June 7 – June 13, 2015

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The Snow Pond Composers Workshop at Snow Pond Music Festival is a week of intensive input and experiences for creative growth for composers at both the graduate and undergraduate level.  In addition to private lessons and Master Class sessions with faculty composers, participants will explore new imaginative territories with immersion instructional and practicum sessions on improvisation, and an array of techniques for integrating improvisation into one’s compositions.  Time will be provided for on-site composing, and participants will have a short piece for solo flute (or flute and electronics) read and if possible performed by Visiting Performing Artist Peter Bloom, who is both a master classical flutist and an expert improviser.  Opportunities may also exist for informal readings by concurrent Saxophone Institute program participants. In addition to welcoming traditional approaches to composition, we are also receptive to composers whose work incorporates electronics, improvisation, jazz, rock, and other diverse elements into the compositional mix.

Program Highlights

  • Master Class sessions and private lessons with faculty composers.
  • Instructional sessions dedicated both to honing traditional compositional skills and to intensively exploring a wide range of approaches to improvisation, and multiple techniques for integrating improvisation into one’s compositions.
  • Special exploration of the flute (bass, alto, concert, and piccolo), and readings (and when possible performances) of a short piece for solo flute (or flute and electronics) by Visiting Performing Artist Peter Bloom.
  • Possibility of informal readings by participants in concurrent percussion program.
  • Receptive to both traditional composition and to composers whose work incorporates electronics, improvisation, jazz, rock, and other diverse elements into the compositional mix.
  • Time for composing and processing new materials and ideas.
  • Intimate and supportive environment for networking with peers and professional staff.
  • Affordable tuition includes lodging, meals and use of New England Music Camp’s waterfront, recreational equipment and facilities.

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Snow Pond Composers Workshop Faculty:

Dr. Richard Nelson,  Composer, Professor of Music, University of Maine at Augusta.  Program Co-Director.
Dr Edward Jacobs,  Composer, Professor of Music, East Carolina University.  Program Co-Director.
Peter H. Bloom, Visiting Performing Artist (Flute)
Elliott Schwartz, Professor of Music (Emeritus), Bowdoin College.  Visiting Guest Composer.

Application Requirements

Participants must be over the age of 18 and are selected on the basis of ability and supporting materials. As the application process is on a rolling basis with a maximum of 12 students, we encourage you to apply early.

  1. Click here for online application
  2. One letter of recommendation
  3.  $75 application fee*
  4. Audition: Sample recordings and scores (see requirements below)

For additional assistance contact the Programs Coordinator, Gail Levinsky

*PLEASE NOTE: The application fee will be refunded if applicant is NOT accepted into the program.

Audition Requirements

Electronic submission of two representative compositions: pdf of score and mp3 recording (SoundCloud). If your work exists purely in the audio domain (no score), please include a written explanation of the process for creating the recording.  PLEASE NOTE: The scores, recordings, and letter of recommendation is needed but not required for completing the initial application. All materials, links and letter of recommendation thereafter must be sent using the Applicant Materials Submission Form on the website. 

Tuition & Fees: (tuition includes non-refundable $75 application fee)

  • Full Participant Tuition: $725
  • Room & Board (6 days): $500
  • TOTAL COST: $1225

Continuing Education and College Credit:


  • Continuing Education Credit: $50
  • University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) Two (2) College Credits: $250

Program Schedule

Arrival Day:

3:00 – 5:00 pm Registration
5:30 pm Dinner
Evening Orientation and Evening Gathering

Daily Schedule:

8:00 am Breakfast
9:30 am – 12:00 pm Master Classes, Instructional Sessions, Lessons
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 – 3:30 pm Flexible Time, Individual Composition Time, Lessons, Recreation
3:30 – 5:30 pm Master Classes, Instructional Sessions, Lessons
5:45 pm Dinner
Evening Listening and Discussion Sessions, Attending Recitals, Individual Work Time,
Other Group-initiated Activities, Social Activities

Departure Day:

8:00 – 10:00 am Breakfast and Departure