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Composition Seminar

The University of Tulsa School of Music presents the second annual TU Composition Seminar, June 4-8, 2018. The five-day camp is open to beginner, intermediate and advanced composition and music students currently enrolled in middle and high school. As a part of the TU Academy for Pianists, the composition seminar works closely with academy faculty and students, as well as those of the Chamber Music Camp.

This five-day immersive program includes private and group lessons, seminars, recitals and workshops. Composition lessons occur in both private and group settings, with students working and learning from faculty, as well as from each other. Seminars will include topics like score and parts presentation, succeeding as a composer, orchestration, counterpoint/harmony/texture, 20th/21st century and contemporary repertoire and other topics. Composition seminar students enjoy a wide overlap in programming with the TU Academy for Pianists and will have access to other seminars and recitals given by the TU Chamber Music Camp. Composition seminar students have access to TU practice rooms with pianos and the computer and film-scoring labs.

Beginning students focus on melodic writing and simple counterpoint. Advanced students may pick their project to focus on, with an eye to improving fundamentals. All students have the option to submit pieces ahead of time for the composition competition and for performance at the end-of-seminar recital. Previous seminar attendees have gone on to be accepted into prestigious national composition seminars like Curtis Summerfest, and won competitions like the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association composition competition.


For 2018, housing will be available on the TU campus for students living outside the Tulsa metro area. Residents will be in a double room or can reserve a double to be a single. There will be a TU Academy for Pianists staff member in residence. The cost for a room is typically $15.60 per night. With full-set linens provided the fee becomes $21.85 per night. Meals may be handled a variety of ways through the Student Union or the Pat Case Dining Center on campus. The meal plan/walk-up meal rate is approximately $30 per day. Students who will be living on campus will need to arrive on Sunday, June 4, to check-in. More details will be released at a later date.

Camp Instructors

Faculty for the camp include University of Tulsa faculty, alumni and affiliated professional musicians whose careers as artist teachers and performers are well-established and widely respected throughout the nation. Students get to work with a wide range of instructors throughout the seminar.

Camp Fee
  • Tuition is $275 per student; due by May 1.
  • Application deadline is May 1; late applications will be accepted after this date, as space allows.
  • After May 1, tuition is $300 per student.
Schedule & Enrollment

Classes start at 9 a.m. each morning with a lunch break from 12 to 12:50 p.m. Students are responsible for providing their own lunches. For students who will be living on campus during the seminar, box lunches are available. Classes conclude at 5 p.m.

To enroll, mail the full amount, payable to “TU Composition Seminar at the Academy for Pianists” with the camp registration form to:

TU Academy for Pianists (Composition Seminar)
School of Music
The University of Tulsa
800 South Tucker Drive
Tulsa, OK 74104

For more information about the TU Composition Seminar, please contact Noam Faingold at