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2017 Summer Composition Intensive
2017 Application

The 2016 Summer Composition Intensive dates are:
Monday July 11 through Friday July 22
Presenter details will be posted soon.
Contact Zae Munn directly with questions.


**Everything below happened last summer**

Saint Mary's College
Summer Composition Intensive 2015
July 6-July 17, 2015
The application period has ended.

Twelve days of presentations, workshops, and lessons for sixteen composers, age 18 and over. You will work intensively with four engaging and experienced composer-teachers to develop new skills and expand old ones in a stimulating and supportive work environment. Topics will be wide-ranging and challenging, and related workshops will provide hands-on experiences appropriate for participants with a variety of backgrounds, including those with an interest in developing composition teaching materials.

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P.Q. Phan
Guest Composer

Hannah Lash
Guest Composer

Paul Salerni
Guest Composer



Zae Munn

Resident Composer
Contact Zae by email with questions about
the Summer Composition Intensive.


Joshua Marquez
Intensive Associate




Thomas Snydacker, saxophones
Guest Instrumentalist
Thomas Snydacker will come for two separated days.  Based on the first day's presentation and workshop,
participants will write short studies, and these will be read, critiqued, and recorded over the course of the second day.

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The application period begins Jan. 1, 2015 and ends Mar. 1, 2015. The application consists of:

Online application form
2 scores and audio files
2 recommenders and their email contact info
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Topics will be listed here, as Guest Composers declare them...


• Liberating the music in the text
• Crossing the pop/classical divide
• Writing for one player, multiple saxophones
• Texture: depth in music

• Writing for saxophone in orchestra
• Moving the familiar into the alien
• Balancing architecture and emotion
• Joining musical cultures


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The Summer Composition Intensive will take place at Saint Mary's College, with meetings in the modern, air-conditioned Music Lab, Music Seminar Room, and faculty offices. 
• A typical day will include a morning presentation that leads into a workshop; lunch with participants and instructors; afternoon private lessons and workshop continuation; late afternoon master class based on workshop results; dinner; post-dinner presentations of compositions by participants and guests; off-campus activities.
Saint Mary's College is located in South Bend, Indiana, just off the I80/90 toll road, and easily accessible by car, Amtrak, Chicago South Shore train, and air.  By car, it is 1 1/2 hrs. from Chicago and Kalamazoo, and 3 hours from Indianapolis and Ann Arbor.
Check-in date will be Monday July 6, with instruction beginning that evening, and check-out date will be Friday July 17, with instruction ending in the afternoon.
Instructional fee will be $500
• 3 housing options:
    1) neighborhood residences (ca. $100 total)
    2) dorm, not air conditioned (ca. $20 per night)
    3) Waterford Estates Lodge ($49 per night single, $59 per night double; includes breakfast))
• Meals in the Dining Hall will cost approximately $4 breakfast, $6 lunch, $8 dinner. Plan on lunch with the group, but other meals can be elsewhere.