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Are you in high school and interested in composing for live instruments?

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Applying is quick and easy!

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About HSCI

Brightwork newmusic is thrilled to partner with composer Nina Shekhar to present the Project Beacon High School Composer Initiative which aims to identify and mentor young composers.  All students who are interested in composing for live instruments are encouraged to apply; we welcome students who have had the opportunity to study composition and those who haven’t yet. Students from groups that have been historically underrepresented in the field of classical music composition are especially encouraged to apply. Click here to learn more.


Program Highlights

  • No cost to apply or participate
  • Six-month program includes composition lessons, mentoring & workshops with Nina Shekhar and Brightwork newmusic
  • Small cohort of students (6-10)
  • Compose a piece for small ensemble: (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion)
  • Ends with performance and recording of your new piece in a public concert
Nina Shekhar working with students

Who Should Apply?

  • High school students living and going to school in Los Angeles County
  • Students who may not have prior experience composing for live instruments, but are interested in learning
  • Students who are passionate about music, play an instrument or sing and are curious about composing
  • Students who may not read music notation but have created songs, beats or musical projects using GarageBand, Scratch, Ableton or other music technologies
  • Students who create music as improvisers or songwriters, who may not label themselves as composers
Brightwork performs with LAYO
Brightwork performs with LAYO

Key Dates*

September 1, 2021: Applications Open

November 1, 2021: Applications Close

December 1, 2021: Acceptance Notifications

January 2022: Composition workshop and instrument demonstrations with a concert by Brightwork newmusic

January - June 2022: Mentoring & check-ins with composer Nina Shekhar and Brightwork newmusic

June 2022: New pieces by participants will be premiered and recorded by Brightwork newmusic in a public concert

*Due to the current pandemic, events may be rescheduled and/or moved entirely online.

Brightwork working with students at CSUF

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Applications are due by November 8th!

Project Beacon High School Composer Initiative is supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Helen F. Whitaker Fund, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Howard Gilman Foundation, Anonymous.

Check back soon for information on workshop and performance dates!

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