They are 18 teenage girls from across America who dream of careers writing music. They're now wrapping up two intensive weeks at Young Women Composers Camp on Temple University's Campus. They're studying composition for strings, winds, percussion, brass, and voice; writing classical works, songs, and jazz.
Listen to three selections of their new works, performed by the professional musicians of the string quartet ATLYS and sit in on the conversation with WRTI’s Susan Lewis. You'll here Quinn Harley's "Please Don't Let Me Go Home," Emma Moyer's "Nostalgia," and Emily Liushen's "Mad Mallards."
These girls have come to the Young Women Composers Camp from nine states; from as close as Philadelphia and as far away as South Dakota, Oregon, and Kentucky.
Each has worked on a piece that will be performed in a special concert the last day of camp by ATLYS, a professional string quartet of all women.
For WRTI's Facebook Live event, ATLYS played three student works. There was also a choral performance by the entire group of students, whose choral work during the camp helped hone their composition skills.