Blue Lake’s Music Composition Program provides an opportunity for students to study composition focusing on fundamentals. Using traditional composition methods while at camp, each student will compose a new chamber work for two to five instruments, to be performed by staff members on final Sunday.
Daily classes will include a wide range of elements essential to young composers. The music theory class will focus on key signatures, intervals, scales, chords, and non-harmonic tones. Students will also be introduced to counterpoint, non-traditional scales and harmonies, chromaticism, atonality, and serialism. The composition and orchestration class will help students understand the importance of form, the ranges and transpositions of instruments, as well as the basics of score reading. Students will also learn how composers achieve specific effects and styles though listening to recordings and score analysis. Each composition major will have daily studio time to work on their final project using pianos or their own instrument, and will also have the opportunity to work with and learn from the musicians who will be performing their new composition.
Music Composition students can complete their instructional day by choosing a Minor, allowing them to experience another area of arts interest while at camp. See minors for a complete listing of courses. Students also have the opportunity to hear various performances presented as a part of Blue Lake’s Summer Arts Festival, as well as participate in recreational activities and other camp events.
H. Owen Reed Music Composition