JUNE 15-30

The mission of the Composers Institute is to reestablish and repurpose classical genres into the contemporary composition. Regardless of style, culture, or stated purpose, composers must confront the use and design of genre. For many, writing genre pieces – sonata, symphony, opera, etc. – can feel inhibiting because of a general misunderstanding of its purpose in music making. Participants in the Festival Baltimore Composers Institute will work to overcome the constraints of genre by adapting their unique voices to specific, large-scale classical forms.  

Festival Baltimore Composers Institute is held under guidance of award-winning composer Matthew Evan Taylor.


A direction towards career growth through the academy's natural 'networking atmosphere' and specific career-centered workshops and faculty-artist panel discussions.​


Composers aged 15-30 who are looking for the tools and opportunities necessary to elevate their skill and maximize their reach.


Participants' compositions will be assessed by a panel of our artist-faculty members.  Two winners will be announced on June 29th following the academy-wide composition showcase.  The winning compositions will be premiered by next years' Artist-Faculty at Festival Baltimore's 2020 Concert Series.


2019 Institute Composers will be asked to begin 

work on a chamber composition within one of the

following genres:


  • Theme and variations

  • Dance suite

  • Instrumental suite

For one/some/all of the following instruments:

  • Piano

  • Cello

  • Viola

  • Violin




  • Complete their pieces under the guidance of Composers Institute faculty

  • Take classes in improvisation 

  • Give public presentations on their work

  • Participate in readings

  • Receive professional recordings of the readings


2019 daily schedule coming soon.


Tuition: $1800

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