“A Golden Opportunity”: InConcert Sierra Composers Project Signs Up Now

Professor Mark Vance (left) works with student Nikita Khryapin on a previous composers project. The program starts on Saturday, September 17.
Photo by Craig Silberman

Imagine being able to compose your own original music! You actually write down all the notes to create a score with parts for each of the different instruments and singers. Then you give the finished scores/parts to professional musicians, with whom you rehearse, hearing your music begin to come to life. Finally, you attend a premiere of your new composition in front of a paying audience. Wow! Isn’t that a dream come true!

Well, good news! If you are between 12 and 21 years old and you are passionate about music, this may be your golden opportunity! InConcert Sierra is proud to announce entries for the 2022-23 Composers Project with composer, musician and teacher Mark Vance.

The Composers Project (CP) is a nine-month course that offers a curriculum focused on composition, notation, music theory, harmony, history, melodic and rhythmic dictation, conducting, ear training, music theory, listening and rehearsal/interpretation techniques. The program also includes resume writing and public speaking.



The students will each write two new compositions. The first work is for voice accompanied by an instrument, and the second is an instrumental composition. These two works will be performed in live concert by professional musicians.

It is an unusual experience for our local youth. Kory Reid, countertenor of the prestigious male vocal ensemble Chanticleer, said: “We are all impressed that the program exists – it’s really amazing! CP students will work with high caliber musicians such as Reid, cellist Amit Peled (InConcert Sierra November Artist) and other notable artists.



Students enrolled in the Composers Project will receive weekly individual instruction and attend group classes twice a month. During the program, they will meet guest musicians and composers who are part of InConcert Sierra’s third Sunday concert series. Participants will also attend and review professional concerts from various local and regional broadcasters.

The Composers Project with Mark Vance is now registering for the 2022-2023 school year. The program starts on Saturday, September 17.

For more information and answers to your questions, please call InConcert Sierra at 530-273-3990 or email mark@inconcertsierra.org. Interested candidates should apply online at inconcertsierra.org.

Source: InConcert Sierra

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