Score One for Young Composers

Score One for Young Composers

by Chester Lane

The New York Youth Symphony’s Making Score program offers hands-on experience in the creation of music, to unleash the composer within. … Making Score, a four-year-old project of the New York Youth Symphony that offers musicians ranging from pre-teen to 22 –some of them, but not all, members of the orchestra– broad exposure to techniques of composition, orchestration, arranging, and creative collaboration with performers. … Though unprecedented in the annals of orchestra education programs, Making Score is almost ‘business as usual’ for the New York Youth Symphony, part and parcel of its remarkably broad mission to develop young talent while pushing the boundaries of the repertoire. … During the last two decades, no youth orchestra in the country has been more relentlessly committed to generating new music than the NYYS. … This year’s sessions offered a fascinating window into the different orientations that established composers have towards the orchestra. … ASCAP’s Fran Richards, who sits in regularly on the Making Score sessions, at one point told me [the writer], ‘You can be in a Ph.D. program in composition and not be challenged like this.’

Publication Information

September 1, 2004
Symphony Magazine