Very Young Composers Project

Mark Your Calendars! 

January 3 - 23, 2017
Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays 
(plus two Friday classes on January 6 & 13)
4 p.m.-6 p.m.

Classes are held at: 
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1800 Portage Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481 




Registration for the 2017 Very Young Composers Project is closed.

There is a $30 non-refundable registration fee. The fee will be waived for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Due to high demand for this class, registration fees will not be collected until final class enrollment is determined. Once that determination is made (based on first come-first served), those paying the $30 fee will be given instructions on how to submit payment. 

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 3, 2017.

The students will later have the opportunity to fully expand their composition with full orchestration for symphony orchestra or wind ensemble. The expanded compositions will be performed by either the SPASH Orchestra or the SPASH Wind Ensemble in the spring of 2017.

Very Young Composers of Central Wisconsin is sponsored by:  
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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.

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 District.

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 the class.

  • 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 three week class except for those students who continue and expand their compositions for the spring performances.

Attendance Policies

Parents are asked to call 715-346-3107 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) 344-8469