Composition Seminar - Kendall College of Arts and Sciences

Composition Seminar

The University of Tulsa School of Music presents the third annual TU Composition Seminar, June 1-5, 2020. 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 in NYC, 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 have the chance to work with 2020 guest composer Sheridan Seyfried.

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.

  • 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 $325 per student; due by May 4.
    • Discounted EARLY BIRD rate is $300., due before April 13, 2020.
    • After May 4, tuition is $350. per student.
  • Schedule

    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 4:30p.m.


  • Enrollment

    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