About the Workshops

The IMPULSE WORKSHOPS expand on INMF’s intensive summer program, offering seasonal opportunities to develop critical skills that will take your musical skills, career, and knowledge to the next level. Workshops enroll a small number of participants to study under the mentorship of INMF Faculty specializing in the field, providing a uniquely supportive and personalized experience for you to explore the material hands-on. Ranging from 10-week-long programs to single-day events, each workshop focuses on an essential topic in contemporary music making: From fundamentals of craft, to advanced techniques, to professional development, you’ll leave each Impulse Workshop with new ideas, tools, and materials to put you a step ahead.

Please note: Enrollment for each workshop is limited. Spaces are filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Applicants are asked to provide some basic information about themselves and their interest in the workshop(s), which helps us better understand who is interested in our online programs.

Applicants must be age 18 or older. All of our programs are geared towards artists who identify as early-career.

Our Fall 2022 Impulse Workshops were made possible through the support of New Music USA, the Alice M. Ditson Fund, and individual contributors to the Impulse New Music Festival.

Introduction to Computer Music

Meets Online 

October 11 – November 29, 2022  (8 weeks)

Tuesdays, 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm Pacific Time

USD $50 (NORMALLY $600)

Learn the fundamentals of computer music through hands-on, guided work that will take you from concept to making actual music. This workshop utilizes Max 8, an industry standard software for audio programming, which participants will use to explore the techniques of electronic sound synthesis, build computer instruments, and gain practical experience incorporating those tools into your own musical practice. No prior programming or electronic music experience is necessary for this course.

Participants may submit a final work to be premiered as a part of INMF’s Streaming Concert Series. For questions about the workshop, contact the instructor.

The Composer Bootcamp

Meets Online 

October 11 – November 8, 2022   (5 weeks)

Tuesdays, 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm Pacific Time

USD $50 (NORMALLY $350)

Take your craft to the next level with an in-depth analysis of how theory, orchestration, form, and advanced techniques combine to create masterwork compositions that continue to be studied hundreds of years after their creation. A small number of composers are chosen to participate in this intensive, hands-on workshop, which includes original materials and exercises developed by the Impulse New Music Festival. Artistic Director, Dr. Brandon J. Rolle, mentors participants through study, exercises, and discussion towards a commanding control of technique and craft.

Participants have the opportunity to have their compositional work reviewed, if desired. For questions about the workshop, contact the instructor.

​Portfolio Review

Meets Online

Sunday, November 6, 2022

9:00am to 12:00pm Pacific Time

USD $50 (NORMALLY $200)

The Portfolio Review is a rare opportunity to get valuable critical feedback and guidance on your compositions and other professional documents. Your scores, C.V., and statements are the primary way to show graduate schools, employers, or grant organizations who you are, what you do, and why it matters. As the composer, it can be difficult to step back and critique your work in the way an outside professional would.  In this workshop we will explore what makes your musical voice distinct and exciting, and how to communicate that voice most effectively in your creative work and documents.

Each session of Portfolio Review is limited to 3 composers.