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Music Composition


The Community Music School of Webster University is committed to the next generation of composers.

Individual Lessons in Theory and Composition

girl compositionCMS offers individual instruction in Music Theory and Music Composition for students to supplement their instrumental education and for students interested in focusing on music composition.




Allison Nalesnik, piano, theory, organ
M.M., Washington University; M.S. Organic Chemistry, University of Delaware; B.A., Oberlin College; Music Teachers National Association, Missouri Music Teachers Association and American Guild of Organists.

John Thomas, horn, theory, and composition
M.M. Horn and Music Theory, University of Missouri–Columbia; B.A. Music Education, University of Missouri–St. Louis; published works include pieces for horn octet, woodwind quintet, brass quintet, and wind ensemble; Symphony No. 1 premiered April 2000 by University City Symphony; orchestrations and arrangements performed by St. Louis Philharmonic and St. Louis Brass Band.

Mary Wisely, piano, theory 
M.M. piano pedagogy, Webster University; B.M. education, Webster College; member, MTNA national, state and local chapters.

Summer Composition Intensive

composers computer labA two-week summer program for students entering grades 7 -12.  Young composers meet in groups and with area composers and musicians to develop and refine their compositions.  At the end of the two-week intensive, all works are performed by professional musicians and recorded.  Click here for more information.


Young Composers Competition

sponsored by Arden & Harry Fisher

2015-16 YCC WinnersSince 2004, the Young Composers Competition has recognized and encouraged the efforts of those between the ages of 12 and 21 who are involved in the creative process of composing music.  This program, unique to the St. Louis region, is an open competition which has received submissions from St. Louis and throughout the nation.  Each year brings a new nationally known guest composer who is passionate about working with future generations of composers.

Awardees have their works performed by professional musicians in a public concert that is professionally recorded. Each awardee receives a written critique of his/her work and a conference with the guest composer.  Click here for more information.