Building upon the recent success of the Iraq Young Composers Initiative at YES Iraq 2012, American Voices is developing forums for the training of young composers at its YES Academy programs.
The Iraq Young Composers Initiative in 2012 was funded by The Sinquefield Charitable Foundation and led by Missouri-based composer Patrick Clark. The program included the study of 20th and 21st century composers and trends as well as the composition and arranging of Iraqi folk material for string quartet. At the end of the forum, selected student compositions were performed by the YES Youth String Orchestra. This was the first training offered to composers in Iraq in over 20 years.
In 2013, American Voices plans to expand this program to Thailand and Lebanon as well as continue in Iraq.