Composition Program

A project of the AMF Institute's Center for New Music, the pre-college composition program, is a summer intensive for composers between 13 and 17.

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

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

  • Participate in AMF Chorus

  • 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

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Robert Beaser

The Juilliard School

Martin Bresnick

Yale School of Music

Sergi Casanelles

[Screen Scoring] New York University

Christopher Dobrian

[Future Music Lab] University of California Irvine

Reiko Fueting

Manhattan School of Music

Pierre Jalbert

Rice University

Mari Kimura

[The MUGIC™ Lab] The Juilliard School, UC Irvine

David Ludwig

Curtis Institute of Music

George Tsontakis

Bard College Conservatory of Music

Zhou Long

University of Missouri Kansas City

* 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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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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Festival Choir

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 Requirements

Those interested should complete the online application and upload the following material via our online application site.

  • Submit 1-3 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.

Center for New Music

Shaping the Future of Music

For over a decade, the Composition Program has catalyzed innovation in classical music through more than 500 world premiere performances and groundbreaking programs such as the Future Music Lab, which began as an official collaboration with IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique).

All-Access Learning

Access courses outside your primary area of focus

Our online master calendar makes it easy to audit open courses from any of our programs, even outside your discipline. From topics as interdisciplinary as music business and audition technique to acting and baroque interpretation, learning opportunities are everywhere.

Summer 2022 Season


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