Opus 30 Info

Thank you to students for your engaging and creative works! Thanks to our incredible musicians! Thanks to all teachers, composer mentors, parents, board members and staff for your part in making an exciting day for all on Wednesday, April 29th at Opus 30 at the Chandler Center for the Arts.

Celebrate20colorOpus 30 honored Vermont Arts 2015, in celebration of public funding for the arts as well as Music-COMP's 20th anniversary. Read behind-the-scenes story about Opus 30 at the VAC Blog. VAC 2015 color WEB

 Complete List of Opus 30 Selections Below.

 Post Concert - Important Information for Parents, Students, Teachers and Friends:

  • Consider summer online mentoring and/or the student summer workshop with Erik Nielsen. More information here.

  • DVD and Blu-Ray disc orders of the complete Opus 30 concert including many student interviews and rehearsal footage available here. Order today! This is an incredible video program produced in collaboration with Lake Champlain Cable Access TV. You'll learn more about Music-COMP and hear from many students about their experiences.


New this year for Opus 30 - Vermont Music Inspired by Vermont Themes: Since we’re celebrating Music-COMP’s 20th anniversary and 2015 Year of the Arts in Vermont, all compositions for Opus 30 have some connection to Vermont. This concert is full of original music inspired by Vermont seasons, nature, maple syrup, historical events and more.

Featured Instruments and Performers: 

Woodwind Quartet

String Quintet

Berta Frank, flute

Katie Oprea, oboe and English horn

Steve Klimowski, clarinet and bass clarinet

Julian Partridge, bassoon and contrabassoon

members of the

Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble

Letitia Quante, violin

Jane Kittredge, violin

Elizabeth Reid, viola

Michael Close, cello

Evan Premo, bass


Selected Works for Opus 30


Elementary Selections - Grades 3-5

Drifting Snow Neika Haire Charlotte Central School 4
In the Depths of Lake Champlain Ella Mason Champlain Elementary School 5
The Weather Outside Gracie Bangoura Integrated Arts Academy at HO Wheeler 5
The Mimic Victoria Barbieri Integrated Arts Academy at HO Wheeler 5
The Green Mountain Storm Darius Parker The Grammar School 5
The Mystery of Winter Zoe Robb The Grammar School 5
Happy Winter Day in Vermont Kaleigh Goulet-McCarthy Wallingford Elementary School 5
 Middle Level Selections - Grades 6-8 
A Vermont Autumn Day Erik Heitsmith Ludlow Elementary 6
War is Comin' Asom Hayman-Jones Glover Community School 7
Wind Quartet in D Major Anna Halladay Edmunds Middle School 8
St. Albans, 1864 Ethan Duncan Independent Study Student - Willsiton Central 8
Autumn Pixies Nadia Scoppettone Main Street Middle School, Montpelier 8
Frosty Tango Colin Desch Main Street Middle School, Montpelier 8
 High School Selections - Grades 9-12 
Couching Lion Erin Magill Harwood Union High School 9
Two Irish Dances Rachel Schwartz Harwood Union High School 10
Winter Walk Jacob Dennison Lake Region Union High School 10
Sunset in the Mountains Cameron Kimball South Royalton High School 10
Vermont's Magic Leslie Bixby Black River Union High School 11
Battle for Vermont Susie Francy Leland and Gray Union High School 11
Vermont's Journey of the Four Seasons Jonathan DeRoehn North Country Union High School 11
Inverno in Tre Movimentos Anna Scoppettone Montpelier High School 11
The Frozen Lake Eileen Kocherlakota Burlington High School


The Moment Malayna Johnson Harwood Union High School


The Roamings of a Snowshoe Hare Saigelyn Green North Country Union High School


Vermont Variations Patricia Bristow-Johnson South Burlington High School



Resources for Composing and Mentoring: Go to http://musiccomp.wordpress.com/category/podcasts/  for podcasts and score examples created by Erik Nielsen to guide your composition should you choose oboe, bassoon, viola or contrabass – also called double bass, string bass or upright bass.

Parent permission for online mentoring for 2014-2015.

See this info sheet for details including fees, due dates and the fine print about submitting work for Opus30.


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