Composition Program

For DMICS’ 5th season, we are extremely excited to welcome Martin Bresnick (Charles T. Wilson Professor in the Practice of Composition at the Yale School of Music). Professor Bresnick will be with us for the duration of the program and will be joined by his long-time collaborator, pianist Lisa Moore, who will lead DMICS artists-in-residence in several performances of Bresnick’s work.

Program Highlights


DMICS was a fun and inspirational way to meet musicians and composers from around the country with a wide array of experience. I’ve made many connections from my time in Del Mar–some that have given me opportunities far after I left the symposium–but perhaps more importantly, I’ve gained more allies and friends than I could have imagined. Through masterclasses, rehearsals, concerts, and walks on the beach, I’ve learned quite a lot about how to be a composer and even more about how to be my OWN composer.”


All the faculty had very lovely music. Every single composer’s music was an inspiration in some way, shape or form for my own composing.”


More than any other musical experience that I’ve attended, DMICS cares about one thing—growth. How do we grow as musicians and composers? And how can we grow together?

“Deeply devoted to the personal growth of each composer as a craftsman, DMICS focuses on each concert or recording session as less of a “final project” and more of an opportunity for growth. How does each musician feel playing each melodic line? What changes could make the score more intuitive for the musician to interpret? How do the lines of counterpoint, melodic development, timbral balance, and rhythmic consistency impact the final sonic architecture?

“DMICS Faculty Members focus on opening each student’s mind to all the possibilities for what music can be—rather than restricting a composer to a specific genre, style, or ideology.

How do you want to grow? As an artist? As a person? More than anything, DMICS will focus on elevating you to your next level, wherever you are heading next.”

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