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Mark Your Calendars! 

January 3 - 21, 2019
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays
4 p.m.-6 p.m.

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

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 three-week after school class beginning on January 2, 2018.

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 2019.

Online Registration opens October 2, 2018 at 6 a.m.

Very Young Composers of Central Wisconsin is sponsored by Very Young Composers, Inc. and 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 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 four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday classes) beginning on January 3, 2019 and run for three weeks ending on January 21, 2019.  The rehearsal of the Young Composer's compositions will be on Sunday January 20, 2019 beginning at 2:00 pm ending at 8:00 pm.  On that Saturday, each Young Composer will be assigned a 30 minute time window to attend the rehearsal of their composition.  The performance of their compositions will be on Monday January 21 from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm.

 Participating students must attend all classes each week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) from January 3nd through January 21th, including the rehearsal on January 20th and the concert on January 21st 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 Tuesday, October 2, 2018 and ends on November 1, 2018/

  • Beginning at 6:00 a.m. 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, 2018.

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