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Summer Course for Young Composers

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International Brazilian Opera Company 

IBOC Composers Institute

The International Brazilian Opera Institute is offering a composition course to students ages 10-21. IBOC faculty will collaborate with students to notate and produce recordings of their music. 

Students will develop skills in melodic writing, harmonic development, rhythmic frame and form, as well as notation skills. Students will finish a short piece for piano and violin during the course. The classes will take place online starting July 6th.

The class will address:

  • How to write a melody.
  • The starting point: vocal lines, harmony, rhythm, song-forms.
  • Arrangement: instrumentation and structure.
  • Prepare for remote recording: score presentation and tempo map. 
  • Feedback and results.

IBOC will select eight student composers, two of whom will receive scholarships.

All instructors are awarded, professional musicians. 

Multidisciplinary composer Joao MacDowell will be leading the course – Latin Grammy nominee, award-winning composer, and artistic director of IBOC. 

Composer Jane Wong will coordinate the course – Master of Music in Music Education at The Boston Conservatory.

Tomomi Sato will be performing piano  – Master of Music in Collaborative piano, the Juilliard School of Music. DMA Candidate, USC Thornton School of Music. Prizewinner of Seattle International Piano Competition. Winner, MTNA Senior Yamaha Piano California State Competition. Vocal Piano Fellow, Tanglewood Music Center.

Anna Tsukervanik will be performing violin. – Doctor of Music in Violin Performance, SUNY Stony Brook, NY. Outstanding achievement, The Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Winner of the Florida State Chamber Music Competition, Music Teachers National Association. 

IBOC musicians will record each student’s piece for piano and violin. 

Fee:  $750.  

Two need-based scholarships are available. Please email us at

The IBOC Composers Institute will record each student’s work for the final assignment. The young composers will then be able to use these recordings for non-monetary purposes, such as college applications, competitions, and calls for scores.

Prerequisite: Access to a computer with internet and some music notation software. We recommend Sibelius or MuseScore, which is free of charge session will be provided for those who need it to set up your computer with the software.

Recommended: Basic knowledge of musical notation, including some familiarity with music software. Examples: Sibelius, MuseScore, Logic, Garage Band, etc. The ability to produce an electronic demo of a song.

2021 Summer Schedule

All sessions online: Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 pm EST. 

SESSION 1 (Tuesday, July 13) – Welcome to IBOC: Composition workshop I – Song form in instrumental writing: Melody – Rhythm – Harmony – Sound.

     Support session: (Wednesday, July 14th) – Software setup (optional).  

SESSION 2 (Tuesday, July 20) – Composition workshop II – Short and Long Forms.

SESSION 3 (Tuesday, July 27th) – First draft of composition due; individual feedback.

COMPOSITION WEEK – Time to write your piece!

SESSION 4 (Tuesday, August 10th) – Revisions of pieces due + final workshop.

SESSION 5 (Tuesday, August 17th) – Final! YouTube premiere of student compositions. Individual feedback. 

Deadline: Monday, July 5th, 2021. 

Admission results will be available by Friday, July 9th, 2021.

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