Composers' Retreat

July 24 - August 7, 2016

Open to student composers at the graduate and undergraduate level or advanced high school students with significant theory and composition training.

There are few places that are as idyllic as the Blue Ridge Mountains, where our composition students spend two weeks composing, working with esteemed faculty, and honing their craft. Students at the Composers' Retreat will participate in private lessons, group sessions, and numerous workshops. All composition students will be expected to have prepared a work in advance of the summer for an assigned instrumentation. That piece will be given a world premiere performance (with recording) by members of the String Chamber Music Academy. 


Daron Hagen - Chair of Composition Studies

Gilda Lyons - Composition Faculty


  • Application Fees: $45 on or before Feb 1, 2016/$65 Feb 2, 2016 and after
  • Tuition: $995 (scholarships available)
  • Room and Board: $800

What to expect

  • Private and group lessons in composition
  • Workshops on composing, career development, and orchestration
  • A world premiere performance and professional recording of your prepared work, played by students in the String Chamber Music Academy and coached by members of the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra and Composition Academy faculty
  • Time to compose in the inspiring setting of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Application Deadlines & audition info

February 1 – Early Bird Deadline

March 1 – application review begins.  Applications submitted after this date will be reviewed as positions are available.

Visit and choose the Composers' Retreat from the dropdown menu for complete audition requirements.


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