Composition Academy

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A Very Selective Program

With the arrival of composer Larry Alan Smith in 2006 as the Artistic and Executive Director of Wintergreen Performing Arts, it was natural that the Wintergreen Summer Music Academy would expand to include composition. The program is under Dr. Smith’s direction, and it will include intensive private and group study during the course of the four weeks. In addition to Larry Alan Smith, the composers-in-residence and visiting composers for the 2014 Composition Academy will be as follows:

2014 Composers-in-Residence

Photo: John Groo

Ken Steen (Weeks I & II) – The Hartt School of the University of Hartford (Photo credit: John Groo)


Ricardo Lorenz (Weeks III & IV) – College of Music, Michigan State University


Larry Alan Smith (Weeks I-IV) – The Hartt School of the University of Hartford

2014 Visiting Composer


Michael White (Weeks I & II) – The Juilliard School

Guest artists and the musicians of the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra will meet with the student composers for informal discussions about composition and career-related topics.

The 2014 Composition Academy will begin on Monday, July 7th, and it will end on Sunday, August 3rd. Academy members will be expected to arrive in Wintergreen on Sunday, July 6th.

The purpose of the Composition Academy is to expose a very limited number of extremely talented young composers to a wide variety of experiences. It is expected that the composers will be undergraduate or graduate students. Recent graduates are welcome to submit an application, and this is also true of advanced high school juniors and seniors. The composers will also have many opportunities to observe rehearsals and attend the performances of the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival.

Each student will receive five private lessons during the course of the four weeks (one lesson with Dr. Smith and four lessons with the composers-in-residence).

Each Composition Academy student will have a 10-minute work publicly performed by a string ensemble of the Academy at one of the five scheduled Academy Concerts. These are concerts that are a part of the festival, and they are open to the public.

Everyone accepted into the Academy will be expected to write a new work using an approved instrumentation. The parts and scores for all of the programmed works will be due no later than June 15th.

The work will be professionally recorded, and each composer will receive a CD of the work.

There will be several group masterclasses, seminars and classes per week that will be taught by Dr. Smith or other members of the faculty.

When possible, the masterclasses/seminars and the classes will be taught in the great outdoors on the mountain or in the Rockfish Valley.

In addition to the daily activities with the members of the String Academy, the student composers will interact with the Quartet Fellowship Program’s musicians, as well as the participants in the Flute Summit, Oboe Seminar and Trombone Workshop.

A typical day:

Mornings – Time to write music and/or attend orchestra rehearsals

Afternoons – Lessons, masterclasses, seminars and classes (Free time should be used for composition)

Evenings – Attend performances and late-night composition

All composers will be expected to have their own computers (and piano keyboards, if needed). They will also be expected to attend the majority of the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival performances.

Application Deadline:

Wintergreen Composition Academy – The deadline has passed, decisions have been made and all applicants have been notified of our decisions. There is currently a wait list for this program

If you have been accepted into the Composition Academy, and you still need to pay your deposit, please use the following:

Price: $500.00


Click here for an application.