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 and composition. The program 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.

This summer, YCP will be held in person from June 16-22, 2024 and will include:

  • Nine classes covering a variety of subjects, including music theory, music history/repertoire, electronic music, and improvisation
  • One 45-minute lesson with a faculty member
  • Each enrolled student will compose one piece for a solo instrument or small ensemble
  • Performance and recording of the student's piece
  • Faculty presentations of their music

Tuition & Fees

Application Fee: $35 (non-refundable)
Tuition: $1250
Housing: $450*
Dining: $300

Deposit: $300 non-refundable enrollment deposit is due upon accepting your admission offer. This deposit will be applied toward the total tuition due.

All travel expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

*Note: If you are local to Cleveland and don't need housing, this charge can be removed, but everyone is required to pay dining costs to cover meals provided during the program.

Application Requirements

The application for Summer 2024 is now open!

Applicants are required to submit CIM's online application, the application fee, and the accompanied materials listed below.

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.