Opus 32 Information

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New Info for all

Livestream broadcast: https://livestream.com/lcatv/opus 

Concert at 6:30 pm EDT, Monday 15, 2017

Download the program for the concert here.

Rehearsal Schedule - download here. Student composers should arrive 45 minutes prior to their rehearsal time to check in and observe one or two rehearsals on stage prior to their own. Bring at least one copy of your complete score. It's helpful to bring 3-5 additional copies to share with other students who observe your rehearsal too.

Performance fee: Selected students each pay $65 to help defray the costs of musicians, hall rental, score preparation, workshops, dinner and snacks. Some schools pay this fee while others expect parents to pay the fee. Check in with your music teacher and if you need to pay the fee, you may pay here or mail a check for $65 to Music-COMP, 30 Steeplebush Road, Essex Junction, VT 05452. 


Be sure to invite friends, family, neighbors, and community members to this event. Everyone who attends is amazed at the student work and thrilled to be in the live audience.

Announcing Opus 32 musicians: 

Letitia Quante and Jane Kittredge, violin; Elizabeth Reid, viola; Michael Close, cello; Evan Premo, contrabass.

Berta Frank, flute; Katie Oprea, oboe; Steve Klimowski, clarinet and bass clarinet; Julian Partridge, bassoon.

Alison Cerutti, piano.

We met our goal of $10,000 to support Opus 32 with our Kickstarter campaign. Thank you to all our supporters who made this happen! 

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Opus 32 will be held on Monday, May 15 at Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael's College in Colchester. The family-friendly, free concert is at 6:30 pm. Rehearsals begin at noon with concurrent workshops for students. Join us anytime during the afternoon to see students guiding professional musicians in how to perform the student work.  Submission details, fee info, selection criteria, and composing resources available below.

A Note to all Student Composers: We at Music-COMP want to thank all the students and teachers who participated in our Opus 32 composition and mentoring process. Out of over 100 works submitted for mentoring over the past two months, we have selected 26 for performance. They represent the most suitable works of those submitted from students in grades 4-12. To those whose compositions were selected, congratulations. You have every reason to feel proud of your accomplishment. To those whose pieces were not chosen, we know you are disappointed. We hope that you will take comfort in knowing how much you have learned about composing and about yourself during this process. We also hope that you will continue to compose. That is the important thing. Many students take what they've learned during this process and grow through it, creating more successful works in the future. We hope that happens with you. 

Selections Announced for Opus 32 Live Performance


Title Composer School Grade Level
A Skip and a Twirl Erin Magill Harwood UHS, Duxbury 11
America, What Have You Done Alex Wick Edmunds Middle, Burlington 8
Calliope Anna Halladay Burlington High School 10
Chaconne Ethan Duncan Independent Student - CVU 10
Destiny Hunter Masson North Country Junior High School 8
Dune Izzy Patterson Essex High School 11
European Village Daniel Wick Champlain Elementary, Burlington 5
Five Worlds Theme Drew Frankenberg Independent Student - West Rutland 7
Galaxy Macie Steiner Champlain Elementary, Burlington 5
Kingdom of Water Jamie Maddox-White Main Street MS, Montpelier 5
Penumbral Jacob Dennison Lake Region UHS, Orleans 12
Pilgrimage Davis Holt Independent Student - Rice HS 11
Rain Dance  Nancy McNichols Edmunds Middle, Burlington 7
Rise Cassandra Beste Champlain Elementary, Burlington 5
Road Trip Blues Isaac Dunkiel Edmunds Elementary, Burlington 5
Saturdays in Norwich Jackson Levengood Brattleboro Union HIgh School 11
Springtime Sophie Wood Independent Student, Otter Valley UHS 12
Stuck in the Corner of a Circle Ellery Stahler The Dorset School 8
The Butterfly Hyoin (Ellen) Rhee George Mason HS, Falls Church, VA 12
The Moonlight Ball Brigham Cooper Rutland Intermediate School 5
Theater Politica Emily McNichols Edmunds Middle, Burlington 8
Thunder and Lightning Isabelle Greenewalt The Grammar School, Putney 5
Traffic Lights Grace Carlomagno Montpelier High School 10
Verdant Voyage Matthew Skelly Harwood UHS, Duxbury 12
Walzer von Ihrer Majestät  Noah Samuelsen Main Street Middle, Montpelier 6
Wanted Man's Jig Rachel Schwartz Harwood UHS, Duxbury 12

Important Dates to Remember for Opus 32:

4/3 - Announcement of selected works

4/13 - Score preparation - "concert ready" scores for selected compositions due

5/15 - Concert at Elley-Long Music Center. Rehearsals begin at noon. Concurrent workshops and rehearsals continue through the afternoon. Buffet dinner at 5:15. Concert at 6:30 pm.


Online Mentoring Required within New Mentoring Site: All teachers and students will need to register, and create a new profile even if they used the mentoring site prior to July 2016. Usernames and passwords for our old site are no longer valid. The handout below will help with the registration process.

Music-COMP Guide to New Mentoring Site

  Submission Details:

  • All works for Opus 32 must be submitted for online mentoring. (Register for mentoring here. Music-COMP participants only. Read how to participate.)
  • First drafts may be as short as 4 measures. These works will develop through the online mentoring process. 
  • Finished works as short as 16 measures are acceptable, especially from younger students.
  • Maximum length for any work is 3 minutes.
  • Mix or match from all available instruments. The event benefits from a variety of solos, duets, trios, quartets, and larger ensembles.

 Opus 32 Fees: 

  • There is no entry fee, but online mentoring fees apply. Payment for online mentoring prior to posting is required.
  • If selected for the Opus 32 performance, a student pays a $65 performance fee. This includes a rehearsal with the musicians, dinner, workshops, DVD recording of the event. Fees help defray the cost of hall rental, musicians, marketing, afternoon snacks and dinner. Our total event expenses including mentoring is about $12,500.
  • Additional student composers are welcome to attend the event day for a $15 fee which covers dinner, snacks, concert, and workshops.
  • The concert is free and open to the public. It is family friendly with a 6:30 pm concert. Invite a large crowd! We welcome and need donations to continue Opus concerts in the future.
  • Parents and families are welcome to reserve dinner at the event space. More info and onllne reservation system coming soon. The price is around $11 per person for a buffet with a choice of main dishes, salad, bread, drinks and dessert.
  • Selected students must attend the rehearsal and performance for their selected work to be performed. Online options available for out of state students.

 Selection Criteria:

Music-COMP professional composer mentors review the student works on the mentoring website at the conclusion of the Opus 32 posting time. Mentors vote on those compositions "best for live performance" within three grade level groups: elementary, middle level, and high school. Announcement of those selected works will be Monday, April 3, 2017 by noon on this website. If selected, the student work is not finished, but ready for the final details of score preparation - an important step prior to sending scores and parts to musicians. A professional composer mentor will guide each student in score preparation which must be completed by April 13th. This process usually take two or three more discussions and 7-10 days to complete.

Mentors review each work for: correct range for the instruments; accurate notation; evidence of dynamics, articulations, and expressive marks to convey the student composer's intent. The score must be titled and include the name of the student composer. 

 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.


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