Application Guidelines

Dates for the 2024 season will be made available in January 2024.

Eligibility and
Application Instructions

The DMICS 2023 composition student program (July 31–August 13) is open to all composers, aged 18 and above, who identify as student or emerging composers.

To apply, submit your materials via the online application. Please send two representative scores in PDF format, preferably demonstrating familiarity with chamber music and/or vocal writing. Your scores need not fit the instrumentation available at DMICS 2023 (piano trio, voice(s) and piano, or mixed chamber ensemble). However, if you wish to submit a work in progress, or a work you would be interested in revising and recording during the program, you may do so, as long as the piece fits a subset of the DMICS instrumentation. Instrumental solos, art songs, and chamber pieces are all acceptable.

You must also submit recordings of each submitted score. MIDI realizations are acceptable, especially in the case of works in progress. In the online application, you have the option to upload an MP3 file, or submit a link to a streaming service or file hosting service (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.).

Please also submit a short musical resume or CV that includes your education, major teachers, and a list of compositions.

The application fee has been waived. If you have paid the $40 applicaition fee prior to April 21st, funds will carry over to the tuition payment.

Thanks to a generous local donor, limited need based scholarships are available. If the cost of tuition presents a significant barrier to entry, please request information about our scholarship availability from

IMPORTANT: DMICS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. The sole criteria for acceptance shall be the quality and suitability of the work submitted.

DMICS requires that all participants show proof of full vaccination against Covid-19 before arrival in August. All adults living in the United States are currently eligible to receive a free Covid-19 vaccination, and it is the responsibility of all DMICS participants to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 prior to their arrival in Del Mar. All DMICS events will be held in full compliance with all local, state, and federal guidelines regarding Covid-19 safety.

to Submit

May 15, 2023


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DMICS 2021
Student Composer

Attending DMICS was one of the best decisions I’ve made for my career thus far. From the knowledgeable and supportive instructors to the idyllic beachside locale, DMICS is like a vacation infused with personal and professional growth. Since attending DMICS, my skills have improved, my confidence has flourished, and I have made significant progress pursuing a graduate degree in music composition. I highly recommend this symposium for any young composer looking to make new connections and further develop their individual style and technique.”

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