The Composer’s Institute at Lake George Music Festival

2021 dates: August 15-21

Made possible by the Pusateri Family Fund

About the Institute:

The Composer’s  Institute at Lake George Music Festival is a week-long intensive program for young composers aged 18-25. Students will work closely with program director Alyssa Weinberg and quartet-in-residence The Rhythm Method throughout the week, in addition to masterclasses with guest composers Jonathan Bailey Holland and Ted Hearne. Recent guests have included Jenny Beck, Donnacha Dennehy, David Ludwig, and Nadia Sirota. Students will be asked to compose a new work for string quartet prior to the start of the program.

As we navigate the new world that is COVID-19, we acknowledge that this is a dynamic process and things are constantly changing.  Our goal is to offer an in person experience in residence at SUNY Adirondack near Lake George, NY; a beautiful campus with modern dormitory and music facilities. If it is not safe to host the institute in-person, we will offer composers a virtual experience: presentations, lessons, workshops, concerts, and other events over Zoom like we did in 2020. We are exploring hybrid online/in-person options as well. Additional health and safety measures will be announced shortly before the institute.

What to Expect:

  • Masterclasses with Jonathan Bailey Holland and Ted Hearne
  • Individual lessons with accomplished composer and program director Alyssa Weinberg
  • Rehearsals, performance and professional recording of a new work written for the Rhythm Method String Quartet
  • Workshops, seminars and discussions on issues relevant to the 21st century musician

Costs, Deadlines, and Application Procedure

Tuition: $850
Room: $250
Board: $200

Priority application deadline: March 1st, 2021
Final application deadline: March 15th, 2021

Applications are now open! 

How to apply: 

-Please complete the online application form. The form will ask for the following documents:

-CV or Resume

-Personal Statement: A short (1 – 2 paragraph) statement on your musical interests and goals, what you hope to gain from attending this institute, and anything else you’d like us to consider.

-Portfolio: scores and recordings of 2-3 recent compositions

-Letter of Recommendation (optional)

Once you have submitted the application form and required materials, please submit your application fee by clicking the link below. Application fee: $35 by March 1st; $50 by March 15th.