Composition Seminar

The University of Tulsa School of Music presents the third annual TU Composition Seminar, June 3-7, 2019. 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 week-long immersive program provided valuable training for success in the world of music composition.  Previous seminar attendees have gone one to be accepted into prestigious national composition seminars like Curtis Institute of Music’s Summerfest, The Kaufman Music Center’s Luna Lab, and won competitions like the Oklahoma Music Teacher’s Association composition competition, and TU’s Bela Rozsa Composition Competition.

Students receive  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 professional score and parts presentation, how to work well with performers as a composer, music theory, counterpoint, orchestration, 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, participate in camp-wide electives, and will receive professional headshots.  Composition seminar students have access to TU practice rooms with pianos and other resources for the duration of the camp.

Beginning students focus on melodic writing and simple counterpoint and harmony. 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, reading sessions, and for performance at the end-of-seminar recital.


For 2019, 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 2, 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 $300 per student; due by April 15th.
  • Application deadline is April 15th; late applications will be accepted after this date, as space allows.
  • After April 15th, tuition is $325. 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