Young Women Composers Camp

temple university
philadelphia, pa

july 15–26, 2019


Our Mission

The Young Women Composers Camp aims to amplify the voices of young women, to allow them access to a high level of musical training, and to close the gender gap in the music composition field and create a more equitable music sector. we strive to be accessible and inclusive to anyone who identifies as female or non-binary.

Instagram: @youngwomencomposers

Camp Description

The Young Women Composers Camp is a two-week music festival for students who are interested in pursuing a career in music composition or a related field. Students will take courses on a broad range of compositional skills, including sessions on writing for different instrument families, song writing, and jazz composition, among others. Please visit the Classes and Schedule page for more information on specific course listings.

The camp will run from 9am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday. All camp activities will take place on the Temple main campus, and students will spend most of their time in Presser Hall (2001 N. 13th St). 


We are partnering with the Sō Percussion Summer Institute at Princeton University. YWCC students will visit the festival for a day, where they will observe rehearsals of percussion pieces written by Princeton doctoral students, attend workshops, and meet the resident composers. The resident composers for 2018 were Sarah Kirkland Snider and Caroline Shaw; stay tuned for news about 2019. Please visit the SōSI website for more information on their programs and offerings.


Any student between the ages of 14-19 as of July 1st, 2019 who identifies as female or non-binary is welcome to apply. Our program serves as a college preparatory program, so any student who has already completed a semester of college is ineligible for the camp regardless of age.

Final Concert

Our final concert will take place on the last day of camp, and will be a recital of student compositions. The YWCC Chorale will also perform. Students will work on their piece during the first week of camp, and will rehearse with professional musicians during the second week leading up to the performance. The performance will take place at Rock Hall (1715 N. Broad St.) and will be professionally recorded and digitally distributed to the students after the camp has ended. A small reception will follow the performance. This free performance is open to all family, friends, and community members! 


Presser Hall
2001 N. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146


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