International Composer Workshops on Writing for the Solo Flute and Harp with Jenni Brandon

International Online Summer Composition Workshops: Writing for the Solo Flute
and Solo Harp


 Registration for both workshops closes Friday, May 28th, 2021 by 9pm Central.

Workshop space is limited so register soon!


Award-winning composer Jenni Brandon ( is partnering with award-winning composer and conductor Daniel Baldwin of Polyphony Artist Management ( to offer the International Online Summer Composition Workshops on writing  a new work for either the solo flute or solo harp. They will be joined by flutist Nicaulis Alliey and harpist Joseph Rebman in this unique and collaborative setting. 

Participants will dig into the nuts and bolts of writing for the instrument, participate in discussions about the business of music, collaboration, and creating a successful career. Private composition lessons will be taught by Jenni and Daniel, and Daniel will also offer a career consultation with each participant. Each composer will write a new work for the instrumentalist and have their work premiered by this professional instrumentalist in an online concert.  A professional recording of the composer’s work will be provided.

As we continue to navigate the effects of cancelled and rescheduled opportunities and performances, now is a great time for composers to collaborate with fellow composers and instrumentalists to work on writing for the solo instrument. Solo repertoire is always in demand, and these summer workshops are designed to support you in creating, collaborating, and growing your repertoire.

The International Online Summer Composition Workshops are open to everyone who has previous composition experience.  This is an inclusive workshop where all people and ideas are welcome, and we strive to create a safe environment where collaboration and creativity thrive.

Each workshop includes writing for the specific instrument of either harp or flute.

Below is a general outline of what to expect during the International Online Summer Composition Workshops:

Online Group Sessions (sessions will take place on Zoom):

* Nuts and bolts of writing for the instrument, range, register, techniques and tips as shared by the instrumentalist

*  Listening sessions

* Read throughs of draft of new work with Instrumentalist

* Discussions on the business of music, developing a collaborative project, publishing, score preparation, writing program notes, and more

*  Private Composition Sessions with Jenni or Daniel: 3 sessions per composer scheduled throughout the workshop

*  Private Artist Career Consultation with Daniel in conjunction with Polyphony Artist Management

*      World premiere concert and final recording of new work during Summer 2021

Dates & Sessions

  • Group Sessions are approximately 2-3 hours
     Friday sessions:4pm Pacific/6pm Central/7pm Eastern
        Saturday Sessions: 10 am Pacific/12 pm Central/1pm Eastern 
  • Private composition lessons (3 per composer)
  • Career Consultations will be scheduled with Jenni and Daniel throughout the workshop.

Workshop #1: Writing for the solo flute with flutist Nicaulis Alliey

               Dates: June 4-18, 2021

Session 1: Friday, June 4  – Flute masterclass with Nicaulis
            Session 2: Saturday, June 5  – Listen and Score study
             Session 3: Friday June 11th – Business of Music Discussion
            Session 4:  Saturday June 12th – Read-through session with Nicaulis

About Nicaulis Alliey, Flute 

Performing artist, teacher, author and entrepreneur, has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician and flute teacher in France, Venezuela, the United States and the Caribbean area. First Prize Unanimous of the Ville de Paris (1994), First Prize at the Latin American Flute Competition (Caracas, 2000), Rafael Rincon Gonzalez Award to Cultural Merit (Universidad del Zulia, 2011) and Glenn Korff Outstanding Artistry-Scholarship Award (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2015), Nicaulis Alliey is an artist with Polyphony Artist Management and part of the Artistic Roster of Cayambis Music Press, and develops her artistic work as a solo perfomer, flutist with Music of the Americas Ensemble (chamber music) and with La Cuadra Venezolana (Venezuelan and Latin-American music, traditional-jazz fusion). Dr. Alliey has been featured as a soloist with most major orchestras in Venezuela, has been First Flute with Orchestre International de Paris, Assistant Principal Flute with Orquesta Sinfónica de Lara, First Flute with Orquesta Sinfónica de Maracaibo, and flutist with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra. 

Workshop #2: Writing for the Solo Harp with harpist Joseph Rebman

  Dates: June 25-July 16, 2021

    Session 1: Friday, June 25  – Harp masterclass with Joseph
    Session 2: Saturday, June 26  – Listen and Score study
    Session 3: Friday July 9 – Business of Music Discussion
    Session 4:  Saturday, July 10 – Read-through session with Joseph

 About Joseph Rebman, Harp

A strong believer in new music, Rebman is frequently involved in the premieres of new music and the promotion of the harp to composers. Since the summer of 2019 he has been harp faculty at the Mostly Modern Festival, where he gives lectures and seminars to composition students about the harp and performs new works by students and faculty as part of the American Modern Ensemble. Rebman has also given lectures on writing for the harp to students at Atlantic Music Festival, Cleveland Institute of Music Young Composers Program, Rocky Ridge Music Festival, University of Oklahoma, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Based on this experience, Rebman was invited to be a featured presenter at the 2018 American Harp Society National Conference, speaking as part of a panel on the topic of commissions and working with composers.


Individual workshop is $525

To participate in both workshops is $830

A limited number of scholarships are available – a separate application for scholarship is required.

For more information regarding scholarships, contact:


 Registration for both workshops closes Friday, May 28th, 2021 by 9pm Central.

Workshop space is limited so register soon!


Jenni Brandon, Composer

Jenni Brandon is a composer and conductor, creating music in collaboration with other musicians and artists.  She has over 50 works published, telling stories through memorable musical lines influenced by nature and poetry. Commissioned to write music from solo to orchestral works, her music appears on over 20 albums. Her music has been awarded the Sorel Medallion, American Prize, Paderewski Cycle, Women Composers Festival of Hartford International Competition, and Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition among others. Her works are published and distributed by Boosey & Hawkes, Santa Barbara Music, Graphite, TrevCo, Imagine, J.W. Pepper, June Emerson, and her own publishing company Jenni Brandon Music.  As a conductor she conducted her one-act opera 3 PADEREWSKIS in the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center in 2019. She also presents workshops on collaboration and the business of music, striving to create a supportive environment where collaboration leads to an exploration of ideas.

Daniel Baldwin, Composer​

Born in 1978 in Blackwell, Oklahoma, Daniel Baldwin is quickly becoming one of the most highly sought after and widely performed composers in the world today. His music has been described as “epic”, “refreshingly beautiful”, “gorgeous and moving”, and “beautifully inspired” by critics around the country. He is an award winning composer who has been commissioned by performers from the top orchestras in the world to include the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, and National Symphony Orchestra, among others as well as prestigious ensembles to include the Lincoln Symphony, Tulsa Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the West Point Band. His music has been presented on National Public Radio, in prestigious venues around the world such as Carnegie Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, on hundreds of University stages around the world, and at National and International conventions around the world to include the Masterworks Festival, Midwest Clinic, MENC National Convention, Kansas Bandmasters Convention, and at the International Festivals of the associations of Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, and Double Reeds, among others. Dr. Baldwin currently serves as the principal conductor and music director of the National Composers Orchestra and is the owner of Polyphony Artist Manageement.