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About Composition Workshop

June 18-23, 2017

Composers will broaden their horizons and hone their craft in this mix of classes and small group sessions with UMKC Conservatory faculty. This exciting week-long experience helps young composers find their creative voices while improving their musical skills and joining the community of composers and new music lovers. Participants’ compositions are critiqued and discussed with distinguished faculty, allowing each composer to grow artistically while creating new music.

Throughout the workshop, composers participate in discussions of notation, music theory, orchestration and music aesthetics. Participants listen to, analyze, and discuss the music of our time as well as the great achievements of the past. Small group sessions with mentors provide participants with valuable one-on-one feedback as they stretch their compositional abilities and creativity to meet new challenges. Evening concerts featuring innovative programming by guest performers including Michael Hall, Megan Ihnen, and newEar Contemporary Music Ensemble provide enrichment and inspiration. Composition Workshop was founded in 2010 by Dr. Mara Gibson.

Call 816-235-2731 for eligibility questions.


Registration for the 2017 festival will be available soon. Please contact if you would like to be notified when the 2017 registration opens.


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Questions?  Contact us!

  • Composition Workshop – UMKC Community Music and Dance Academy – Roshelle Pekarek, Festival Coordinator
  • Mail: UMKC Composition Workshop / 301 E 51st St, Room 201 / Kansas City, MO 64110
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  • Phone: (816) 235-2931
  • Fax: (816) 235-5998

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