Opus 27 – “The composers were great and the musicians were fantastic.”

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An audience member wrote, ” We thoroughly enjoyed all the performances. The composers were great and the musicians  were fantastic.”

Opus 27 was held at Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael’s College on Monday, Opus27_wholegroupJanuary 6th. Fifty-one students posted works-in-progress to the online mentoring site during the fall for feedback from our composer mentors. Twenty-one works were selected as “best for live performance”. At Opus 27, each student had the opportunity to discuss their work with the musicians in rehearsal. Students were supported at the rehearsals by the professional composers and/or their teacher.

Professional Performers for Opus 27:
Inora Brass
Chris Rivers and Jason Whitcomb, trumpet
Joy Worland, French horn
Lori Salimando Porter, trombone      Bill Keck, tuba

David Feurzeig and Matt Podd, piano
Nicola Cannizzaro and Andrew Gagnon, percussion

Grace Chris and Stefanie Weigand, Soprano
Sarah Kervin, alto    Erik Nielsen, tenor   Eric Brooks, baritone

Thanks to all our professionals, students, teachers and parents. Continue below for audio files, photos and the student description of each work. Access the print program here.

The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund

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The ASCAP Foundation is dedicated to nurturing the music talent of tomorrow, preserving the legacy of the past and sustaining the creative incentive for today’s creators through a variety of educational, professional, and humanitarian programs and activities which serve the entire music community.

We’re proud to be supported by the ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund for our project titled, Composer to Composer: Professional Mentoring Young Composers.

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Vermont Arts Council

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Music-COMP received a 2012- 2013 Operating Support Grant from the Vermont Arts Council. We’re proud to be supported by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. This award will strengthen resources for musical composition and arranging programs for youth within a community of professional composers and teachers.

The Vermont Arts Council was founded in 1964 on a simple and powerful premise: that the arts enrich lives, expand minds, and form a vital thread in the fabric of Vermont community life. The Council fosters classical, traditional, and emerging forms of artistic expression. It finds enduring ways to make the arts a part of all Vermont communities, bringing inspiration to Vermont citizens and visitors in every corner of the state. It advocates for and supports the arts as a central part of education for all people.

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National Endowment for the Arts

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The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.

We’re proud to be supported by the National Endowment for the Arts through our state organization, Vermont Arts Council.

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Program Sponsors

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Grant Funding Provided By: ASCAP Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Vermont Arts Council

In-Kind/Business Sponsors: Advance Music, Ballad Hobart America Legion Post 36, Black River Boosters Club, Castleton State College Department of Music, Colchester-Milton Rotary Club, Community National Bank, Counseling Connection, Ellis Music Company, Frederick Johnson Pianos Inc., Gilt Edge, The Grammar School, H.F. Grabenstein BowmakerGravel & Shea Attourneys at LawGreen River, Inside Music, Ithaca College School of Music, Jay Peak Music and Art Series, Johnson State College, J.W. Pepper, Lake Champlain Access Television, The Law Offices of Fred V. Peet, Merchants Bank, North Country Hospital, Paul Perley Cellos, Rotary Club of Ludlow, Rotary Club of Newport, SoundTree, UVM Music Department, Wicks & Maddocks Attorneys at Law

Opus 24 Wrap-Up

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A photo from the balcony of the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium of our students, performers, composer mentors and teachers. May 2, 2012. Congratulations to All! Thanks to our supporters for making the event possible.

Listen to the variety of compositions, read the student descriptions of their work, and leave a comment.

Echo’s Lament

Annie Beliveau

Grade 12, Essex High Schoolannie-senior-photo-3_lev_col

“This piece for four voices sets to music a passage from the play Cynthia’s Revels, written around the year 1600 by Ben Jonson. The passage shows Echo’s reaction Narcissus’s death from her point of view.
The piece uses chant influences and word painting as well as traditional harmony to illustrate the mournful words.
Here is the text of the poem:
Slow, slow, fresh fount, keep time with my salt tears;
Yet slower, yet, O faintly, gentle springs!
List to the heavy part the music bears,
Woe weeps out her division, when she sings.
Droop herbs and flowers;
Fall grief in showers;
Our beauties are not ours.
O, I could still,
Like melting snow upon some craggy hill,
Drop, drop, drop, drop,
Since nature’s pride is now a withered daffodil.”

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Echo’s Lament

Serenata

Ethan Duncan

Grade 7, Williston Central SchoolIMG_2519

“My piece for Opus 27 is called Serenata. It features a
piano, two trumpets, and a drum. It is meant to sound like a
Spanish song. The original instrumentation (acoustic guitar,
marimba, two trumpets, and the piano) was changed to meet
the needs of Opus 27.”

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Serenata

The Old Man of the Sea

Eileen KocherlakotaEileenKocherlakota

Grade 11, Burlington High School

“The Old Man of the Sea is for voice and piano. The lyrics are to a poem by James Whitcomb Riley titled “The Old Man of the Sea.” The poem sounds light at first, but the words give it a deeper and darker meaning. It sounded like a sea shanty when read, so that is the feeling that the music tries to evoke. The song has a chorus that comes back between verses. The chorus is always the same melody, but the verses each have a different melody to fit the feel of the words. The overall feeling of the piece can be described as “joyful” and “jaunty.” Enjoy!”

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The Old Man of the Sea

Fly!

Ella Warner

Grade 6, The Grammar SchoolEllaWarner_smaller

“FLY! is a song for piano, French horn, and voice in the Key of C.  I started with a common chord progression in the Key of C as in Magic Changes from Grease, then I put my own spin on it and added lyrics. I was inspired to write this song because we have been studying slaves and the challenges they faced to become free. This song is about freedom and considering the timing of Nelson Mandela’s passing, I decided to tribute this song to him and how he won his freedom for himself and so many others. I used the images of an eagle soaring high and a dolphin swimming in the deepest sea and how they represent freedom to me. ”

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The Burning City

Jihad Bis Saif

Saigeyn Green

Grade 11, North Country UHSSaigelyn

“Jihad is an Arabic word, meaning “struggle”. The term “Jihad Bis Saif” together translates to “struggle by the sword”. It refers to a religious journey that many Muslims complete, fighting inner and outer struggles. Like in a journey, this brass quintet is slow-going at first, but once it picks up the pace, it takes off, seemingly unstoppable, and with great determination. In the piece, like in a religious journey, there are sudden moments of realizations, and intense emotions being felt. ”

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Jihad Bis Saif

Morning Fanfare

Sammy Beste

Grade 6, Edmunds Middle School

Sammy with teacher Betsy Nolan and classmate Oscar Felcan at the rehearsal.

Sammy with teacher Betsy Nolan and classmate Oscar Felcan at the rehearsal.

“I wrote this piece for the Trumpet, Trombone and the Tuba. It is a happy lively piece with one basic tune that is repeated but with different notes and rhythms. “

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Morning Fanfare