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 2018 Creation Project/ComposeMKE Community Concert:

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 – 12-4pm
Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

2220 N Terrace Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

FREE and open to the public, featuring performances from all of our school and community partners!

Featuring Selections from:
  • Ronald Reagan IB High School
  • Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra
  • Bradley Tech High School
  • Villa St Francis & St Joseph Academy


Sponsored by:

  • United Performing Arts Fund
  • Herzfeld Foundation
  • Bader Philanthropies, Inc.


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


The Creation Project is made possible by these generous donors:

  • Bader Philanthropies
  • Herzfeld Foundation
  • Milwaukee Arts Board