Young Composers Seminar
Under the direction of Festival composer-in-residence David Ludwig, the Young Composers Seminar brings together some of the country’s most outstanding young composers. They are immersed in the culture of the Festival, interacting with the Festival staff, musicians, donors and audience members. Admission to the Seminar is by invitation.
The Festival’s Resident Ensemble Program is an opportunity for a young professional string ensemble to be in residence during the summer Festival. This ensemble then returns during the following season for performances, community workshops, and to work with the ONE Strings students at Burlington’s Integrated Arts Academy @ H.O. Wheeler School. During the Festival, members of the ensemble rehearse and perform with Festival musicians, and rehearse and record our Young Composers’ works. The ensemble teaches masterclasses for local high school students and prepares a piece for performance, coached by Festival artists.
The opening event of every Festival is a series of master classes for local students with Festival artists. Each participating student performs a piece that they have prepared with their home teacher. The master class teacher then evaluates the performance and helps the student understand what could make the performance better. The clinician is a master teacher, isolating issues for the student and finding ways for them to improve their music making.
The Integrated Arts Academy (IAA) at the H.O. Wheeler School is an arts magnet school, one of six public elementary schools in Burlington. The school has 300 K-5 students from 23 countries, speaking 30 languages. ONE (Old North End) Strings provides in-schools strings instruction and related activities for students at the school, seeking to eliminate traditional barriers to instrument instruction. The program is inspired by El Sistema, a worldwide educational movement that has been called “the future of music.”
The Inside Pitch series offers students of all ages a chance to more deeply explore the masterworks presented at the Festival. Join Distinguished Composer-In-Residence David Ludwig, professor at the Curtis Institute of Music, as he shares his wealth of knowledge and interviews a host of musical luminaries. Past lectures have featured discussion of Beethoven’s Grosse Fugue, Ravel’s Piano Trio, Bach’s D Minor Partita among many others before they are performed by the Festival artists.