Young Composer Project

A unique and exciting opportunity for students across the state to study with professional composers

The Young Composer Project is an amazing opportunity for a small group of statewide high school students to study in a cohort-style setting with the NHSO’s current Composer-in-Residence. This program is one of only four programs like it across the nation, and has produced a 100% acceptance rate to college composition programs.


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The NHSO is currently accepting applications for the 2021-23 Young Composers cohort. Applications are due by Friday, October 15, 2021 by 11:59pm.

Young Composer application

The 2021-23 cohort will be led by Emmy-winning composer Joel Thompson.

Check out the experiences of the 2015-2017 cohort in their reflection video:

Alumni Profiles

Daniel Zlatkin

Member of the 2009-2011 cohort
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Working in the NHSO Young Composer Program changed my life. I was given musical encouragement and exposure that was at the time unprecedented for me. The preparation and premiere of my piece at the end of the program by the first rate members of the New Haven Symphony, as well as the highly valuable and constructive advice from the composer Augusta Read Thomas and Maestro Boughton are things that greatly helped my musical development. Working in the NHSO Young Composer Program helped me decide to continue into music as a career. I am quite lucky to have had such an opportunity.

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