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Summary:Young Composer Seminar
Deadline: 15 March 2013
Date Posted: 10 February 2013
Open to Composers Ages 15-24 · June 25 to July 28, 2013

The Rocky Ridge Young Artist Seminar Composer Workshop is a five-week session consisting of private lessons, master classes, composition forums, seminars, and performances and readings of the participants’ works. Participants study with Composer-in-Residence Robert Paterson and attend master classes with distinguished visiting composers, Sydney Hodkinson and David Ludwig.

The Composer Workshop offers a program for up to ten composers in a tightly knit community that encourages lasting musical connections. Composers work closely with teachers and colleagues alike, and the intimate size of the festival provides a perfect setting for artistic exploration and musical growth.

• Composers attend weekly composition forums, seminars, and two 45-minute lessons per week. Composition forums typically include score and recording study in a group setting, as well as other topics such as music notation, score and part preparation and discussions on preparing for careers as composers.
• Composers have final works performed and professionally recorded live by faculty in the Rocky Ridge Contemporary Music Ensemble (“RockME”).
• Composers are encouraged to minor in an instrument to create additional opportunities for performance and study in both chamber ensembles and orchestra.
• Classes with performance faculty, including possible work in music theory, musicology, and other subjects
• Composers study and compose in the intimate, rustic setting of the Rocky Ridge Music Center, surrounded by the breathtaking backdrop of the Colorado Rockies.
• Composition Lab: USB keyboard work stations and a wireless tabloid printer (also USB equipped). The Composition Lab is staffed by the on-call RRMC Composition Assistant. Access to the RRMC Music Library is also available.
• Composers are active participants in the Rocky Ridge musical community and are a part of concerts, outdoor activities, master classes, and many other events.

TO APPLY: submit 2-3 scores (PDF’s only). Recordings are strongly encouraged, but not necessary. One letter of recommendation from a qualified music teacher is also required (waived for returning students). Non-refundable $75 Application fee (payment online). Scholarships and work-study are available based on merit and need of applicants.

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Application Deadlines
Complete applications received by Feb 15 will receive priority placement and consideration for merit scholarships and financial aid, as well as a $50 early bird tuition discount. Applications will be accepted on a space available basis up to two weeks prior to the start of each session. Some instrument sections fill early so check with the RRMC office if you are uncertain of availability.

Acceptance and Scholarship Decisions
Notifications will go out by March 1 for complete applications received by February 15.
Notifications will go out by April 1 for complete applications received by March 15.
After that, applications will be accepted on a space available basis. Notifications will go out within 2 weeks of receipt of complete applications.

If accepted, students are expected to complete up to half of a 5-8 minute work (but not the entire work) for RockME before they arrive. Composers may choose from 2 to 6 of the following instruments/voices: baritone voice, flute, clarinet, violin(s), viola, cello and piano. Students accepted to the program are required to bring their own wireless enabled laptops running either Finale or Sibelius. Composers may also bring other pieces they are working on and/or recently completed for review in lessons.

RRMC Composition Assistant position
One full tuition scholarship, free room and board available to a talented emerging composer, age 21-35. Applicants must have completed at least a bachelor’s degree in composition and should be familiar with either Sibelius or Finale, preferably both, and should be comfortable addressing technology related issues, both with Macs and PCs. The Composition Assistant will be expected to maintain and staff the Composition Lab, answer basic notation and set-up questions, assist composers with networking and printing, set up electronic equipment for the master classes, forums and music history seminars. The Composition Assistant will work closely with Robert Paterson, and will have an opportunity to have a work performed and recorded for archival use by RockME. Composers interested in this position should submit materials electronically as PDFs and e-audio, including the application form, 2-3 scores with matching recordings, a resume (including music software experience), a list of works and performances and confidential letter of recommendation from a composition teacher. Apply online at

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