Young Women Composers Camp

After two summers in residency at Temple University, the third season of Young Women Composers Camp (YWCC) was all virtual. The new format grew participation to 50 composers, ages 13 to 24, from as nearby as Philadelphia and as far away as Turkey and Australia. Each completed a short piece for solo performer. 

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About 100 years ago, composer and teacher Nadia Boulanger was among the most influential, newsworthy figures in the world of classical music, leaving an indelible mark on countless composers of the 20th century and the craft itself.

Listen to a sampling of new music that teenage girls have written as part of the Young Women Composers Camp, now in progress on the campus of Temple University.


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.

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A group of high school girls are spending two weeks this July on the Temple University campus, immersing themselves in the world of music composition. They're taking classes in music theory, ear training, and composition of orchestral scores and songs, using electronic as well as acoustic music.

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Composer Missy Mazzoli, whose star continues to rise, is passionate about encouraging more young women to write music.  She spoke with WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston about her own path, and breaking through the barriers that have left creative women in the cold.