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April 14: 9am-5:30pm      –      April 15: 1:30pm-9pm

LOCATION: The Carr Center

15 E. Kirby St., Midtown Detroit (Inside the Park Shelton building)

Visiting The Carr Center Gallery & Performance Center Details

Learn from some of the best composers in America!

This two day symposium will bring both high school and college composition students together with the community to discuss the career and craft of being a composer in today’s world. Alongside our 2021-23 Resonate composers, attendees will hear dialogues on how decisions are made while making music. Each day, the symposium will end with a concert showcasing our Resonate composers works that were commissioned over the last two years.

Students admission is FREE with student ID.

General Admission: $15 per day | Two day pass: $25

(Price includes all events on that day.  Come for some, or stay for all.)

Who should attend?:





Beat Makers


Event Features

Keynote speakers


Artist talks

Open rehearsals by performers

University admissions panel

Networking with other musicians

Symposium Admission & Ticket Details

Tickets provide access to all symposium events at The Carr Center on the assigned day. You have the flexibility to pick which events you want to attend – we hope to see you at all!

Students are FREE with a student I.D.

General Admission: $15 per day | Two day pass: $25

For more information or to sign up groups, contact Jainelle Robinson (robinson@art-ops.org).

Symposium Agenda

Friday April 14th

9:00am Welcome and Keynote address with Damien Sneed

10:00am-12:00pm Open Rehearsals and Small Group Discussions with composers

12:00pm-12:45pm Lunch w/ Damien Sneed

1:00pm-2:00pm Resonate Concert

  • Differences composed by Pamela Z performed by Western Michigan University
  • Monuments composed by Adolphus Hailstork performed by University of Michigan & Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings
  • Radical Revelations composed by Nathalie Joachim performed by Michigan State University

2:00pm-2:30pm Post Concert Q&A with composers

2:30pm-3:30pm BREAK

3:30pm-5:30pm Composition Masterclass with University Students

Saturday April 15th

1:30pm-3:30pm Open Rehearsals and Small Group Discussions with composers

3:30pm-5:30pm Composition Masterclass with University Students

5:30pm-7:00pm* BREAK

*6:30pm Doors open for concert

7:30pm-8:30pm Resonate Concert + Q&A

  • Endless Shout composed by George Lewis performed by Justin Snyder
  • blackportrait composed by Michael Frazier performed by Oberlin College and Conservatory
  • The Resonate Suite composed by Patrice Rushen performed by the Carr Center

8:30pm-9:30pm Closing Reception