here to download the 2007 Piano/Composition brochure (PDF)
June 11 - July 14, 2007 (five weeks)
Mon., June 11, 2007
8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., M-F
Graduating 8th - graduating 12th grades
AFA’s Composition program gives young composers of varying experience
and ability level a thorough introduction to the art of composing music.
Students take part in intensive seminars and both group and individual
lessons to develop and refine the skills needed to compose, notate and
prepare a piece of their own music for performance.
All students receive a minimum of five private lessons during the festival.
This focused, one-on-one instruction helps students address individual
musical goals. Each student creates a minimum of one new work during
the Conservatory that is ultimately read, recorded and performed by
members of the Conservatory faculty.
Taught by a rotating faculty, composers receive a thorough introduction
to music of the twentieth century. Specific focus on works of the last
fifty years is addressed including the contemporary symphony, opera,
chamber music, piano repertory and the influence of world music on Western
All composition students receive readings and recordings of works completed
during the Conservatory. These sessions, not intended as professional
recording sessions, give composers a valuable opportunity to hear their
work in progress and to receive feedback from professional musicians
on their work.
Time permitting, all students complete short arrangements of works to
be read by the AFA Conservatory Orchestra. This is a unique opportunity
for composers to gain experience working in the medium of full orchestra.
A reading session of orchestration projects is usually scheduled during
the last week of the Conservatory. At the discretion of the faculty,
selected composers may be given permission to write short orchestral
works that will be read by the AFA Conservatory Orchestra during the
final week of the program. Advanced students may also be offered an
opportunity to compose a short work for orchestra to be premiered on
a conservatory season concert or read as part of an extended reading
Composition symposium is a daily seminar in which composers learn about
the various components involved in the process of composing music. Seminar
topics include counterpoint, harmony, orchestration, form and analysis,
computer-based applications and developmental skills. Aspects of the
music industry that are relevant to young composers will also be addressed
including competitions, membership organizations, publishing and college/conservatory
Houston Ballet Academy Collaboration
AFA’s on-going collaboration with the Ben Stevenson Houston Ballet
Academy (HBA) gives composers a unique opportunity to collaborate with
student choreographers and
create new works for music and dance. Final works are premiered at the
AFA World Premieres Concert and at the Houston Ballet Academy.
The 2007 Conservatory will enroll a maximum of eight (8) composers.
All composition applicants must submit scores and/or recordings (MIDI
realizations acceptable) for review in advance of a live interview with
AFA Composition faculty. Early applications are encouraged.