A workshop for high school students curious about pursuing composition as a serious hobby or vocation.

A lot of people say that they have music running around inside their heads, even when their iPods are on the blink and they aren't within earshot of a stereo system. Does this sort of thing ever happen to you? Now here’s the really big question: Are any of those tunes ones that you make up? If so, might you be a composer?

If you are curious to find out more about what it means to be write music – what sort of things you need to learn, what sorts of gifts you need to already have, and what sorts of opportunities there are for composers – why not come explore such things at a workshop at Calvin College?

Means and Methods

  • How composers compose
  • Inspiration vs. perspiration
  • Emerging technology

Talent and Teaching

  • What composers need to possess
  • What composers need to learn
  • What composers might expect at college
  • What young composers can do now

Composition as a Calling

  • Scratching the itch
  • The composer’s audience
  • Careers involving composition

After a free lunch, students will have an opportunity to present music they have written for comments. The workshop is free, but limited to 15 students.

When & Where

October 22, 2016 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Covenant Fine Arts Center | Rm #252
Calvin College
3201 Burton St SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49546 [map]

Contact & Workshop Leader

David Fuentes

David Fuentes

(Theory and Composition)
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Registration Form

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1. How many hours a week do you spend practicing, performing, and/or writing music?
2. Have you taken music lessons? What instrument? For how long?
3. Why are you interested in this workshop?
4. Describe any music you have composed.
5. Are you interested in presenting one of your pieces during the workshop? If so, describe the piece, including its length.