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Continuing Education - Youth and Precollege

Summer 2014 Youth Programs in the Arts:
Songwriting Workshop

girl writing music and playing keyboard

Grades 7–12

Program Schedule

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Previous Performances

Let’s hear song ideas! Improve your ability to write, record, perform, and promote your own songs of any and all styles! Hone your songwriting skills by taking daily small-group instruction on piano and/or guitar, lyric writing, music theory, and arranging. Learn how to use software programs like Pro Tools and GarageBand. Develop successful means of marketing both you and your music through the Internet and other “grassroots”-oriented tactics. Participate in “hands-on” recording sessions and refine your live performance skills with the guidance of the renowned faculty and alumni of Purchase College. Receive a DVD of the final performance!

To broaden exposure to the arts, the Songwriting Workshop can be combined with the Creative Vocal Lab, Vocal Intensive, Minecraft™ Designers and 3-D Video Game Creators (new!), Code Breakers and App Designers (new!), Creating Comic Books, Young Actors, Young Nature Explorers (new!), Young Filmmakers, Shakespeare Workshop, and/or Young Architects to make for a well-rounded summer experience.

Session I: June 30–July 11
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$1,115 for the first registration
$1,003.50 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 2, 2014)

About the Instructors

Tom Rosato (lead instructor) graduated from Purchase College with a MusB in studio composition and an MM (studio composition concentration). As a professional music producer and recording/live engineer, Tom has been working in renowned recording studios and venues for more than 10 years and has worked with countless industry professionals and artists in both the live and studio audio arenas. As a producer, he has co-written and produced records for many artists.

Evan Feist (lead instructor) has composed, arranged, taught, and performed a cappella music and vocal percussion for more than 11 years. He has worked closely with Pitch Perfect, NBC’s The Sing Off, and FOX’s Glee, among many others, and has served as vocal coach for The Voice on NBC. He earned two master’s degrees from Teachers College at Columbia University and a MusB from Purchase College. Evan is the general manager at Stacks of Wax, an audio production company.

Andrew Fox (instructor) is a songwriter, producer, pianist, and orchestrator. His theatrical orchestrations include Starkid’s Twisted, Foreverman (winner of the 2012 NYMF Award for Excellence for Outstanding Orchestration), and more. He also produced Twisted’s original cast recording, which reached number 67 on the iTunes Top 100, and the Twisted: Twisted bonus record. He is a composer in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Songwriting Workshop and holds a MusB in studio composition from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College.

Blake Reynolds (instructor) received his MM (studio composition concentration) from Purchase College in May 2010. Since then, he has been pursuing a career in game composition and songwriting. His first published work, the soundtrack to the iPhone game “100 Rogues,” was released in summer 2010. He is currently working on the soundtrack to its unofficial sequel for Android phones.

Updated June 5, 2014

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