High School Composition Intensive (HSCI)

Boston
Ages 15-19
Boston Conservatory at Berklee High School Composition Intensive is a two-week program designed to challenge and engage students who are serious about music composition. Young composers will receive individualized lessons and coachings from acclaimed faculty and guest artists who will help them build a toolbox of techniques essential to developing a compositional voice.  By the end of the program, each student composer will have developed a portfolio of three works that includes properly notated scores and accompanying audio recordings, performed by the program’s professional ensembles in residence. Students will leave the program with greater confidence in their skills and creativity as composers.
Dates
July 17-July 29
Arrival Date / Time
Coming Soon
Move-out
Coming Soon
Tuition
$2,130
Housing
$1,395
Registration fee
$50 (nonrefundable)
 

How to Enroll

  1. Submit your registration.* Begin by submitting your registration online. If applicable, you may need to submit additional supporting materials.
  2. Make your tuition payment by June 1.* All programs have limited capacity, so be sure to complete your full tuition payment to reserve your space in the program.
  3. Request housing. If you will be age 15 or older by the start of your program and require on-campus accommodations, complete the Residence Hall Contract in the Next Steps tab of your registration portal .

*Please note: This program has limited capacity. Submission of registration materials alone does not guarantee participation in the program. You will secure your spot by paying in full. When the program capacity has been reached, registrants who have not paid in full will be placed on a waitlist.

Curriculum

Over the course of the two-week program, you'll compose three pieces which will be workshopped and recorded by professional musicians and ensembles. You'll leave the program with a strong portfolio of new works which you can share with friends and family, and use for college applications if you wish. We're very proud to maintain a 5 to 1 student to faculty ratio, meaning you'll receive ample support and individual attention during the composition and rehearsal process.

We'll assist you in working efficiently by giving you prompts for inspiration. We'll also have daily studio lessons where you'll get feedback on your work, have your questions answered, and receive encouragement. It's good training as a composer to be able to write quickly when you don't have the luxury of waiting for inspiration to strike; we'll help you build proactive ways of expressing your musical ideas. 

 

Young composers will receive individualized lessons and coachings from acclaimed faculty and guest artists who will help them build a toolbox of techniques essential to developing a compositional voice. This includes:

  • Learning how to write quickly and effectively
  • Acquiring rehearsal techniques
  • Developing communication skills for collaborating with professional musicians and colleagues
  • Receiving feedback on revising scores

 

Schedule

Below is a sample schedule.

Monday

Activities

8 AM–10 AM

Student Orientation

10 AM–11 AM

Welcome Meeting

1 PM–2 PM

Studio Lessons

4 PM–5 PM

Piano Reading

6:30 PM–7:30 PM

Piano Reading

8 PM–9 PM

Broadcast: Piano

Tuesday

Activities

9 AM–10 AM

Studio Lessons

10 AM–11 AM

Museum Trip

4 PM–5 PM

Piano Recording

6PM–7:30 PM

Piano Recording

8 PM–9 PM

Writing for woodwinds/percussion

Wednesday

Activities

9 AM - 10 AM

Studio Lessons

10 AM–11 AM

Faculty Presentation

4 PM–5:00 PM

Duo Reading

6:30 PM–7:30 PM

Duo Reading

8 PM–9 PM

Concert: Transient Canvas

Thursday

Activities

9 AM - 10 AM

Studio Lessons

10 AM–11 AM

Faculty Presentation

4 PM–5 PM

Duo Reading

6:30 PM–7:30 PM

Duo Reading

8 PM–9 PM

Concert: Transient Canvas

Friday

Activities

9 AM–10 AM

Studio Lessons

10 AM–11 AM

Faculty Presentation

4 PM–5 PM

Group Improvisation

6:30 PM–7:30 PM

Group Improvisation

8 PM–9 PM

Concert: Transient Canvas

Saturday

Activities

10 AM–11 AM

Duo Recording

1 PM–2 PM

Duo Recording

4 PM–5 PM

String Quartet Presentation

Schedule is subject to change.

Performance Opportunities

A final concert will also be broadcasted online so friends and family can tune in from anywhere.

Requirements

Students ages 15 to 18 with some foundation in music composition.

Program-Specific Details

Students interested in registering for this program should prepare the following materials:

  • PDF scores of two original compositions
  • Two links to audio recordings of your compositions. MIDI-based performances are acceptable if a live recording is not available. Your submissions should be three to five minutes in length.

Instructions on how to submit your materials are available in the online registration portal.

Once You've Enrolled

Once you're enrolled visit our Next Steps for Enrolled Students to make sure you have everything you need for your program.

Check your email for important information

  • You should continue to check the email that you used to enroll in the program for important information.
  • You will receive a detailed check-in email with information regarding your assigned arrival location, housing assignment, and a link to view your program schedule one to two weeks prior to the start date of your program.
  • When you arrive on campus, you will receive additional program information to guide you through your program.

What to pack 

  • A laptop with notation software, or manuscript paper and a pencil
  • A notebook
  • Two-three objects from home that you can use to make noise with. Bring things that are lightweight, easy to carry in one hand, and on which you can make a few different sounds at different volumes. For instance, you might bring a bowl, a shoebox, a wooden cup, etc.
  • Review our list of instruments and gear to bring to your program in this knowledge base article
  • If you are staying on campus, you can reference this packing list with any additional items you’ll need while attending your program.