Welcome to Music-Comp

Welcome to Music-COMP, Music Composition Online Mentoring Program. Our mission is to serve students in composition through online mentoring with professional composers and live performances of student work. We provide teachers with professional development  through workshops, courses and online training. Music-COMP also develops and shares resources in composition.

Music-COMP is at a crossroads in this our 20th year. We need your input through this survey to help us determine our future. If you're a parent, student or a community member with an interest in our program, please click here.

Teacher survey click here.

Ethan Duncan World Premier with the VSO

NEW - audio recording from the VSO Farmer's Night Concert

Ethan Duncan joined Music-COMP as an Independent Study student last year in seventh grade. Now an experienced student composer of 12 years of age, he's achieved something quite extraordinary. Jaime Laredo, music director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, led a small ensemble of strings and woodwinds in a world premier of Ethan's new work titled A Year in Vermont. The work was included in the David. M. Wilson Memorial Farmer's Night concert at the State House on January 21, 2015.

The Times/Argus featured Ethan and Maestro Laredo, on their front page with the title, His Mark on the World. Thanks to Jeb Wallace-Brodeur and the Times/Argus for this photo.

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Ethan described A Year in Vermont for string and wind ensemble:"The four sections of the piece are meant to represent the four seasons we see and experience in my home state."

Recently Ethan reflected on the experience, "I found that the VSO Farmer's Night event was a fantastic way to spread the word about my composition and the Music-COMP program. Erik Nielsen was very helpful to my piece because, honestly, I really need it to be heard by someone else before it's performed because normally, you hear what you want to hear and there are mistakes that I don't catch that mentors, and their experienced ears, do. I would recommend this event in the future to anyone who would like a chance to further their composition careers because it's public and people really appreciate the music."

Opus 29 concert

Opus 29 featuring 23 new works created by students in grades 3-12 from 21 different schools in Vermont, Virginia, and Pennsylvania was a delightful event. Students gathered together on Monday, January 12, 2015 at the Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael's College in Colchester for rehearsals beginning at noon and concurrent workshops. The concert at 6:30 pm was a rousing success. Watch the Opus 29 page under Performances for the posting of all audio recordings soon. There's also a button there to order the full concert video recording. Order by February 15th please.

NEW - Audio recordings are posted with student descriptions of their work.

It's the beginning of Music-COMP's 20th year anniversary 1995-2015.

It's the Year of the Arts in Vermont and 50 years of the Vermont Arts Council.

A double celebration!

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Professional Development for Teachers

Upcoming Online Course Topics and Dates:

January 12- February 23 - Review and Implementation of the new National Core Music Standards (in progress)

January 19 - March 26 - Blogging for your Music Education Community (in progress)

March 30 - May 11 - Noteflight: Notation Software in the Cloud

March 30 - May 11 - iPads in Music Classrooms

More information and registration links for Notation and iPads here.

Save the date for our Annual Music and Technology Summer Institute

Monday, July 20 - Friday July 24, 2015 at Champlain College in Burlington with optional graduate credit through Castleton State College.

Registration and more information available by end of January.


Alumni Feature

We celebrate the past and current achievements of 25 of our alumni. pic alumni bookThe impetus to reflect with them came as we prepared for Opus 25 held on January 7, 2013. Read their thoughts on participating in Music-COMP, find out what each is doing now, and hear some of their early works.

Periodically, we'll highlight one or two of our alumni. August's Vermont Public Radio Student Showcase Alumni Feature highlighted Matt Podd. We've included Matt's 25for25 alumni page below as well as his twin brother Adam who is also mentioned in the broadcast.

Link to the Vermont Public Radio Classical's feature.

Matt's alumni page and early recordings.

Adam's alumni page and early recordings.

Link to the full publication featuring all 25 alumni or click image.

Featured Alumni and Hometowns:

Alan Beaudry Derby VT
Eve Boltax Montpelier VT
Leon Campos Greensboro VT
Eli Chalmers Montpelier VT
Hannah Chambers Derby Line VT
Nicolas Chlebak Springfield VT
Bob Couture Westfield VT
Andy Gagnon Hardwick VT
Colin Gliech Burlington VT
Benji Goldsmith New York NY
Josh Clinger Lowell VT
Christina Koller Bridport VT
Mavis McNeil Greensboro VT
Joshua Morris St. Albans VT
Morgan Moscati Falls Church VA
Holly Mugford Randolph VT
Adam Podd Newport VT
Matt Podd Newport VT
Kyle Quirion Holland VT
Sam Schiavone Greensboro VT
Moxie Schults Norwich VT
Zach Sheets Norwich VT
Rachael Sherman Montpelier VT
Emily Vigne Monkton VT
Sylvia Woodmansee Westfield VT