Composition Seminar Instructor
The CYSO Composition Seminar is designed to help student composers develop improvisation and listening skills, the basics of score analysis, and provide an overview of 20th and 21st Century music. The Composition Seminar is geared toward primarily high school age students in Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, and Accelerando Strings. Students interested in participating in the Composition Seminar must demonstrate a base line level of music theory comprehension before enrolling.
The CYSO Composition Seminar Instructor will work directly with CYSO’s Operations staff and with the students enrolled in the program. Duties include creation of each course’s syllabus, instruction of the composition seminar every scheduled week, teaching four private lessons per semester per composition seminar student, and coordination of two composition seminar reading sessions.
Weekly Seminars held: Sundays from 10:45 – 11:45 am Available to SO, PO, CO & AS students.
Sample Fall Curriculum - Improvisation, listening, score analysis, overview of 20th/21st Century music, and a chamber music recital. Eight classes and four ½ hour private lessons focused on a chamber piece and compositional process (lesson schedule to be determined by student and teacher).
Sample Spring Curriculum - Listening, score analysis, overview of 20th/21st Century music, and an orchestra reading session. Eight classes and four ½ hour private lessons focused on a short orchestra piece and the process of reproduction and parts (lesson schedule to be determined by student and teacher).
Bachelors Degree in Music required
Master of Music degree preferred with an emphasis in Music Theory and/or Composition
Related teaching experience and experience working with youth required; strong written and aural music theory skills required; orchestral training and performance experience preferred.
Candidate must demonstrate ability to communicate easily and effectively with youth and families; excellent interpersonal skills; and ability to create a supportive learning environment.