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

Listen to the Creation Project 2018 Culminating Concert Pieces!


ComposeMKE 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.

Listen to the ComposeMKE 2018 Intergenerational Piece!

Present Music’s 2019 Creation Project/ComposeMKE Community Concert:

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 -ALL DAY!

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum – Garden Opening Day!

2220 N Terrace Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

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


Sponsored by:

  • United Performing Arts Fund
  • Bader Philanthropies, Inc