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High School Composition Intensive


July 12-25, 2015


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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. 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. 

2015 Faculty 

Application Requirements

Applications open December 1, 2014

Applications received before February 15, 2015: $65
Applications received after February 15, 2015 and before May 1, 2015: $100

Application Materials and fee to be uploaded to DecisionDesk:

  • 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)
  • 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 Extension Program staff cannot assist with technical support.


2015 Tuition and Fees

Scholarships available for Boston Public School students. More information is forthcoming.

Tuition: $2035

Housing including Meals: $1225

Meals only: $475

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