CompFest!

Harvard Student Composers Festival: Dec. 2-5, 2020

Headshots of Joshua Redman '91, Terri Lyne Carrington,  Tania León, Yvette Jackson, Vijay IyerThe Harvard Student Composers Festival – CompFest – celebrates student composers in all musical genres at Harvard College. Over the course of four days – December 2-5 – students will present original work and participate in conversations with esteemed faculty members and alumni about the compositional process, and the festival will wrap up with an evening of original works during the CompFest Cabaret. With a kickoff Keynote Dialogue, Young Alumni Composers Panel, faculty and student panels, and a concluding cabaret, CompFest will feature the vast music making talent and diversity at Harvard. 

Here's the lineup -- and check back soon for registration details!

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 7:30pm
CompFest Keynote Dialogue
Featuring saxophonist and composer Joshua Redman’91, and composer and conductor Tania León
With a special welcome from musician and composer Rhiannon Giddens, artistic director of Silk Road
Moderated by Ingrid Monson, chair of the Harvard University Department of Music
Register here for the Zoom link.

Thursday, Dec. 3, 7:30pm
CompFest Spotlight Series, Session 1
Original Compositions by Students with Faculty Respondents
Miranda Agnew ’21, Joy Nesbitt ’21, Benjy Wenzelberg ‘21
Faculty Respondent: Terri Lyne Carrington, Berklee College of Music
Register here for the Zoom link.

Friday, Dec. 4, 7:30pm
CompFest Spotlight Series, Session 2
Original Compositions by Students with Faculty Respondents
Devon Gates ’23, Chloe Levine ’22, Jenny Yao ‘22
Faculty Respondent: Yvette Jackson, Harvard University Department of Music
Register here for the Zoom link.

Saturday, Dec. 5, 12pm
CompFest Spotlight Series, Session 3
Original Compositions by Students with Faculty Respondents
Gabe Ory ’21, Mercedes Ferreira-Dias ’23, Ria Modak ‘22
Faculty Respondent: Vijay Iyer, Harvard University Department of Music
Register here for the Zoom link.

Saturday, Dec. 5, 4pm
CompFest Young Alumni Composer Panel
Phillip Golub ‘16, Zoe Sarnak ‘09, Sam Wu ‘17
Moderated by Jack Megan, Director of the Office for the Arts at Harvard
Register here for the Zoom link.

Saturday, Dec. 5, 7:30pm
CompFest Cabaret
A Showcase of Original Student Compositions Performed by Students
Emcee’d by Cahleb Derry ’20

Produced by the Office for the Arts, in partnership with the Harvard University Department of Music, Harvard Composers Association, and Harvard Undergraduate Songwriters Collective.

PHOTOS from left clockwise: Joshua Redman '91, Terri Lyne Carrington,  Tania León, Yvette Jackson, Vijay Iyer