Opus 35 Information

In light of the escalating concerns about the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19 in our region, Music-COMP will be postponing our Opus 35 performance originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 24th. We will be rescheduling Opus 35 for an alternate date in the coming months and will update everyone as we are able to make plans. 

 

OPUS 35 Selected Works

John Wallace, Grade 3 Champlain Elementary School: Piece in C Minor

Aven Jorgenson, Grade 4 Champlain Elementary School: Broken Branches

William Price, Grade 4 Edmunds Elementary School: Jungle Drums

Lewin Kasser, Grade 5 The Grammar School: Floyd

Arlo Bolles, Grade 5 Integrated Arts Academy: Twill

Julia Wulff, Grade 5 Crossett Brook School: Rolling Waves

Naomi Shpaner, Grade 6 Colchester Middle School: Sad Glories

Ella Wilson, Grade 6 The Grammar School: Chocolate Cake

Sophia Perone, Grade 6 Rutland Intermediate School: Samurai River

Jamie Maddox-White, Grade 8 Main Street Middle School: Istanbul

Callum Robechek, Grade 8 Main Street Middle School: Dunes of Sand

Otis Starbel-Murphy, Grade 8 Independent Study: Untitled

Aiyana Baldasty, Grade 9 Colchester High School: An Anorak’s Waltz

Jonah Sayler, Grade 9 South Burlington High School: Fanfare Euphoria

Drew Frankenberg, Grade 10 West Rutland School: Dances of the Desert

Nancy McNichols, Grade 10 Burlington High School: Lungs of the World

Miles Ellis Novotny, Grade 10 Burlington High School: Wake-Up Call

Kyrsten Paroline, Grade 11 Randolph Union High School: Hopeful Tides

Alex Wick, Grade 11 Burlington High School: Coolest Camel in the Desert

Katya Mueller, Grade 12 Hartford High School: Waiting for Sleep

Kai Williams, Grade 12 Vergennes Union High School: Tidal

Ethan Hall, Grade 12 Mount Mansfield Union High School: Brass Quintet

 

We are very excited to announce that our 35th annual Opus concert will be held in Burlington on March 24th, 2019! Young composers are paired with professional composers as they create an original piece of music, which is then premiered by the best musicians in Vermont to hundreds of friends, family and community members. First postings may be added to the Music-COMP website any time between November 10th and December 10th. Remember, your first posting only needs to include a few measures of music and a description about what you want to write! You will be able to compose your music over the following months under the guidance of your mentor. 

This can be a truly life changing experience for young people, and each Opus concert reminds us the creativity held by the next generation of musicians. It's an amazing opportunity that you don't want your children or students to miss!

Opus 35 Resources for Composers and Teachers

Opus 35 Instrument Ranges

Composing a Melody

Copyright Guidelines For Composers Working With Text

Words Of Wisdom From a Drummer

 

Instrumentation:

  • Brass Quintet (2 Trumpets, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba)
  • Voice (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
  • Piano
  • Saxophone (1 Player - Baritone, Tenor or Alto)
  • Percussion (2 performers, including all mallet instruments as well as a drum set)

Important Dates:

  • November 10th - December 15th: FIRST POSTING SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON OUR WEBSITE
  • Friday, February 28th: FINAL POSTING DUE
  • Monday, March 2nd: SELECTED WORKS ANNOUNCED
  • Wednesday, March 11th: SCORE PREPARATION FOR SELECTED WORKS DUE
  • Tuesday, March 24th: OPUS 35 AT ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL

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  Submission Details:

  • There is no prior composition experience necessary! Each and every student in grades 3-12 who submits for Opus 35 will be paired with a professional composer as their mentor while they create a new work.
  • Works can be written for any combination of the available instrumentation
  • All works for Opus 35 must be submitted for online mentoring and undergo at least two revisions throughout the writing process
  • First postings may be as short as 4 measures! Much of the work will happen over the course of a few months as the young composers work with their mentor

Selected works will be performed by the best musicians in Vermont, and young composers will be able to work directly with the performers to make their music come to life!

If you are new to Music-COMP and Opus, please feel free to reach out directly with questions you may have and to see how your children or students can participate.

Questions? Contact Director Matt LaRocca at matt@music-comp.org

Opus 35 Brochure

Music-COMP 2019-2020 Membership Form

Mentoring Permission Form

Guide to the Music-COMP Mentoring Site

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