Pre-College
Composition Program

A project of the AMF Institute's Center for New Music, the pre-college composition program, is a summer intensive for composers under 18.

During the six weeks, composers gain valuable experience through weekly lessons, daily seminars, and masterclasses. Each participant works toward the goal of premiering a new work written for one of our resident ensembles.

The program leverages groundbreaking courses offered by our collegiate level Composition Program and provides additional fundamentals courses essential for pre-college aged participants, including theory and ear training.

Those enrolled for four weeks or more have access to our Screen Scoring and Future Music Lab programs. Full-summer composers are eligible to participate in various reading sessions scheduled throughout the summer, including orchestra reading sessions.

Program Highlights

  • Receive weekly private lessons from our celebrated artist-faculty members

  • Participate in our weekly seminars and masterclasses

  • Take advantage of collegiate level seminars and masterclasses offered by the AMF Institute

  • Our programs are modular and allow students the flexibility to choose from our various course offerings

  • Attend open rehearsals and concerts scheduled throughout the season

  • Opportunities for performances including solo, chamber music, orchestra, opera, and theatrical productions

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Artist-Faculty

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Pierre Jalbert

Rice University

Christopher Dobrian

University of California Irvine

Zhou Long

University of Missouri Kansas City

Mari Kimura

Juilliard School, UC Irvine

Chen Yi

University of Missouri Kansas City

Sergi Casanelles

New York University

George Tsontakis

Bard College Conservatory of Music

Reiko Fueting

Manhattan School of Music

David Ludwig

Curtis Institute of Music

Melinda Wagner

Juilliard School

Martin Bresnick

Yale School of Music

* We are in the process of finalizing our Artist-faculty roster. This list may change without notice.

Program Electives

In addition to the core program, participants may take advantage of the following electives available during the festival season.
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Musical Theater Workshop

The workshop trains students in voice, acting, and dance to put on a staged production of musicals written and directed by the alums of the world-renowned BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

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Future Music Lab

The project began as an official collaboration with IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique). Access unique courses including Programming for Musicians, MaxMSP Bootcamp, and electronic music seminars.

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Festival Chorus

The Atlantic Music Festival Choir is a special place where participants from all backgrounds are welcome to join in and come together as one to create a beautiful choral landscape. The choir takes on a range of repertoire, covering great choral works of the past as well as groundbreaking new works.

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Audition Intensive

Audition Intensive is a special program designed for students preparing for an upcoming audition at a conservatory or a musical institution. The goal of the program is to help participants channel their focus during the festival in order to create a successful audition portfolio during and after the festival season.

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MUGIC™ Lab

The project began as an official collaboration with IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique). Access unique courses including Programming for Musicians, MaxMSP Bootcamp, and electronic music seminars.

Audition Requirements

To apply, complete the online application and upload the following material via our online application site.

  • Submit 1-2 representative scores and accompanying recordings (if available).

  • Recommendations are optional.

Please see Application Procedures for detailed instructions. If you would like to inquire further about the program, please contact us.

AMF 2022 ONLINE APPLICATION