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 12-25 years of age

Zoom meetings begin Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 • 4:30pm

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
  • Depending on COVID-19 situation – 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.
  • Cooperate in an inter-disciplinary partnership:
    Explore collaboration in the community with a local non-profit organization. Students draw compositional inspiration from this experience. Non-profit yet to be determined.

Expectations include:

  • Completion of required homework assignments and attendance on field trips (as available)
  • 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 October 10, 10:00am ­‐12:00pm
  • Weekly private composition lessons – individually scheduled
  • Composers Project concerts – Sunday, March 14, and again in June (date to be determined)
  • Rehearsal dates to be determined

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: $1,075 new students
$ 975 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.)

Payment plans are available.

Our 2021-22 season applications will be available in June, 2021.

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





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