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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

Seventeen inspiring compositions were premiered during Poetry in Song, the first concert of the 2022 Composers Project. Watch it here: 

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 in October 

    • 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.


Classes will meet on the following Saturdays between 10:00 and 12:00:

  • September 18, 2021

  • October 2, 2021

  • October 16, 2021

  • October 23, 2021

  • November 13, 2021

  • November 27, 2021

  • December 4, 2021

  • December 18, 2021

  • January 8, 2022

  • January 22, 2022

  • February 5, 2022

  • February 19, 2022

  • March 5, 2022

  • March 19, 2022

  • April 9, 2022

  • April 23, 2022

  • May 14, 2022

  • May 28, 2022

  • March - Poetry in Song

  • June - Composers Project InConcert rehearsal/performance TBA

Please note these dates may be rescheduled.

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

or email Mark at