Composing Together brings professional composers directly into classrooms to collaborate with youth in creating and performing their own musical compositions, empowering them with the knowledge that their ideas have meaning, value and the power to shape the future.



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The "My Words, My Music" program combines music composition with original poetry.  Audiences and artists collaborate to create a unique spoken word piece performed as a grand finale at the end of every performance. Available as both multi-visit school residencies and stand-alone concerts for all ages.  




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Here's a recent "My Words, My Music" poem:


The Leaves


The leaves were flying in the air,

making music in the park.

But one of the leaves didn’t feel like it.

He stayed on the ground

and said, “I can’t sing, I can’t fly.”

He asked his friends to help him, 

but they can’t.

Then a man came and saw one leaf on the ground.

He gave him a spindle of golden dust.


 by Marco, 7th Grade, Oakland



 Composers collaborating 2016








Recent and Upcoming Performances


SF Ethnic Dance Festival with Persepolis Project

San Francisco Opera House  July 15-16

Glenview Strings Camp, Oakland Aug. 3, 1:30PM

San Leandro Main Library Family Concert Aug. 3, FREE 3:30-4:30PM

300 Estudillo, San Leandro

San Francsico Main Library Family Concert Aug. 27, FREE  2-3PM

Composing Together at Edna Brewer Middle School, Oakland Sept. 19

"Art of Trio" (core CT composers' trio) with guest harpist, Diana Rowan

at Napa Design Center Sept. 24

Composing Together at Armstrong School, Belmont Sept. 27

Composing Together at Willard MS, Berkeley Oct. 16

Free Family concert, The Hub, Vallejo Nov. 18, 3PM

Choral concert, Longfellow MS, Berkeley Dec. 5, 7PM

Free Family concert, Hercules Library Dec. 12, 6PM

Free Family concert, Pinole Library Dec. 13, 6PM


Free Family concert, Suisun City Library Jan. 13, 2PM

King Middle School , Berkeley

Feb 21, 8am

Longfellow Band and Strings concert, Berkeley March 6, Free   7PM

Berkeley Arts Center, Berkeley  March 10, 3pm (donation)

Live Oak Charter School, Petaluma March 14, 7PM Free

Octopus Book Store, Oakland May 25 7PM ($10 or less)











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