Click HERE to download the 2014-2015 Young Composers Project Application Form.

The Young Composers Project (YCP) teaches talented young Nevada County musicians grades junior high through college to study music software notation, melodic and rhythmic dictation, music theory and harmony, music history, conducting, public speaking and composition.  It kicks off early in the school year with interested youth from 6th grade through college. The program consists of both Saturday classes and private lessons throughout the school year with composers/teachers Mark Vance and Jerry Grant. The program consists of two divisions, Beginner/Intermediate and Intermediate/Advanced.

Students present a mid-year recital of their original compositions for voice and one instrument of choice in February, at the New Songs for Midwinter concert. The program culminates in June with the Young Composers Concerts. Here student works are premiered by professional musicians as part of MIM’s SummerFest.

During the ’13-’14 YCP year, students embarked on a special interdisciplinary curriculum with Sierra Streams Institute. To find out more about that collaboration and read student blogs: Prelude for Yuba Salmon..


This education program is funded in part by the League of American Orchestras and The Volgenau Foundation.

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