2014-02-06 Monterey, CA — Local high school music students spend a day in the life of a professional composer, “A Day in the Life of a Composer”

Local high school music students to spend a day in the life of a professional composer

Monterey, CA, March 1, 2014 — High school music students in the greater Monterey and Santa Cruz areas are in for a treat on Saturday, March 1st: the opportunity to spend a day learning and collaborating in pre-professional workshops with working composers. This all-day workshop event, put on by nonprofit organization Composers and Schools in Concert (CSIC), is free for high school music students, thanks to a generous grant from McGraw-Hill Education.

The day will be filled with composer workshops which will introduce these students to music composition and the skills used by professional composers in the music-creating industry. Each student will participate in one morning workshop and one afternoon workshop of his or her choice. Students can choose from composer Gino Robair’s, “Improvising and Conducting Strategies for Large Ensembles”; composer Karl Cronin’s, “Orchestrating American Folk Songs”; composer Steve Horowitz’s “Classical Graphic Scores and Improvisation”; composer Katrina Wreede’s “Creating the Blues”; composer Edward Schocker’s, ”Creating Music with Made/Found Objects and Other Unusual Instruments”; and composer Steve Kirk’s, ”Scoring and Sound Design for Film, Television and Games.”

“Everything we do, we approach from the angle of: what opportunities do we wish had been available to us when we were high school music students? What do we wish we could have been exposed to, as musicians, before we got to college, or beyond?” explains Lisa Oman, Executive Director of Composers and Schools in Concert. The organization is filled with working composers, musicians, and music teachers. “We are so pleased to give local students this opportunity to work closely with professionals, Grammy winners, innovators, at the top of their games in the field of composition.”
Although the deadline to register is February 27th, we strongly encourage students to register now in order to claim their seat, and especially to let us know their primary instrument, in case any special arrangements are necessary,” says Oman. The March 1st, 2014 event will be held at 20 Ryan Ranch Rd., Monterey, CA 93940. Students must pre-register. Registration is online at http://www.composersandschools.com/events/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-composer/.

For more information please visit www.composersandschools.com or contact Lisa Oman, CSIC Executive Director, at omanl@composersandschools.com or (916) 248-5541.


Composers and Schools in Concert (CSIC) launched in 2011. Led by CSIC Director Lisa Oman, it is the only organization in the United States dedicated to providing high school age students the opportunity to work with a professional composer. Through music collaborations, students are offered invaluable insight into the career of composition.