ComposeMilwaukee participants collaborate to create an imaginative piece of new music that they can perform. Over course of six to ten workshops, a professional composer will work with sounds that are meaningful to the participants and introduce them to various styles of contemporary music.  The composer will lead a group of 15 to 20 participants and facilitate a creative composition process.  Participants DO NOT need prior musical training.

Present Music’s 2nd annual ComposeMilwaukee Community Concert:

Saturday, June 10 at 3pm
Kadish Park amphitheatre
FREE and open to the public, featuring performances from all of our school and community partners!

Sponsored by:

  • United Performing Arts Fund
  • Herzfeld Foundation
  • Bader Philanthropies, Inc.
  • MPS Partnership for the Arts


Creation Project

Present Music’s Creation Project places composers-in-residence with Milwaukee-area schools and community groups to assist students in creating their own meaningful musical works. The program culminates in a public performance of the students’ compositions performed by the participating students in collaboration with Present Music’s professional musicians.

Upon completion of the 10-week residency, more than 1,000 students have learned:

  • How harmony and melody interact
  • How to construct rhythm
  • The significance of musical form/composition theory
  • How to orchestrate for an ensemble
  • To collaborate, problem solve and publicly present their work


Final Performance for the Creation Project with UEC Outdoor Leaders:

Tuesday, August 30, 3-4pm
Washington Park Urban Ecology Center
1859 N. 40th Street

Students in the Urban Ecology Center’s Outdoor Leaders program have worked with Present Music Composer-in-Residence Connie Grauer to create an original song with lyrics based on their experience at the Center. Students develop creative writing and personal expression skills while learning song structure, melody and accompaniment, and rhythmic patterns. Students will perform and record their original song, “Sounds of the Earth,” on August 30. This program is supported by UPAF and the MPS Partnership for the Arts and Humanities.

    The Creation Project is made possible by these generous donors:

  • ASCAP Foundation- Irving Caesar Fund
  • Herzfeld Foundation
  • Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation
  • Milwaukee Arts Board
  • MPS Partnership for the Arts
  • William Stark Jones Foundation
  • Woman’s Club of Wisconsin