Student Composer Showcase

Student Composer Showcase - a feature produced by Vermont Public Radio Classicalpic - Joe Goetz from VPR classicalLaunched in April 2013, VPR Classical broadcasts a series featuring one Music-COMP student the first week of each month and makes these segments available on their website as well. An interview of the selected student with VPR Classical music host, Kari Anderson, concludes with one composition by the student recorded in a live performance. Listen to all student features here:

June 2014 - Nathan Watts, senior from Essex, VT.

May 2014 -  Eileen Kocherlakota, junior from Burlington. Read the press release.

April 2014 - Johna Saltsman, a senior at North Country Union High School, Newport.

February 2014 - Annie Beliveau, senior at Essex High School, Essex Junction, VT.

Annie's featured work on the Student Composer Showcase focused on a vocal work, the first for the showcase series. Echo's Lament was performed at Opus 27. Annie's latest composition, Clarinet Quintet, was performed at Opus 28 on April 30, 2014.

Annie graduated Summa Cum Laude from Essex High School in June 2014 and will attend Middlebury College with a major in music. She plans to continue studying composition and other areas of music.

January 2014 - Saigelyn Green, a junior at North Country Union High School, Newport.

Here's another work by Saige. Jihad Bis Saif for brass quintet performed by Inora Brass at Opus 27 on January 6, 2014. Recording.

December 2013 - Alex Wick, a fifth grader at Champlain Elementary School, Burlington.

Additional Music-COMP performances composed by Alex. Concerto in G Minor from Opus 26, April 2013 for flute, oboe, bassoon, violin. Minuet in C Major performed at Opus 24, April 2012.

November 2013 - David Fisher, a senior homeschooled student from Burlington.

David's new vocal work is The Burning City from Opus 27 in January 2014.

October 2013 - Daelan Roosa, an eighth grader from Barnet School.

Previous works with recordings by Daelan are: Insidious Whisperings from Opus 26. A Cello with Attitude from Opus 24. Waterfall from Opus 23.

September 2013 - Noah Marconi, senior at Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg.

Update from Noah: "I will be attending the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. I will be pursuing a degree in composition with a cello concentration. I recently completed my third orchestral piece, Dances of Spring and a commissioned piece, Duet for Violin and Cello."

August 2013 - Nathan Chan, junior at U32 High School, East Montpelier.

Nathan updates us: "Pages from One Summer will be performed again this summer by the Vermont Philharmonic at their Middlebury Pops Concert on The Lawn at the Mahaney Center for the Arts at Middlebury College on June 27th at 7:30. In September 2014 I will be moving to NYC and I will be attending the Institute of Audio Research in Manhattan studying audio recording. I will continue to write music and perform in the city."

July 2013 - Ivan Voinov, senior at Vermont Commons School, South Burlington.

Ivan updates us, " I'm studying Computer Music and Recording Arts and Sciences at Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Currently, I'm working on trying to successfully fuse old folk music with various modern genres of music, with my latest project, "Raja" being a fusion between traditional middle eastern music and electronic dance music. Alongside with that, I'm learning to play the Duduk, an ancient double-reed instrument, an ancestor to the modern clarinet, and using that in my music."

"Apart from that, I've had a piece performed in Taiwan where I collaborated with a few musicians to create an experimental/modern electroacoustic piece of music. Since I don't have the rights to the full song, I'm sending in the work that I wrote, namely, the piano/prepared piano parts - it definitely works as a piece on it's own."

Recording of new work - Dirge for piano and prepared piano

June 2013 - Cecelia Daigle, senior at Harwood Union High School, Duxbury.

May 2013 - Jacob Morton-Black, senior at Colchester High School.

Jacob wrote: "I am headed back to Ithaca in the fall still as a composition major. I attached my final for my composition class that was performed at the end of the semester. I titled it Metalliche Traume (Metalic dream), because I wanted to explore the many sonorities of metal. The piece is for flute, celeste, vibraphone, and percussion."

Recording of Metalliche Traume

April 2013 - Justin Gates, senior at Missisquoi Valley Union High School, Swanton.

Justin sent the following update: "Last year at Berklee [College of Music in Boston], I performed in numerous musical theater productions and became part of the Student Board for the Musical Theater Club, all of which greatly aids me on my path towards composing for musical theater. At the end of this year I declared my major as Composition for next fall, which will likely be followed by a Dual Major in Professional Music with a focus in business and a minor in Drama. This summer I plan on continuing to compose my own pieces for several song cycles concepts, as well as a piece for a friend's recital. I am also working as an Office Assistant at the Flynn Center of Performing Arts, and a Teacher's Assistant for the FlynnArts Summer Education Programs."