2018 Registration is Now Open!

Registration for the UMKC Composition Workshop is now open! See our Workshop Registration and Fees page for more information. We are partnering with newEar contemporary chamber ensemble, who will be serving as our ensemble in residence for the week! Read more about the specific opportunities this partnership provides; including the 2018 newEar reading sessions and the Noah Mathew Siegel Scholarship competition. We hope to see you at Composition Workshop 2018!

Reading Opportunity for Tuba

Interested in hearing your tuba composition performed in recital? Check out this note from a current UMKC student!


I am looking for new compositions to perform at a recital on June 21st, 2017 at the Summer Composition Workshop! With it being summer, it is difficult to find other performers in the area who can commit to a recital, so I am looking for unaccompanied tuba music, about 2-3 minutes long. Deadline to submit is May 21st! Please email me at lnjd54@mail.umkc.edu if you’d like to submit a score or have any questions! Feel free to contact me. I’m looking forward to receiving a lot of compositions from you all!


Logan Jungman

BM Music Composition and Tuba Performance, 2018

Conservatory Student Association (CSA) Treasurer

Looking for a performance this weekend?

Check out pianist Robert Pherigo in concert, Saturday January 30, 7:30pm, at Unity Temple on the Plaza.  The concert will also feature special guests Lyra Pherigo, flute, and Sarah Tannehill Anderson, soprano.  Music presented will include Mobberley, Adams, Mompou, Ives, and Pherigo.

Mr. Pherigo has been a frequent performer and presenter at past Composition Workshops will be joining us again in 2016.

Registration is now open!

Track Sessions HS 14Registration is open for Composition Workshop 2016!  Visit our “Register for the Workshop” page for links and registration forms.  Be sure to enroll by April 17 to get our Early Bird registration rate.  We hope to see you at Composition Workshop 2016!

Thank you for a great program!

Thank you to all participants for another successful Composition Workshop!  We greatly enjoyed having you here on campus, and we hoped you had a good experience here in Kansas City.  We hope you will be able to join us for next year’s Composition Workshop, June 19-24, 2016!

Downtown concert during workshop

drift4_Page_2On June 16, all Composition Workshop participants will be traveling downtown to hear the Mnemosyne Quartet and Zach Shemon present Anomalous City – an experimental music performance.  The performance will take place at Prairie Logic, a 6th-floor greenspace at 1217 Main Street.  The performance will feature music by members of the Mnemosyne Quartet and Dr. Mara Gibson.  More details: http://www.downtownkc.org/2015/06/01/mnemosynejune16/


Commission Competition Finalists Announced!

Congratulations to this year’s newEar Composition Workshop Commission Competition winners:

  • Zhigong Wei, for Degeberation
  • Eric Wood, for Vignettes

Both composers will have their works performed by newEar on Sunday, June 14 during our 2015 workshop.  The winner of the competition will be chosen from the finalists, and will be announced at the workshop’s evening concert on Friday, June 19.

Congratulations to our finalists, and thank you to all composers who submitted works for consideration this year!

3rd update from our 2014 Commission Winner

Just a few months to go until we hear Michael’s piece performed at Composition Workshop 2015.  In the video below, he mentions some concepts he is keeping in mind from last year’s workshop, and shows us some plans for the score.  We’re excited to see where he goes with this!

Another update from our 2014 Commission Competition winner

Michael Maiorana’s commission for newEar continues to take shape, and he has sent us this video about his process as he works.  His piece is inspired by the Rosetta space probe mission, and has some great ideas taking shape.  We look forward to hearing the finished piece at this year’s Composition Workshop!

Don’t forget that our commission competition continues in 2015!  If you are interested in applying for our 2015 competition, be sure to check out details on our Commission Competition page