Who will lead the class?
The project is led by Jon
Deak. He created the concept and has been directing the Very Young
Composers Project for the New York Philharmonic and at international sites for over 20 years.
Co-leaders of the project are Sandy Weyers, Schuyler Pietz, Emily Kiefer, Alli Gostomski, and Emma Bernhagen, veteran
elementary school music teachers in the Stevens Point Area Public School
The program director is Robert
Rosen, Professor Emeritus of the UWSP Department of Music and Aaron Marx, assistant director. UWSP Music Faculty Mathew Buchman and Stacy Berk will also assist with the project.
UWSP music majors will provide assistance
functioning as Teaching Artists under the guidance of the project leaders.
What are the Dates and Times?
The classes, for 4th and 5th grade students only,
will be held from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Noel Fine Arts Center at UW-Stevens Point.
Classes will be held three days a week (Monday,
Tuesday, Thursday plus two Friday classes on January 6 & 13) beginning on January 3, 2017 and run for three weeks ending on
January 23, 2017. The rehearsal of the Young Composer's compositions will be on Sunday January 22, 2017 beginning at 2 p.m. ending at 8 p.m. On that Sunday, each Young Composer will be assigned a 30-minute time window to attend the rehearsal of their composition.
Participating students must attend all three classes
each week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday plus the two Friday classes on January 6 & 13) from January 3 through January 23 and
the rehearsal on January 22 for a total of 12 classes.
Who Can Enroll for the Class?
Any 4th or 5th grade
student from any public, private, parochial or home school may register for the
class. Enrollment is limited to 30 students.
Prior music background is not
required. Only a desire to participate is needed.
Participating students must
attend all three classes each week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday plus the two Friday classes on January 6 & 13) from January 3,
2017 through January 23, 2017.
Registration (Enrollment limited to 30 students)
Registration begins on
October 1, 2016 and ends on November 1, 2016.
Beginning October 1, parents can
register their child on-line through the UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education and Outreach website or
by printing a registration form that is also available on October 1.
There is a $30 non-refundable
registration fee once the student is officially accepted into the program. No fees will be collected during the initial registration process. The fee will be collected once the final program roster is set. The fee will be waived for students who qualify for free or
reduced lunch. There are no other fees to take the class.
As part of the registration, each
student is required to write a brief statement (50 words or less) saying why he
or she would like to participate in this experience.
Due to space limitations, parents
are strongly encouraged to find an alternate activity while their child attends
All appropriate and complete
registrations submitted by the registration deadline (November 1) will be accepted on a
first-come, first-served basis.
A waiting list will be
established for registrations above 30.
Electronic Keyboards Provided
Each student will be
provided with an electronic keyboard that they will be able to take home for
The keyboards will be
returned at the conclusion of the three week class except for those students who
continue and expand their compositions for the spring
Parents are asked to call
715-346-3107 if their child will
miss a class due to illness or family emergency. Otherwise attendance is
For more information contact:
Robert Rosen, UWSP Department of Music