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Emissary Quartet has paired with Seattle-based composer Kaley Lane Eaton to develop this innovative and exciting new program. Over six weeks, a small cohort of talented middle school and high school musicians will meet with Kaley and Colleen in Seattle for three 2-hour workshop sessions, culminating in a final performance of their new compositions by Emissary Quartet.

Applications are now closed and the Young Composer Project is well under way! If you'd like to hear our students' final projects, please join us for our final session on April 19 at 8:00pm at the University Heights Center, room 109.

We are seeking motivated, enthusiastic middle school and high school students with a passion for music and creativity - if you’ve never composed, don’t worry! We’re looking for adventurous souls who have dreamed about what it might be like to have professional musicians play their musical ideas, and are committed to learning new and important skills that enable them to do this.

Scholarships are available to students to whom the registration fee may not be accessible - our goal is to enroll the most creative and enthusiastic musicians regardless of ability to pay.

Workshop Details:

  • Who is eligible to participate? Middle school and high school musicians who want to write original music for four flutes, guided by composer Kaley Lane Eaton and EQ flutist Colleen McElroy. No prior composition experience required.

  • When and where? All sessions will be held in Room 108 at the University Heights Center (5031 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105)

Composition Session 1: Wednesday, March 22, 6:30-8:45pm

Composition Session 2: Wednesday, April 5, 6:30-8:45pm

Composition Session 3 and Performance with Emissary Quartet: Wednesday, April 19, 6:30-8:45pm. In this final session, Emissary Quartet will perform the new compositions and discuss them with the composers. Friends, family, and members of the public are welcome to this final celebration!

  • Cost? Registration fee: $100

A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available. See the Financial Aid Application below for more details.

  • Application deadline: March 21, 2017 at 11:59pm. DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Questions? Contact us at Include "Young Composers Project" in the subject of your email.

About Kaley Lane Eaton

Kaley Lane Eaton is a composer and vocalist currently based in Seattle, WA. Her work has been performed across the US and internationally, in venues ranging from Hong Kong concert halls, to the streets of Skid Row in Los Angeles. Seattle's Live Music Project calls Eaton's work "startling," "intriguing" and "enjoyable ... fresh, thoughtful and, importantly in the nova music area, pleasant on first hearing." With a background as a multi-genre vocalist, instrumentalist, and teacher, Eaton's work crosses genre boundaries, exploring how the voice, body, and unconscious world of the performer can provide musical data through electronics and improvisation. Her new multimedia song cycle, "lily of the valley", will premiere in Summer 2017, supported by 4Culture's Tech Specific program. In Spring of 2017, Eaton will be an associate artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts with master artist and grammy-nominated composer Derek Bermel.

In addition to her life as a performer and creator, Eaton is a seasoned teaching artist and arts education activist, having taught in socially conscious music programs around the US. She has developed and taught courses at the Los Angeles Philharmonic's

Associate Composer program, Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, Boston Public Schools, Watertown Children's Theatre (Boston), Arts Corps (Seattle), Creative Music Adventures (Seattle), and the University of Washington (Seattle). 


Eaton is currently a DMA candidate in composition at the University of Washington and is a Teaching Artist with the Seattle Symphony.

The Emissary Quartet Young Composers Project is partially funded by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.
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