will get at least two of these per day), as well as “drop-in” sessions for quick discussions of specific issues or questions. Later in the week there will be time to share individual works in progress with the entire group for student comments and questions.

Performing musicians for this concert include some of the very best in Vermont!
Brian Boyes: trumpet
Kyle Saulnier: saxophone
Tom Cleary: piano
Jeremy Hill: bass
Dan Ryan: drums 





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!