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 I wanted to thank you very much for the wonderful, enriching opportunities through Composers project and your dedication to their learning. It’s such an enriching experience for our son. I’m grateful! - parent of young composer

This class is for students 12 to 25 years of age.

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​During this 9-month program, students:​

  • 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

    • Saturday Classes: tba

  • Weekly private composition lessons – individually scheduled

  • Composers Project concerts tba

  • Rehearsal dates to be determined

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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.

The 2021-22 season applications will open in June.

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.  

Questions? Please contact Mark Vance, InConcert Sierra Education Director

(530) 273-3990 or email:


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

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

or email Mark at