About the Very Young Composers Program:

I manage the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composer’s program. The Very Young Composers (VYC), created by Jon Deak (Founder, composer and former Associate Principal Bassist), creates opportunities for children to discover and develop their individual musical voices. Children – with or without musical training – discover how to create and realize their own music through a unique approach to composition, supported by teaching artists who act as mentors and scribes. This program aims to empower children by celebrating their creative potential, while also breathing new life and hope into the world of symphonic and concert music with fresh ideas and playful experimentation. All students have the opportunity to write and workshop their music with professional musicians and ensembles, and sometimes the full orchestra!

Learn more about the Very Young Composers program and VYC Founder Jon Deak on the Philharmonic website. Also, especially those with kids, please keep an eye on our Learning@Home page featuring videos and creative explorations created by our world-class Teaching Artist faculty.

Here is a series I’m developing called VYC: Listen Up! featuring our Young Composers’ music performed by members of the New York Philharmonic.