Composers Project with Mark Vance

“It’s not that people don’t like classical music. It’s that they don’t have the chance to understand and to experience it.”
– Gustavo Dudamel













This class is for ages 12-20 years of age

Classes begin Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019

During this 9-month program, you will:

  • Learn about and enjoy hands-on experience with…
    composing your own works, music theory, notation, melodic and rhythmic dictation, harmony, counterpoint, text setting, conducting, music history, writing for instrument families, public speaking, and writing a resume
  • Learn to use and work with: “Finale” notation software
  • Work with and meet: visiting musicians and established composers/arrangers
  • Attend and evaluate professional concerts of the following presenters:  InConcert Sierra, Nevada County Composers Cooperative, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Met Opera Live (shown at Sierra Cinemas), and other rehearsals and/or performances.
    (FREE admission to NCCC and InConcert Sierra concerts throughout the 2019-20 season.)
  • Cooperate in an inter-disciplinary partnership:
    Explore collaboration in the community with a local non-profit organization (Sierra Harvest). Students draw compositional inspiration from this experience.

Expectations include:

  • Completion of required homework assignments and attendance on field trips
  • Two completed compositions to be performed by professional musicians –
    1) voice and an instrument of your choice; 2) instrumental solo or ensemble


  • Twice a month classes on Saturdays starting September 14, 10:00am ­‐12:00pm
    • Saturday Classes: Sept 14, Sept 28, Oct 5, Oct 19, Nov 2, Nov 16, Dec 7, Dec 21, Jan 4, Jan 18, Feb 1, Feb 14, Mar 7, Mar 21, Apr 4, Apr 18, May 2, May 16, and possibly May 30 
  • Weekly private composition lessons – individually scheduled
  • Composers Project matinee concerts:  Sunday, Feb 2 and Sunday, June 14
  • Rehearsal dates to be determined

Important concert dates to be aware of:

This is a course you will want to include on your college and scholarship applications and on job resumes.  In addition, you will meet some influential people who may be instrumental in your pursuit of your musical goals, while attending concerts that you may otherwise never hear. An experience of a lifetime!

First time students will be contacted to schedule a placement interview.

Tuition: $1,050 new students
$ 950 former students of Mark Vance’s composition workshops

Refer a friend and you and your friend will each receive a $50 credit (both must enroll in the program.)

Please fill out and submit the online form.

Payment plans are available.  Please fill out the online form and InConcert Sierra will contact you to create a personalized payment plan.

Questions? Please contact Mark Vance, InConcert Sierra Education Director
(530) 273-3990 or email:





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