Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young

The 45th Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young will take place on April 5-7, 2024 and will feature this year’s commissioned composer Lera Auerbach.

Admission is free, please register by completing the form at the bottom of this page.


The Rivers School Conservatory Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young was founded to address the need of young performers to hear, play, and learn the music of their time.  Since 1978 the seminar has presented 3,254 pieces, representing more than 1,920 composers and 720 premieres, including 227 commissioned pieces.  Each seminar’s programming is unique; pieces are performed only once, so that repertoire, composed within the last 25 years, is constantly being explored.  Every year RSC commissions one composer for a major work.  Past commissioned composers and guests include:

John Cage
Sorrel Hays
Chen Yi
Wendy Rolfe
Ivan Tcherepnin
Daniel Pinkham
John Harbison
Gunther Schuller
Joan Tower

Sir John Tavener
Lukas Foss
Samuel Adler
Lowell Liebermann
Michael Gandolfi
Robert Sirota
Libby Larsen
Matthew Aucoin
Andrew List

The idea of young performers, composer, and audiences interacting with one another in an artistic and creative way has sparked the imagination of educators.  Our seminar has become the model for many such events throughout the United States and the world.

Performed Over
New Pieces
By more than
world premieres
and over
commissioned works