Corwin Zekley (left), Elias Sedmayr (at piano) and Michaela Gradstein, all featured songwriters, perform at the Dec. 5 Stephens Recital Hall launch of the new music department concentration in songwriting. Photo courtesy of Idyllwild Arts

Nicky Martin, performs “Juveniles,” a song he co-wrote with fellow songwriting student Will Whitaker. Photo by Marshall Smith