The Society for New Music Announces


The Young Composers Corner program will be returning this year during the 2016 Cazenovia Counterpoint festival. Middle and high-school age students who are interested in writing music will have the unique opportunity to work with professional composers to develop and refine their writing skills, think and talk critically about new music and work to develop a new piece during the program.

The program will run from July 11 through July 15.

It will culminate on Family Arts Day, July 24, with a performance and recording of the young composers’ works by outstanding professional regional musicians. These musicians will both play the works and provide insightful feedback to the young composers about their pieces.

The program is led by Central New York native, Nikolas Jeleniauskas. His works, described as “exciting and colorful”, have been presented throughout the United States by ensembles such as North/South Consonance, members of the Kuttner Quartet (Indiana University), the Third String Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the Syracuse Society for New Music. He is currently pursuing a PhD at the Eastman School of Music.

Any middle or high-school age student who is interested in composing music is encouraged to participate. Students must be able to read and understand music notation.

The program runs from July 11 through 15. Morning sessions are 9:30 am to 1:00 pm, and afternoon sessions are 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

Students may choose either a morning or afternoon session, and are encouraged to attend at least one session every day. Space is limited to six participants per session, so sign up early!

The reading session will be held on Sunday, July 24 at 2:00 pm, where students will be provided with feedback about their pieces. It is recommended each student brings headphones and a USB thumb drive to save their work.

Thanks to the continued generosity of the Society for New Music’s donors, grantors and the Cazenovia Public Library, this unique program is offered at no cost to participants.

If you would like to participate, or have any questions, simply send an email to either: 



Posted On: June 08, 2016
Listed As: Arts Forum