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.
What are the Dates and Times?
The classes, for 4th and 5th grade students only,
will be held from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm 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 5 & 12) beginning on January 2, 2018 and run for three weeks ending on
January 22, 2018. The rehearsal of the Young Composer's compositions will be on Sunday, January 21, 2018 beginning at 2:00 pm and ending at 8:00 pm. 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 classes
each week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday + two Friday classes on January 5 & 12) from January 2 through January 22, plus the rehearsal on January 21 and
the concert on January 22 for a total of 12 classes.
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.
Registration Information (Enrollment limited to 30 students)
Registration begins on
October 2, 2017 and ends on November 1, 2017.
Beginning at midnight on October 2, parents can
register their child on-line through the UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education and Outreach website or
by printing a registration form.
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 the final class enrollment is determined. Once that determination is made, those paying the $30 fee will be given instructions on how to submit payment. There are no other fees to take the class.
Registration materials will be distributed at school and will be available on-line.
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.
All appropriate and complete
registrations submitted by the registration deadline will be accepted on a
first-come, first-served basis.
A waiting list will be
established for registrations above 30.
Due to space limitations, parents are strongly encouraged to find an alternate activity while their child attends the class.
Cancellations and Substitutions: full refunds granted upon receipt of written request received by December 1, 2017.
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
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