Launching in October 2016, this initiative works with students from the YMCA Teen Center two times a month, showing them how a piece of music goes from paper to the stage.

Music students will work with teaching musical artists and special guests from the Erie Philharmonic to learn how to read and write music, structure a song, and arrange for different instruments. Student’s final work will be performed LIVE by the Erie Philharmonic in November 2017.  Additionally, film students will work with teaching film artists to learn how to script, shoot and produce for film. Student’s final work will be shown LIVE at an Erie Philharmonic concert in November 2017.

The Composition & Film School is made possible by gifts given to the David Matthews Memorial Fund at the YMCA of Greater Erie. Special thanks to the Erie Philharmonic, Life Thru Music, Erie Arts & Culture and Unearth Film, LLC.