Summer Music Composition Institute

May 10, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Illinois Wesleyan School of Music will hold a Music Composition Institute for high school students, including graduating seniors, running from Sunday, June 17 to Saturday, June 23.

Tuition for the program is $560, with additional costs of $170 and $150 for housing and meal plan respectively. To register or to receive a more detailed program schedule, email Mario Pelusi at or call the School of Music at (309) 556-3061. The deadline for registration is May 25.

The principle instructor will be Pelusi, professor of composition and theory and director of the School of Music. Additional instruction will be provided by faculty members with particular expertise in the area of music technology. Students will learn about composing effective music in several different styles and studying music at the collegiate level.

The program will include in-class performances by professional musicians, instruction on film and television music and how to prepare a composition portfolio for college auditions, scholarship and career opportunities, songwriting and composition competitions, conducting techniques and more.

Ethan Berl, a student who previously participated in the program said, “The piece I had created by the end of the week was completely different from anything I would have written at home. I certainly expanded my musical horizons, while at the same time making lots of new friends.”

Contact: Courtney Keenan, ’12, (309) 556-3181,