The composition program offers special opportunities for a select group of young composers. Enrollment is limited.
Brevard's composition faculty works closely with students and provides instruction through weekly private lessons and a daily seminar.
While in residence, students produce new works which are performed in a series of public concerts. Students collaborate closely with Brevard's new music ensemble, itch, comprised of instrumentalists in the College Division who have demonstrated ability and interest in the performance of new music.
The annual "New Songs" program has become a highlight of the summer festival. All student composers set the same text, and singers from Brevard's opera company perform the new songs on a public concert.
During the last week of the season, the Brevard Sinfonia devotes a session to reading and recording new student works.
Composition students spend most of their time in the composition lab, a pair of adjoining rooms housing MIDI keyboards, printers, and audio equipment. Students bring their own computers, so may use whatever notation software they elect.
Brevard's composition faculty in 2015 will be Robert Aldridge, Professor and Director of Music at Rutgers University, David Dzubay, Professor and Chair of Composition at Indiana University, and Jonathan Sokol, Lecturer at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory.
Each season Brevard invites renowned guest artists to present concerts, classes, and seminars focusing on new music and contemporary performance practices. In 2015 Brevard will continue partnerships with groups and artists including the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and the Shanghai String Quartet.
In recent years students in the composition program have had the opportunity to participate in the BMC Chorus. Past seasons have included performances of Grieg's Complete Incidental Music to Peer Gynt, Mahler's Symphony No. 3, Orff's Carmina Burana, Holst's The Planets, and a concert of Bach cantatas.