Music Programs

A4TY: Album for the Young

New Music Composed and Performed by Students of Bloomingdale School of Music.

About Album for the Young

For young music students the composer is perhaps the most remote figure in the musical process—either a famous name from the history books or little more than an afterthought. Professional composers often work with professional musicians, writing with their particular abilities in mind. For both students and composers it can be revelatory to participate in the process of creating and preparing a piece of music written for young performers. A4TY seeks to bring these two groups into direct contact, opening a window into the other’s working methods and creative process. In addition, students perform each others’ works, increasing their exposure to new, original music, and honing their ability to articulate musical ideas through the rehearsal process.

The A4TY Student Composing Project commissions composers to write new works for the Bloomingdale School of Music. In addition, there is a Call for Scores from student composers in the Bloomingdale community. The project, now in its sixteenth season, was founded by Katy Luo and is currently curated by Margalit Cantor.

A4TY (Album for the Young)
 Student Composing Program
A Night of World Premieres
Thalia Theater, Symphony Space
March 7, 2020, 4:30 pm & 7 pm
Tickets: $15
Featuring a New Work by Exploring the Metropolis Con Edison Composer-in-Residence
” And yes, they were Works of Art indeed – no kiddie recital, this!  (George Crumb, move over!). ” – Jon Deak, Founder, New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers Program
For 16 years Bloomingdale School of Music (BSM) has maintained a special focus on introducing students (ages 7-17) to composition through their A4TY (Album for the Young)  Student Composing Program.  The March 7th concerts will feature 39 student compositions, divided over two concerts, ranging from solo works for piano, violin or cello, to works for small chamber ensembles of strings or mixed wind, strings, brass and percussion groups. The first concert at 4:30 pm is for the younger students while the second concert at 7 pm will represent the work of older and more advanced students. Both concerts will feature the premiere of a new commissioned work for 5 violins by composer, Pauline Kim, current 2019-20 Exploring the Metropolis Con Edison Composer-in-Residence
Since its inception the A4TY program has premiered over 150 scores, commissioned 22 professional composers and presented 220 students performing new music.
Concert 1: 4:30 pm
Concert 2: 7:00 pm


Tickets will be on sale at the Symphony Space box office for $15 each, available at If purchasing tickets is not possible for you or your family, please let Margo know directly at and she will arrange for you to get tickets. No one will be excluded because of this.

Bloomingdale School of Music is proud to partner annually to host an Exploring the Metropolis ConEdison Compose-in-Residence.

To learn more about the Composer Residency programs visit:

Concert Scores

"It was both fun and inspiring to hear these young artists. Annike was very proud to be part of this innovative project...Three grandmothers were enraptured by the dedication and talent of these young performers."

Karen & Douglas

Bloomingdale Parents

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