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 3, 2020.
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 2020.
Date and Time
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) beginning on January 3, 2020 and run for three weeks ending on January 20, 2020. The rehearsal of the Young Composer's compositions will be on Sunday January 19, 2020 beginning at 2:00 pm ending at 8:00 pm. On that day, 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 20 from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm.
Participating students must attend all classes each week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) from January 3nd through January 20th, including the rehearsal on January 19th and the concert on January 20st for a total of 12 classes.
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 Jeanette Colombe
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. UWSP Music Faculty
will also assist with the project.
UWSP music majors will provide assistance functioning as Teaching Artists under the guidance of the project leaders.
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.
Very Young Composers Program Receives a NEA Grant
The UWSP Very Young Composers of Central Wisconsin was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Faculty Emeritus Robert Rosen, Executive Director of the program since its inception in 2010, expressed his delight of the support and national attention this program has received. "This the third time we have received an award and the accompanying recognition from this prestigious organization. It serves as validation of the quality and unique contribution or program brings to Central Wisconsin."
The VYC program has distinguished itself as being the 2nd program to be established in the country and has a direct affiliation with the New York Philharmonic. Of the more than 60 programs that have been established throughout the country and around the world, the UWSP VYC Program is the only one connected with a university. UWSP music students are directly involved in the teaching process, a wonderful experiential opportunity for those who are planning a career as music educators. Faculty and experienced music teachers from the Stevens Point Area Public Schools provide guidance to the UWSP students as they work with 4th and 5th graders from throughout the region who are involved in the program.
The mission of the program is "to provide an interactive pathway for children to listen, explore, and reveal the essence of their own voice through the creation of original music." This year's session will be held on the UWSP campus January 3 – 21, 2019. The program is sponsored and governed by Very YoungComposers, Inc., with financial and additional support from the ASCAP Foundation Irving Ceaser Fund, Stevens Point Area Public School District, Art Works, Sentry Invitation to the Arts, and additional support from private donors.