Very Young Composers still has space available |

Very Young Composers still has space available

This week's Very Young Composers program still has some openings for local kids from the third grade up. Kids will work with members of the New York Philharmonic.
Randy Wyrick| |

Very Young Composers

This summer’s Very Young Composer program begins Thursday.

To register: Register online at under Program Registration, Very Young Composers Summer 2015 Workshop.

Cost: $45 minimum donation (full value of workshop is $360 per student; additional donations welcome). Scholarships are available.

Information: Student from third grade up will learn to compose music with help from members of the New York Philharmonic.

Requirements: A pulse and a positive attitude. Kids do not need to be able to play or read music.

VAIL — About once in a lifetime, a kid gets to look a member of the New York Philharmonic right in the eyes and boss them around.

The Very Young Composers workshop still has room for a few more kids, said Conrad Kehn, director.

It’s for any student third grade and up, and you don’t have to be able to play music, or read music.

“No training is necessary whatsoever. We handle all that,” Kehn said.

Kids create their own musical piece from start to finish during a week-long workshop. They can sing it, hum it, play it on their smartphone … it doesn’t matter, Kehn said.

With the help of teaching artists, students learn about music theory and how to compose for different instruments. Then, they write their own story and set the story to music in a step-by-step process.

The program culminates in a public performance of all the student compositions.

The Very Young Composers program was brought to Vail in 2006 by its creator, John Deak of the New York Philharmonic.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and

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