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Young Composers Festival

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The Young Composers Project is a year-long course where students learn to compose for orchestra. Musicians ages 8–18 explore the creative process of composition in the classroom and out – they attend TSO dress rehearsals, meet guest artists and composers, and work with TSO musicians. As the culminating final project, the TSO performs their original composition and they receive a live recording of their piece!

A FREE festival pass gets you access to every event! Workshops, lectures, Q&A sessions with our Expert Panel, and TSO performances. Explore the world of composing – Fun for all ages!


  • Thursday, May 17, 6:30–8:00 PM
    • Festival launch with José Luis Gomez at Tucson Symphony Center
    • Expert Panel: TSO Music Director José Luis Gomez, TSO Composer-in-Residence Dan Coleman, Young Composers Project Instructor Ilona Vukovic-Gay & more will answer questions from both the live audience and Facebook Live
  • Friday, May 18, 7:00 PM
    • String Quintet Reading Sessions at Tucson Symphony Center
  • Saturday, May 19
    • 1:00–3:00 PM – Afternoon activities at Tucson Symphony Center
      • Adult composition workshops with Ilona Vukovic-Gay
      • “Professional Composition” with Dan Coleman
      • “Score and Parts Preparation” with TSO Librarian Carrie White
      • “The Commissioning Process” with Vail Youth Symphony Director Jessica Breen and current Young Composers Project Student Claire Thai
    • 7:00 PM – Full Orchestra Reading Sessions at Catalina Foothills High School
  • Sunday, May 20, 2:00 PM
    • Full Orchestra Reading Sessions at Catalina Foothills High School

The Young Composers Festival is sponsored by David Farneth & David Gilbert