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The Advanced Young Composers Project focuses on orchestration: covering the principals of harmony, voice leading, form, score reading and ear training. You’ll compose short works for each class which are played by visiting TSO ensembles. The final project this year is a unique challenge: a conducted, mixed ensemble of 7-10 musicians of your choice, performed by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra at the Young Composers Festival in May. Many graduates from this program have continued to pursue composition at the undergraduate and graduate level at universities and conservatories across the United States.

2020-21 Class Schedule

Classes take place on the Saturdays listed below, from 1:00-3:00 PM. The six Musician Workshops will be held in person, in the Performance Hall at the Tucson Symphony Center (2175 N. 6th Ave), and socially distanced following CDC guidelines. All other classes will be held remotely on Zoom. Deadlines are noted in blue.

Oct. 3 – First Class

Oct. 10
Oct. 17 – Brass Quintet Workshop
Oct. 24 – Piano/Keyboard Workshop – Class Change/Payment Due Deadline
Oct. 31
Nov. 7 – String Quintet Workshop
Nov. 14- Timpani Workshop
Nov. 21
Dec. 5 – Wind Quintet Workshop (POSTPONED, reschedule TBD)
Dec. 12 – Percussion Workshop

Jan. 16
Jan. 23
Jan. 30 – Guest Speaker TSO Composer in Residence, Dan Coleman
Feb. 6
Feb. 20 – Guest Speaker TSO Orchestra Librarian, Carrie White
Mar. 6
Mar. 13 – Rough Draft Due
Mar. 27
Apr. 10
Apr. 17
Apr. 24 – Final Project Due
May 1 – Conducting Session with TSO Music Director, Jose Luis Gomez
May 8 – Final Assessment

Young Composers Festival
May 14 – 6 PM
May 15 – 10 AM / 2 PM
May 16 – 2 PM