The Young Composers Project
The Young Composers Project (YCP) is an established cornerstone of MIM’s education program. The innovative curriculum serves to instill passion for all music in the region’s youth. Students study composition, notation software, conducting, melodic and rhythmic dictation, theory, music history, solfege, rehearsal/performance, writing a resume, and public speaking. Students receive weekly one-on-one instruction and bi-monthly group lessons from September through June. Students present a mid-year recital of their original compositions for voice and one instrument of choice in January, at the New Songs for Midwinter concert. YCP culminates with the Young Composers Concerts, where student works are premiered by professional musicians as part of MIM’s summer festival.
This award-winning program kicks off early in the school year with youth from 6th grade through early college. The program consists of both Saturday classes and private lessons throughout the school year with composer/teacher, Mark Vance. The program consists of two divisions, Intermediate and Advanced.
During the ’14-’15 YCP year, the Young Composers Project was able to visit Animal Place, a sanctuary for factory farmed animals in Grass Valley. Students learned about the farm animal industry and how animals raised in factory farms are some of the most exploited and least protected group of animals. Students also saw the pastoral beauty at Animal Place and compassion there for all living creatures. Students used their thoughts and experiences to write music. This expressive and powerful new music was premiered in two concerts June 16 and 17, 7:30 pm at Peace Lutheran Church by the bay area’s Left Coast Ensemble as well as some of Nevada County’s finest musicians.