Very Young Composers Project


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January 5 - 26, 2015
Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays (plus one Friday class on January 9)
4 p.m.-6 p.m.

Classes are held at: 
Noel Fine Arts Center, 
1800 Portage St, Stevens Point, WI 54481 

Registration is now closed. Thank you for your interest, but we are no longer accepting registrations.
The 30 person registration maximum and the 15 person waitlist maximum have been reached.

What is the Very Young Composers Project?

Fourth and fifth grade students will create original music that will be performed by an ensemble of six musicians from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. This will be accomplished during a four-week after school class beginning on January 5, 2015.

Later, the students will have the opportunity to expand their composition with full orchestration for symphony orchestra or wind ensemble. These expanded compositions will be performed by either the SPASH Orchestra or the SPASH Wind Ensemble in the spring of 2015.

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The video below describes the project as it has been done in New York through the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and introduces Jon Deak, the project leader.

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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 years.

Co-leaders of the project are Sandy Weyers, Schuyler Gardner, Emily Kiefer, and Brent Platta, veteran elementary school music teachers in the Stevens Point Area Public School District.

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 - Judy Bond, Charles Young, David Story, and Patrick Lawrence.

University 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 9) beginning on January 5, 2015 and run for three weeks ending on January 26, 2015.  The rehearsal of the Young Composer's compositions will be on Sunday January 25, 2015 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 9) from January 5 through January 26 and the rehearsal on January 25 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 9) from January 5, 2015 through January 26, 2015.

Registration (Enrollment limited to 30 students)

  • Registration begins on October 1, 2014 and ends on November 1, 2014.
  • 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.
  • There is a $25 non-refundable registration fee. The fee will be waived for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.
  • 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.
  • There are no other fees to take the class.
  • Due to space limitations, parents are strongly encouraged to find an alternate activity while their child attends the class.
  • Registration materials will be distributed at school and will also be available on line.
  • 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 their use.
  • The keyboards will be returned at the conclusion of the four week class except for those students who continue and expand their compositions for the spring performances.

Attendance Policies

Parents are asked to call 715-346-2229 if their child will miss a class due to illness or family emergency. Otherwise attendance is expected.


For more information contact:

Robert Rosen, UWSP Department of Music
(715) 346-2229