Composition

Upcoming Concert

May 14, 2015

Symphony Space

Alumni Profile

I took part in the NYYS Composition program during its 48th, 49th, 50th, and 51st seasons (2010-2014).

Composition Staff

Director
Assistant Director

Composition

The New York Youth Symphony's Composition Program, formerly known as "Making Score," is the first series of workshops in the country for young musicians to explore the world of composition and orchestration. Students between the ages of 12-22 who have a sense of curiosity and a taste for musical adventure are invited to apply. 

The program is directed by Dr. Kyle Blaha, who succeeds founding director Derek Bermel and Anna Clyne. Tim Mauthe is the Assistant Director of the program.

Kickoff Weekend

Students of the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra and Composition programs will attend our Annual Kickoff Weekend September 19-21, 2014 at Camp DeWolfe in Wading Rivers, NY. This is a mandatory event and you cannot participate in either program if you do not attend.

Directions to Camp DeWolfe

A bus will be provided for students, leaving fromt he NYYS office (110 West 40th St between 6th and Broadway on 40th St) at 4:30. However, if you are unable to make the bus, or live closer to Camp DeWolfe, here is information on how to get there:

Note: We are congregating at the camp Meeting Hall on Friday night. This is also where you can pick your students up on Sunday. (Click here for a map of the camp)

The address for Camp DeWolfe is: 408 N Side Rd, Wading River, NY 11792

Via the Long Island Expressway (I-495):
-Take LIE Exit 68 to William Floyd Parkway (Highway 46) North
-Bear RIGHT at end of William Floyd Parkway onto Route 25A East.
-Continue on Route 25A.
-Turn LEFT at the light by the HESS Gas Station onto Wading River Manor Road.
-Bear LEFT at the end of the road onto North Country Road.
-Make a quick sharp RIGHT at the fire department onto North Wading River Road.
-Turn LEFT at the blue sign for Camp DeWolfe, onto North Side Road.
-Turn RIGHT at the sign for Camp DeWolfe

From Riverhead:
-Take Route 25 West.
-Turn RIGHT onto Route 25A West at the Sunoco Gas Station.
-Continue on Route 25A.
-Turn RIGHT at the light by the HESS Gas Station onto Wading River Manor Road.
-Bear LEFT at the end of the road onto North Country Road.
-Make a sharp RIGHT at the fire department onto North Wading River Road.
-Turn LEFT at the blue sign for Camp DeWolfe, onto North Side Road.
-Turn RIGHT at the sign for Camp DeWolfe.

 

Workshops

The Composition course includes workshops, held from October through May. The sessions explore the musical thought of a wide variety of composers, with a focus on instrumentation and orchestration. Examples are drawn from the vast classical repertoire and a range of musical traditions from throughout the world. Using tools such as study scores and orchestration books, the course aims to cultivate the students' own voices through class discussion, written exercises, and free composition.

Sessions have been led by composers and musicians, including John Corigliano, Maria Schneider, Stephen Sondheim and Michael Torke. Click here to see a complete list of NYYS Composition Guest Artists. Special thanks to ASCAP for their continued support of the Composition Program by hosting our composer workshop sessions, and to BMI for hosting the tutorials.

Practical Opportunities

In addition to workshops, students have opportunities to work directly with musicians to have their compositions performed.

Orchestration Reading
Each year, students compose new works for various ensembles, such as a string quartet, woodwind quintet, percussion trio, or clarinet ensemble. Orchestration Reading is a unique opportunity for five students to compose original works for chamber orchestra, read by DeCoda, comprised of Alumni of the Carnegie Hall/Juilliard Academy, performing side-by-side with the principal musicians of the New York Youth Symphony's Orchestra.

Composition Date Concert
At the annual Composition Date concert, original student compositions are performed by members of the New York Youth Symphony's Orchestra, Chamber Music, Jazz, and Apprentice Conducting programs.

Rehearsals

Click Here to view the schedule of rehearsals

Guest Lecturers

Guest lecturers scheduled for the 2014/2015 season include:

Julia Bullock
Rion Wentworth
Matthias Pintscher
David Fulmer
Samuel Adler
Caleb Burhans
Mark Shapiro

Auditions

Entrance to the program is determined through personal interview with the Directors. Interviews are held annually in September. Please check the auditions section of our website for application and audition information.