Opus 32 Information

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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.


Purchase Opus 28 DVD

Order your Opus 28 concert video now. This program includes the full concert as well as fascinating highlights from afternoon rehearsals and student interviews. Available for standard definition DVD or as Blu-ray disc. You need a Blu-ray player for the Blu-ray disc. Shipping is included. Order Today!


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Thanks to Lake Champlain Access TV in collaboration with LCPTV for this video. Special thanks to Maggie Triggs, Assistant Production Manager at LCATV, for her keen eye and grasp of this project.


Outstanding Opus 28

A large audience enjoyed the Opus 28 concert on April 30, 2014 at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium. Individual students rehearsed their work with the musicians in the afternoon. Throughout the day, students, teachers, and parents attended workshop sessions, discussion groups and observed rehearsals. Audience comments from the day highlighted the amazing compositions by students, outstanding performance and professionalism of the musicians, and the great venue for this event. Click here for larger photo of the participants.

Audio recordings coming shortly. Order form for the full concert DVD here.

Opus 28

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium
37 Depot Street, Ludlow, VT  05149

Selected Works Listed Below

Order your Opus 28 concert video now. This program includes the full concert as well as fascinating highlights from afternoon rehearsals and student interviews. Available for standard definition DVD or as Blu-ray disc. You need a Blu-ray player for the Blu-ray disc. Shipping is included. Order Today!

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Thanks to Lake Champlain Access TV in collaboration with LCPTV for this video. Special thanks to Maggie Triggs, Assistant Production Manager at LCATV, for her keen eye and grasp of this project.

25 student compositions were performed in concert with professional musicians on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium in Ludlow, Vermont. Donations to support the project and future Opus events are always welcome.

Performers for Opus 28

Letitia Quante, violin Laura Markowitz, violin
Elizabeth Reif, viola Michael Close, cello
Evan Premo, contrabass
Berta Frank, flute Katie Oprea, oboe and English horn
Steve Klimowski, clarinet and bass clarinet Julian Partridge, bassoon

The Selected Works are listed below. Congratulations to all 80 students who submitted their work to our online mentoring website and participated in discussion with composer mentors for feedback about their work over the last eight weeks. We'd love to perform all the works that were completed, but that would be a very, very long concert. We hope each of you will continue to compose and share your works in this unique and valuable learning experience.

 Title Student Composer Grade  School
A Perilous Journey Kael Kysar 6 Rutland Intermediate School
Clarinet Funk Erik Heitsmith 5 Ludlow Elementary School
Clarinet Quintet Annie Beliveau 12 Essex High School
The Bass Place Brendan Magill 7 Harwood Union Middle School, Duxbury
Duette for Flute and Violin Isa Kaplan 6 Charlotte Central School
Festive Dance Emily Lurvey 6 Hardwick Elementary School
Frolic and Despair Ian Morvan 10 Springfield High School
Midnight Ride Colin Desch 7 Main Street Middle School, Montpelier
Overture to Mud Season Daelan Roosa 8 Barnet School
Resonance Wayne Alexander 6 Glover Community School
Schizophrenic Daydream Fred Petzoldt 12 North Country Union High School, Newport
Scottish Sailor Song Ethan Duncan 7 Independent Study - attends Williston Central School
Shades of Purple Erin Magill 8 Harwood Union Middle School, Duxbury
Sinking Ship Alex Wick 5 Champlain Elementary School, Burlington
Snowy Blues Abby Crowley 6 Mt. Holly School
String Quartet Rachel Schwartz 9 Harwood Union High School, Duxbury
TA DA! Rosie Saccardo 5 Ludlow Elementary School
The Four Seasons Amelia Opsahl & Wells Mundell-Wood 5 The Grammar School, Putney
The Misty City of Brigadoon Meredith Beals 12 North Country Union High School, Newport
The Night of the Sanziene Johna Saltsman 12 North Country Union High School, Newport
The Overshadow Saigelyn Green 11 North Country Union High School, Newport
The Year Gone By Jessica Beliveau 7 VYOA and Bergeron Studio - attends ADL School, Essex Junction
Time Immemorial Nathan Watts 12 Independent Study - attends Essex High School
Wild Flowers Emilie Boulette 6 Wallingford Elementary School
Petite Opus Noah Saberhagen 12 George Mason High School, Falls Church VA





Past Opus Events

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The Opus events began in April 2000 when a string quartet from the National Symphony Orchestra was engaged to perform selected student compositions. As part of their week-long residency program in Vermont that spring, Music-COMP was selected from among a number of proposals to involve the orchestra with the Vermont communities. The electricity and excitement from that event where students heard their music with living, breathing instruments instead of from a computer convinced all in attendance that live performance was the next direction for the project.

Since that April concert, semi-yearly events have taken place: once in the fall/winter with featured instruments of brass, percussion, piano, and voice; once in the spring with featured instruments from a string quartet or quintet and woodwind quartet or quintet. You can hear works from Opus 15, held on November, 2007 up to the most recent Opus concert here.

For examples of student work from OPUS 23-27 

For examples of student work prior to Opus 23