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High School Composition Intensive


July 13 - July 26, 2014

Application for 2014 is now open! 

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The Boston Conservatory’s High School Composition Intensive (HSCI) is a two-week program designed to challenge and engage students who are serious about music composition. Young composers will take part in a rigorous daily practice of composition through faculty-led assignments and individual guidance. All participants will be given instruction in contemporary music, ear training, and theory, and will attend a daily composers’ forum. Finally, each student composer will write four new works to be performed and recorded during the two-week program. The Worcester Chamber Music Society will be in residence for the second week of the program for daily rehearsals and workshopping of the students' newly composed string quartets.  For an idea of the daily schedule, see the 2012 HSCI schedule.

By the end of this two week intensive, students will gain a more advanced understanding of music theory, an improved fluency in notating their compositions and greater confidence in their skill and creativity as composers. Participants will also have a new catalogue of recorded works, which may be used for future collegiate applications.

Who Should Apply

High school students (ages 15–18) with some foundation in music composition. 

2013 Faculty 

Application Requirements

Materials to be uploaded to DecisionDesk:

  • Two letters of recommendation (teachers—music or otherwise—including band or chorus conductors)
  • Scores of between two and five works (hard copy submissions are also accepted)
  • Recordings of your works are appreciated and can be uploaded onto DecisionDesk or sent as hard copy—MIDI is acceptable if a live recording is not available. You must include an accompanying score for each submitted recording. 
  • One short essay (200–400 words) describing your musical interests and enthusiasms.

DecisionDesk accepts the following file formats: 

  • Video (MPEG, MPG, MP4, OGG, MOV, AVI, WMV, M4V, VOB)
  • Audio (MP3, M4A, OGG, AIFF, WMA, WAV, AAC)
  • Image (JPEG, JPG, PNG, GIF)

There is no charge to submit your materials, and we receive it instantly.  Individual files can be as large as 5GB, but keep in mind that larger files may take some time to upload.  For technical support with your DecisionDesk application, please visit or contact

Hard copy scores should be legibly notated (by hand or by computer), photocopied (double-sided) and spiral or coil bound.  Please do not send originals; all portfolios and recordings submitted become the property of The Boston Conservatory and cannot be returned.

Musical scores and recordings should be mailed together in one package to: The Boston Conservatory, ATTN: Extension Programs (Composition Intensive), 8 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02215

2014 Tuition and Fees

Scholarships available for Boston Public School students. Please contact the Extension Programs Office at (617) 912-9203 or for details.

Application Fee: $65 by April 15, 2013; $100 between April 16 and May 15, 2013

Tuition: $2035

HOUSING & MEALS (optional): $1225

MEALS ONLY (optional): $475

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