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 About the Camp page for more information on specific course listings, and to learn about our new tech track option.

The camp runs from 9am to 3:50pm, Monday through Friday. Camp activities take place on the Temple main campus, and students will spend most of their time in Presser Hall (2001 N. 13th St). 


Any student between the ages of 14-19 as of July 15th, 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 Choir 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. This free performance is open to all family, friends, and community members! 

guest composers

We will host guest composers Jennifer Higdon and Andrea Clearfield, who will each visit the camp for the day to work with students and present some of their own works. We will also host guest composer/instructor Elainie Lillios, who will teach courses and private lessons to students enrolled in the Tech Track.


trip to sō percussion summer institute

We are excited to visit the Sō Percussion Summer Institute (SōSI) at Princeton University for the second year in a row! During the visit, students will observe rehearsals of percussion pieces written by Princeton doctoral students, attend workshops, and participate in reading a large-scale work. Please visit the SōSI website for more information on their programs and offerings. 


relâche ensemble commission

Relâche is one of the premier new music ensembles in Philadelphia, and has been providing the community with high-quality performances of contemporary music for over 40 years. One student from the 2019 YWCC will be given the opportunity to write a new piece for members of Relâche and hear their work performed on one of our concerts during the 2019-2020 season. The student composer will receive three lessons from composer and Relâche Executive Director Erica Ball, as well as a workshop during the writing process. This commission is open to any student of the 2019 camp, regardless of age, compositional experience, or locatio, and will be selected by Relâche in conjunction with the administration of the Young Women Composers camp. To find out more about the ensemble, click here.


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


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