"HSCI is such a fantastic experience that connects young composers with performers, something that is vital when learning how to write music. I always advocate for composers to get acquainted with instrumentalists, and Boston Conservatory's High School Composition program really achieves this."—Charles (Former HSCI Participant; Finalist Award Winner, National Young Arts Awards)
Summer 2019 Dates Coming Soon
High School Composition Intensive (HSCI) is a two-week program designed to challenge and engage students who are serious about music composition. Young composers will take part in a rigorous daily practice of composition through faculty-led private and studio composition lessons.
During the program, participants will build a toolbox of techniques that are essential on the path to finding their voice. Students will learn how to write quickly and effectively with limited time to wait for "inspiration to strike." They will discover the rehearsal techniques of professional musicians and ensembles and will have an opportunity to attend lectures by working composers on their music and processes.
Ultimately, each student composer will develop a portfolio of works for collegiate applications and experience their work being performed by professional musical ensembles.
By the end of this two-week intensive, students will have an improved fluency in notating their compositions, and greater confidence in their skill and creativity as composers.
Who Should Apply
High school students, ages 15 to 18, with some foundation in music composition.
Faculty and Guest Instructors
High School Composition Intensive is led by Boston Conservatory Associate Professor of Core Studies John Murphree. Faculty and guest instructors for the 2019 program will be announced this spring.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees for this program will be announced shortly.
Housing and meals are required for participation in this program—students may take advantage of the Conservatory’s on-campus housing and meal plan offerings for an additional fee, or may request a waiver if proof of alternate housing and meal arrangements can be presented.
How to Apply
Students interested in applying to this program should prepare the following materials:
- One letter of recommendation (teachers, music or otherwise, including band or chorus conductors)
- Scores of between two and five works (hard copy submissions are also accepted)
- Include recordings of your works, if available (MIDI is acceptable if a live recording is not available.) For each recording submitted, you must include an accompanying score. Each recording can be as large as 5GB. Students are advised against mailing original recordings, as all materials submitted become the property of Boston Conservatory at Berklee and cannot be returned.
- One short essay (200–400 words) describing your musical interests
Instructions on how to submit your application are available in the online application portal. Create your account to begin your application now.
June 1, 2019