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 Orchestra for the past 15
Co-leaders of the project are Sandy Weyers, Schuyler Gardner, and Emily Kiefer, veteran
elementary school music teachers in the Stevens Point Area Public School
The administrative director of the project is Robert
Rosen, Professor Emeritus with the UW-Stevens Point Department of Music with
additional assistance from UW-Stevens Point music faculty - Charles
Story, and Patrick Lawrence.
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 one Friday class on January 8) beginning on January 4, 2016 and run for three weeks ending on
January 25, 2016. The rehearsal of the Young Composer's compositions will be on Sunday January 24, 2016 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 one Friday class on January 8) from January 4 through January 25 and
the rehearsal on January 24 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 one Friday class on January 8) from January 4,
2016 through January 25, 2016.
Registration (Enrollment limited to 30 students)
- Registration begins on
October 1, 2015 and ends on November 1, 2015.
- 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. 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
715-346-2229 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