Inaugural camp for teen women composers gets underway in Philadelphia

Posted on: July 9, 2018

“A group of high school girls are spending two weeks this July on the Temple University campus, immersing themselves in the world of music composition,” reports Meridee Duddleston on Friday (7/6) at Philadelphia radio station WRTI. “It’s the first Young Women Composers Camp—a concentrated effort to encourage more women composers to enter a field dominated by men…. The impetus for the camp stemmed from the experience of Temple graduate Erin Busch, a 27-year-old cellist and composer.… With the help of [Temple University professor Cynthia Folio] she’s been organizing the project for over a year…. The 18 students will attend for free, or pay $350 for the two-week camp from July 9th though July 20th. A slew of classical and jazz composers and musicians … have signed on to participate. Along with ten Temple-related faculty, 14 musicians will share tips about composing for their instruments. The all-female string quartet ATLYS will serve as the camp’s ensemble-in-residence. Guest composers Missy Mazzoli and Sarah Kirkland Snider will each spend a day talking with students…. Knowledge, tools, advice and inspiration can make a huge difference. ‘It can be one conversation that can change someone’s life,’ says Mazzoli.”

Posted July 9, 2018