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High School Composition Intensive

July 10–23, 2016

The 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 music 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 and Transient Canvas will be in residence for the second week of the program for daily rehearsals and workshopping of the students' newly composed string quartets. Students who have participated in HSCI have gone on to matriculate in prestigious undergraduate programs.

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.

Tuition and Fees

Application Fee: $90 (before April 1); $125 (April 2–May 1)
Tuition: $2,035
Housing and Meals (optional): $1,255
Meals Only (optional): $475


Scholarships are available for Boston Public School students. For more information, contact the Extension Programs Office

How to Apply

Application materials and fees should be uploaded to online system:

  • One letter of recommendation (teachers—music or otherwise—including band or chorus conductors)
  • Scores of between two and five works (hard copy submissions are also accepted)
  • Include recordings of your works, if available (MIDI is acceptable if a live recording is not available. You must include an accompanying score for each submitted recording. Please do not send originals; all materials submitted become the property of The Boston Conservatory and cannot be returned.)
  • One short essay (200–400 words) describing your musical interests

There is no additional 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.

Registration Deadline

Register by May 1, 2016.


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