The New York Youth Symphony Composition Program (formerly known a “Making Score”) is now officially back in session with yet another season full of exceptionally gifted students. Hosted by ASCAP since its inception in 2000, this tour de force, nuts and bolts composition workshop for young composers has not only established itself as a core component of the New York Youth Symphony, but has locked itself in as a vital mainstay within the creative new music scene, both cultivating and fostering new talent from a tremendous pool of young composers under the age of 23.
Founded by Derek Bermel and succeeded by Anna Clyne, the NYYS Composition Program is now skillfully directed by Kyle Blaha and Associate Director Michael Ippolito. Among the characteristically wide spectrum of concert music notables invited as guests this season are ASCAP composers Amy Beth Kirsten, Paul Moravec and Augusta Read Thomas. Past guests have included such luminary composers as Philip Glass, Jennifer Higdon, Nico Muhly, Stephen Sondheim and Christopher Theoanidis, to name a few.