The Young Composers Program (YCP) is a one-week course offering students ages 14-19 the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of contemporary music. The program, typically held in June, is directed by CIM's head of composition, the highly regarded composer and teacher Keith Fitch. YCP helps composition students learn about the field of new music while developing creative and professional skills.

2020 Virtual Programming

This summer, YCP will be held virtually and include:

  • Nine classes featuring a variety of subjects, including music theory, music history/repertoire and improvisation. 
  • One 45-minute lesson with a faculty member. 
  • Each enrolled student will compose one piece for a solo instrument and participate in a workshop with the performer prior to YCP week.
  • Additional workshop and performance of the student's piece.
  • Faculty presentations of their music.

Tuition & Fees:

Based on the changes we have made to our traditional format, YCP tuition has been reduced to $600, plus a $50 technology fee. A $300 deposit is due upon accepting your admissions offer. The remainder of your tuition is due by June 1.

Application Requirements

Applicants are required to submit an online application and the accompanied materials listed below. YCP is no longer accepting applications for 2020. 

Required Scores

Include scores of 1 to 3 original works. Works “in progress” are acceptable, but at least one work must be complete. Mark all scores clearly with the composer’s name. Your score(s) will be scanned and uploaded to your online application. Please do not send original manuscripts—send only photocopies, printouts or PDFs. The Young Composers Program is not responsible for lost or damaged scores. Scores should be appropriately legible.

Reference Letter

Applicants should ask a music teacher or mentor who is familiar with their musicianship to write a brief reference letter addressing the applicant’s talent, desire, work habits and reliability. Multiple references are allowed. Reference letter(s) will be submitted online along with the application.